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Gen Xs Roe vs. Wade (Terri Schiavo)
Catholic Exchange ^ | 3/24/05 | Pete Vere, JCL

Posted on 03/24/2005 12:16:54 AM PST by jobim

Gen X’s Roe vs. Wade by Pete Vere, JCL

As we commit this reflection to writing, Terri Schindler-Schiavo has spent the past five days without food and water. A federal judge refuses to grant the injunction requested by Terri’s parents. This injunction would see the handicapped woman’s feeding tube reinserted as the federal courts review her case.

Terri’s survival is now a matter of Divine providence. For even if her feeding tube was restored, only a miracle could prevent Terri’s organs from suffering irreversible damage after five days without nutrition and hydration.

All of the undersigned are Catholics in full communion with Rome. We denounce this slow and painful execution of Terri Schindler-Schiavo. We denounce this execution as gravely immoral, fundamentally unjust, and a gross violation of the Natural Law.

Pope John Paul II stated a little over a year ago that nutrition and hydration, even when administered through medical assistance, remain “a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act.” In short, eating and drinking are common to every living human. “Death by starvation or dehydration is, in fact, the only possible outcome as a result of their withdrawal,” the Holy Father continued. “In this sense it ends up becoming, if done knowingly and willingly, true and proper euthanasia by omission.” Thus we denounce the starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler-Schiavo as the deliberate euthanasia of a disabled woman.

Moreover, we denounce this execution as gravely immoral. The culture of death alleges that Terri is in a persistently vegetative state. We respond with the following proclaimed by the Holy Father: “Even our brothers and sisters who find themselves in the clinical condition of a 'vegetative state' retain their human dignity in all its fullness.” In other words, Terri is a human person. She is part of God’s creation and she enjoys the dignity common to every human person. No human power possesses the moral authority to pass judgment upon Terri’s life. For as the Holy Father reminds us, “The value of a man's life cannot be made subordinate to any judgment of its quality expressed by other men.”

Euthanasia is neither a matter of personal choice nor a matter of private morality. “Whatever its motives and means,” article 2277 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “direct euthanasia consists is putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.” To this teaching, the Holy Father adds: “The evaluation of probabilities, founded on waning hopes for recovery when the vegetative state is prolonged beyond a year, cannot ethically justify the cessation or interruption of minimal care for the patient, including nutrition and hydration.” In short, Terri’s disability and medical condition do not negate her essential dignity as a human person. Nor do Terri’s disability and medical condition limit her fundamental right to life.

Each of the undersigned was born during the 1970's. As members of Generation-X, each of us survived the abortion holocaust ensuing from Roe vs. Wade. A quarter of our generation did not. In the name of medical privacy and personal choice, a quarter of our generation found itself butchered from the womb. Abortion has claimed more lives among our generation than the combined effort of AIDS, drugs, and gang violence.

Yet our blood has not satiated the culture of death. In the name of medical privacy and personal choice, the culture of death now seeks the blood of our elderly, our disabled, and our terminally ill. Like Roe vs. Wade, the execution of Terri Schindler-Schiavo is a defining moment in the culture war. It sets a precedent whereby our society no longer judges our elderly, our disabled, and our terminally ill as fully human.

Terri represents every North American with special needs. In allowing an estranged husband to insist upon the execution of his disabled wife, and in allowing an activist judiciary to sanction such an execution because of the woman’s medical condition, we allow society to redefine the essence of our humanity. For society now judges each of us by our perceived productivity; our potential contribution to society must now meet some external quantitative standard. Otherwise society judges our quality of life as unworthy of quantity of life.

An old adage comes to mind: Those who fail to understand history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. This mistake is all too reminiscent of German eugenics in 1933, as well as the politics of abortion initiated by Roe vs. Wade in 1973. In our collective arrogance, we as a society refuse to learn from these mistakes. Thus we endanger the ten percent of our population with special needs. And if we may draw a lesson from modern history, what begins as reckless endangerment will soon entrench itself as social obligation. For as Fr. Richard John Neuhaus reminds us, “Where orthodoxy is optional it will soon be prohibited.” Conversely, we have learned from the culture war over abortion and the homosexual agenda that the opposite is also true: Where immorality is tolerated it will soon be imposed.

“First you kill those who want to die,” forewarns the American Catholic ecumenist Dr. Bill Cork. “Then you kill those whose family wants them to die, then those where one family member wants them to die, and then those whose families want them to live. Finally, you kill those who want to live but who get in the way of the state.”

The starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler-Schiavo is nothing short of a diabolical attack upon the delicate wonder and beauty inherent in human life. This includes the lives of the elderly, the disabled, and the terminally ill. It is a moral catastrophe of which the consequences will equal or exceed Roe vs. Wade. For in as much as we starve Terri of food and water, we starve our society of all that makes us civilized.

Pete Vere, JCL Catholic Author and Canonist
Matt Abbott Catholic Social and Political Commentator
John Pacheco Catholic Author and Activist
Michael Trueman, JCL, MDiv Catholic Author and Canonist
Shawn Tribe Catholic Author and Social Commentator
Aiden Reid Canadian Pro-Life Political Lobbyist
I. Shawn McElhinney Catholic Social and Political Commentator
Paul Tuns Editor, the Interim Newspaper
John-Henry Westen Editor, LifeSiteNews.com
© Copyright 2005 Catholic Exchange
Pete Vere is a doctoral student with the Faculty of Canon Law at Saint Paul University. He recently co-authored Surprised by Canon Law: 150 Questions Catholics Ask About Canon Law (Servant Books) with Michael Trueman and More Catholic Than the Pope (Our Sunday Visitor) with Patrick Madrid. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Ottawa, Canada.


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KEYWORDS: canonlaw; cary; euthanasia; genx; schiavo; terri; terrischiavo
As members of Generation-X, each of us survived the abortion holocaust ensuing from Roe vs. Wade. A quarter of our generation did not. In the name of medical privacy and personal choice, a quarter of our generation found itself butchered from the womb. Abortion has claimed more lives among our generation than the combined effort of AIDS, drugs, and gang violence. Yet our blood has not satiated the culture of death.

Echoes the haunting phrase of Peggy Noonan:
Those who are half in love with death will only become more red-fanged and ravenous.

May our Holy Thursday prayers with Our Lord and the Apostles, in commemoration of the Last Supper, bring us the fortitude to do what the Lord wishes us to do for our nation.
1 posted on 03/24/2005 12:16:54 AM PST by jobim
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2 posted on 03/24/2005 12:47:33 AM PST by kenth
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To: jobim
Hail Terri...

Child of God...

We pray those judicial sinners...

Do not cause the hour of thy death...

Amen !!!

3 posted on 03/24/2005 1:01:31 AM PST by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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4 posted on 03/24/2005 8:07:24 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: jobim
I have some questions for the Catholics on this forum or anybody else who knows a lot about Catholic theology.

1. I know Terri is Catholic. Is Michael Schiavo also Catholic?

2. I understand that a Catholic is normally free to remarry if his or her spouse dies. Is there an exception when the survivor has a hand in the death of his or her spouse?

3. Is Michael's conduct in this case grounds for him to be denied the sacraments or be excommunicated from the Church (if he is Catholic)? If so, what is the likelihood that this will actually happen?

Thanks in advance for the information.

5 posted on 03/24/2005 8:18:34 AM PST by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: Huntress
Perhaps someone with expertise will give your questions a more informed response than I can muster.

1)I don't know what Michael's religious affiliation is. Another post mentioned that Terri is deprived of all religious articles in the room. And of course we know she has been deprived of Viaticum (Holy Communion for the sick). What kind of Catholic would enforce this?

2)Normally, and everything about this case is paranormal, a spouse dying frees the other. If he has an illicit hand in the death, I don't see how he is free to marry in the Catholic Church, since he is unrepenetant of mortal sin. Like the child who murders his parents and throws himself upon the mercy of the court as an orphan.

3)Again, sacraments cannot be received in the state of mortal sin. Is he guilty of mortal sin? One of the requisites is full knowledge of the gravity of one's actions. Who can speak with certainty to this?

Will the Church act against him? A Boston College bioethicist, a Jesuit priest, today calls Michael a loving husband and the move to save Terri a conspiracy of rightwing power seekers. Liberal Catholics, of which there are legion, (Biblical pun intended) are liberals first and foremost, and many are in positions of power. Would they deny Michael? Did they find anything wrong with F'ing Kerry, who supported every conceivable abortion proposition?

An interesting question were he to come up against an orthodox bishop, however.
6 posted on 03/24/2005 9:51:02 AM PST by jobim
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The only quibble I have with Noonan's brilliant column is that the people who are so eager to pull the tube are not "half-in-love with death,"...

"For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death." --Proverbs 8:35,36

7 posted on 03/24/2005 10:03:10 AM PST by Mr. Silverback ('Cow Tipping', a game the whole family can play!)
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8 posted on 03/24/2005 10:07:35 AM PST by Mr. Silverback ('Cow Tipping', a game the whole family can play!)
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To: jobim

If this society can accept the brutal dismemberment of unborn children, then this starvation and thirst termination is really a non-issue.


9 posted on 03/24/2005 10:12:15 AM PST by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: Mr. Silverback
I took it the way we say: He left the saloon half crocked.

I agree with you that it's either/or, assuming one has sufficient knowledge.
10 posted on 03/24/2005 10:20:29 AM PST by jobim
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To: Huntress
Terri is Catholic. Schiavo is not, so the other questions you had would be irrelevant in his case. However, if he were Catholic: He would most likely face excommunication for the decision to slowly starve his wife to death. Well, I don't really know about likely...afaic, my CINO governor Granholm should be excommunicated, or at the very least denied the sacrament of the Eucharist for her staunchly pro-abortion politics. The Bishops here in Michigan pretty much give her a free pass. Sad. I don't know about the Bishops in Florida. I think, ultimately, they would be in the position to begin an excommunication process, if Schiavo had been Catholic.

I read recently, btw, that the woman Schiavo is currently shacked up with IS a Catholic. She ought to face excommunication for having an openly adulterous relationship.

11 posted on 03/24/2005 10:22:15 AM PST by grellis (You gotta problem with Wayne Newton?)
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12 posted on 03/24/2005 10:30:01 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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Ya know, something occured to me....the Schiavo case is being followed pretty closely in Italy....now I am not saying a thing other than this. The Mafia likes to style itself as "good Catholics". I wonder if Terri were to leave this eaarth, would certain "legitimate buisnessmen" make sure Michael followed close behind?


13 posted on 03/24/2005 11:14:21 AM PST by Braak (The US Military, the real arms inspectors!)
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Hmmmmmmm .... or, maybe, it's time right now for one of the Corleone clan to [adopting Brando voice] "make him an offer he can't refuse." ;)


14 posted on 03/24/2005 2:39:02 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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