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The Passing of a Real Hero
ce ^ | September 5, 2009 | Fr. Thomas Euteneuer

Posted on 09/05/2009 6:17:46 AM PDT by NYer

[This week] the pro-life movement mourns the loss of Mr. Robert Schindler, Sr., the father of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, whose fight for life captured the heart of the pro-life community in 2005. Mr. Schindler [was buried] in Philadelphia [yesterday] without the fanfare or accolades that are due a real champion who fought one of the most insidious evils of modern society — the legalized murder of the innocent. His funeral [was] not be televised on all the cable news networks, no cardinals [attended] it, and the President of the United States [[did] not deliver the eulogy — thank God. Mr. Schindler, however, is promised a better send-off than that. God Himself will him speak to him words spoken to all the suffering righteous: "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master."

It is hard not to notice the contrast between the funerals of Senator Edward Kennedy and Bob Schindler. The secular, brash and privileged "Lion of the Senate" had everything that the world had to offer, including comprehensive political protection from his Waterloo; the Chappaquiddick incident in 1969. He walked away from that one scot-free, and the country ever after that conveniently pretended it didn’t happen because no one would want to tarnish the image of a famous political family. Americans find it just too messy to honestly address casual killing. Ted Kennedy went on to continue his murderous rampage in his political career through his contemptible advocacy of legalized killing through abortion and the farcical defense of Roe by vetoing potential Supreme Court judges who might have rectified that terrible injustice in our country. Among the many sins he will have to account for before the Throne of Grace, his criminally buffoonish and cowardly causing of Mary Jo Kopechne’s death and its subsequent cover-up were perhaps the least. Ted Kennedy had a lot of innocent blood on his hands as he went to his judgment, as do all people who advocate or stand aside in silence at the destruction of the innocents.

Bob Schindler, in contrast, was not endowed with the privileges of wealth and social status, nor the political machine that could protect his back side in times of trouble. His family was ravaged by aggressive euthanasia activist lawyers who decided that his daughter was just not worthy of life because she was brain-damaged. He had to fight the son-in-law from hell who, despite a father’s unconditional offer to care for his own daughter, rammed the euthanasia agenda home viciously, even triumphantly. Bob had to endure the agony of three separate court-ordered starvations of his daughter, the third of which took her life in a brutal act of gloating evil that many compared to the Passion of Christ. Bob was the faithful father standing at the foot of the Cross and his vigils took place without the companionship of any cardinal or bishop there to rally the saints in defense of his daughter. His greatest sorrow was indeed that the very leadership of his Church, like the apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane, should have abandoned his family in their hour of need. Indeed, his local bishop somehow found more pressing needs in Asia and was AWOL in defense of Terri the week she was murdered. But despite the failings of the men who are given earthly powers to guide the Church, God never abandons his children. Bob was always in the company of the very best, sent from Heaven, and it is our firm belief that the angels are welcoming him home today as he meets the glory of God and at long last, is reunited with the daughter he loves so much.

No one deserves the kind of treatment meted out to him and his family, but Bob did not take it sitting down. He stood up and fought long and hard for what was right and showed us how to persevere in all our bitter battles. His heroism was humble and virtuous; despite opposition from all sides, despite being abandoned by churchmen, despite the slander his family endured, he held himself up and never faltered. He never "ran from the scene" as Kennedy did at Chappaquiddick; he stood his ground and faced the battle and then he did not let the story end there. If there was anyone whose suffering gave him a right to bitterly blame others and withdraw from the rest of the world’s problems, it was Bob Schindler. But he did not go that route. He was too much of a man of faith for that. Rather, he and his family set up the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation to assist all others who have are increasingly thrust into that same fight and need someone who has "been there" to stand against the powerful perpetrators of crimes against humanity who sit in our political culture arrogating to themselves the power of life and death, a power that has not been given to them.

Since Terri’s Fight in 2005 I have had the supreme privilege of standing next to Bob and the Schindler family on the front lines in the battle against the culture of death and its champions; but I know a real champion when I see one. Bob Schindler certainly paid a martyr’s price for his fidelity to the enduring values of faith and family and was a hero in every sense of the word. I will miss him! Indeed, we all will miss him, but we know that his spirit lives on in all those who patiently suffer injustice and in those who fight for life against the lions who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: bobschindler; euthanasia; moralabsolutes; prolife; rip; robertschindler; schiavo; schindler

1 posted on 09/05/2009 6:17:47 AM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 09/05/2009 6:18:26 AM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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3 posted on 09/05/2009 6:19:07 AM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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4 posted on 09/05/2009 6:27:54 AM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Jim Thompson!)
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To: NYer
Bob was the faithful father standing at the foot of the Cross and his vigils took place without the companionship of any cardinal or bishop there to rally the saints in defense of his daughter. His greatest sorrow was indeed that the very leadership of his Church, like the apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane, should have abandoned his family in their hour of need. Indeed, his local bishop somehow found more pressing needs in Asia and was AWOL in defense of Terri the week she was murdered. But despite the failings of the men who are given earthly powers to guide the Church, God never abandons his children. Bob was always in the company of the very best, sent from Heaven, and it is our firm belief that the angels are welcoming him home today as he meets the glory of God and at long last, is reunited with the daughter he loves so much.

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It's hard to type when my eyes are filled with tears. How lucky we are to have Father Euteneuer speaking out for us and our Church!

5 posted on 09/05/2009 6:28:27 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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This was the beginning of Government controlled murder of citizens they did not view were the “right” kind of citizen.


6 posted on 09/05/2009 6:33:07 AM PDT by growingpains
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To: trisham
The contrast Fr. Eutenueur draws between the two men and their respective funerals pinpoints the flawed views of those who view politicians as heroes. He truly nails that distinction in this eulogy.

Rest in Peace, Bob Schindler! May the angels escort you to Paradise.

7 posted on 09/05/2009 6:39:00 AM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

Fr. does not spare his adjectives in this one. It’s about time someone had the courage to do that.

From the beginning the pro-life movement needed men with courage, like this priest, who are not afraid to speak truth.


8 posted on 09/05/2009 7:25:35 AM PDT by Running On Empty ((The three sorriest words:"It's too late"))
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To: NYer

Beautiful. Inspired. (Note to self: Print and save.)


9 posted on 09/05/2009 7:53:47 AM PDT by Happyinmygarden (Yes, actually, I have pretty much seen and heard it all before...)
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To: NYer

This priest seems to know who to worship, not the Papacy or the clerics he is sorounded by.

Well done indeed.


10 posted on 09/05/2009 8:13:35 AM PDT by panzerkampfwagen
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To: NYer
His funeral [was] not be televised on all the cable news networks, no cardinals [attended] it, and the President of the United States [[did] not deliver the eulogy —

The revolution will not be televised...-- Gil Scott Heronn
...but damn sure will happen.
11 posted on 09/05/2009 10:57:48 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("it can never happen here.")
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To: growingpains
This was the beginning of Government controlled murder of citizens they did not view were the “right” kind of citizen.

Yes. And it happened in Pinellas County, Florida, at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

For future reference.

12 posted on 09/05/2009 10:58:53 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("it can never happen here.")
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To: NYer
The contrast Fr. Eutenueur draws between the two men and their respective funerals pinpoints the flawed views of those who view politicians as heroes.

A similarly irony was observed (by yours truly) when the world mourned Princess Diana -- 24/7, wrote songs about her, threw benefit concerts for her, generally made promoters richer off her death -- whilst Mother Theresa, who did more for humanity in one hour of her life than Princess Vanity did -- quietly took her place at the biggest and coolest party in the universe.

13 posted on 09/05/2009 11:01:40 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("it can never happen here.")
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Obama’s biggest regret? Not more energetically letting Terri Schiavo die.
http://209.157.64.200/focus/religion/1977176/posts

During an April 2007 debate, Obama said, “I think professionally the biggest mistake that I made was when I first arrived in the Senate. There was a debate about Terri Schiavo, and a lot of us, including me, left the Senate with a bill that allowed Congress to intrude where it shouldn't have.”

“And I think I should have stayed in the Senate and fought more for making sure [Terri's parents couldn't take their case to federal court to save her life],” he explained.

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14 posted on 09/05/2009 1:33:53 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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15 posted on 09/05/2009 2:02:46 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Thanks for this great post. What Mr. Schlindler and his daughter endured was a travesty and a stain upon our Land.


16 posted on 09/05/2009 2:30:14 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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Thanks for this great post. What Mr. Schlindler and his daughter endured was a travesty and a stain upon our Land.

Those of us who stood guard with him, through prayer, were never deluded by what we saw. Like Roe v Wade, this was the test case needed to gain public sympathy for eventually legalizing euthanasia. It set the wheels in motion and we can now watch that train move down the tracks, propelled by the Obama Health Care plan.

We are the guardians of the truth, not the media who enjoy nothing more than to stir up public sympathy through trickery and lies. How painful it is to watch friends and loved one, cave to media marketing.

We, as a nation, are embarking on the journey towards legalized euthanasia against which Bob Schindler fought with all his strength. We must continue to draw inspiration from him and battle back until we restore the dignity of life to what God intended ... from birth until natural death.

17 posted on 09/05/2009 2:49:23 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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Those of us who stood guard with him, through prayer, were never deluded by what we saw. Like Roe v Wade, this was the test case needed to gain public sympathy for eventually legalizing euthanasia. It set the wheels in motion and we can now watch that train move down the tracks, propelled by the Obama Health Care plan.

We are the guardians of the truth, not the media who enjoy nothing more than to stir up public sympathy through trickery and lies. How painful it is to watch friends and loved one, cave to media marketing.

We, as a nation, are embarking on the journey towards legalized euthanasia against which Bob Schindler fought with all his strength. We must continue to draw inspiration from him and battle back until we restore the dignity of life to what God intended ... from birth until natural death.

NYer, thanks for that post. You nailed it on every point.

When I saw the details for the funeral on terrisfight.org I laughed when I saw that they specifically said that the media wasn't welcome at the visitation, mass or interment.

18 posted on 09/05/2009 4:33:15 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Personhood bump...


19 posted on 09/05/2009 5:15:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Remember the 88.)
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It is becoming clearer to me every day that Terri’s murder was deliberately drawn out simply to gauge public opinion and I find it ironic that many who denied the existence of the slippery slope now recognize what was so plain to us four and a half years ago.


20 posted on 09/05/2009 5:27:15 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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I hear ya.

The root of the problem, in my opinion, lies with the Christians who when called upon perhaps might mouth pro-life words, but continue to compromise politically with people who have no intention of ever stopping the slaughter and renewing adherence to our national creed.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men..."

21 posted on 09/05/2009 5:36:15 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Remember the 88.)
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"...That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness...But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security..."
22 posted on 09/05/2009 5:40:44 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Great tagline!


23 posted on 09/05/2009 5:41:25 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: NYer

Very touching column!


24 posted on 09/05/2009 7:56:14 PM PDT by syriacus (A bipartisan 9/11 Commission proved truthers are nuts. Which commission proved birthers are nuts?)
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To: NYer
Pinged from Terri Dailies


25 posted on 09/07/2009 12:44:07 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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