Thursday, October 16, 2003

Update From Florida

Canonist Pete Vere was at the prayer vigil for Terri Schiavo last night, and is providing updates at the Envoy Encore blog.

In spite of the "gut-wrenching" atmosphere there yesterday, there was some good news, namely that the lawyers for the husband and Terri's family have reached an accomodation that at least restores Terri's pastoral visitation "privileges". I would quibble with the word "privilege", as I think it is a fundamental right that no one has the authority to deny. But the fact is that Msgr. Malanowski, who had been regularly visiting Terri, has been allowed to resume his visits. So Terri will at least not die without spiritual comfort and assistance.

Bishop Lynch has made a statement, as his Communications director indicated he would. The statement reads as follows:
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF BISHOP ROBERT N. LYNCH
CONCERNING THE REMOVAL OF
THE FEEDING TUBE OF TERRI SCHIAVO


With the news that the feeding tube has now been removed from Terri Schiavo, my own prayers and those of thousands of other people go out for Terri and for her family. May the author of all life look kindly on Terri and provide consolation and hope for those who love her.

I continue to believe that such decisions should not be made in the court system but must be made on a case-by-case basis by families and/or other responsible parties at the clear direction of each one of us well in advance of a crisis.

Let us pray that Bishop Lynch will take an even more active stance in opposing the injustice being done to Terri.