Tuesday, January 25, 2005

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear "Terri's Law" Case

As many of you already no doubt know, yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court declared that it would not hear Florida governor Jeb Bush's appeal on behalf of Terri's Law, the law which enabled him to intervene to save Terri's life.

This is without doubt a setback for the Schindlers, and this pretty well spells the end for Terri's Law. I can't say I'm very surprised, as I always thought it was unlikely that the U.S. Supreme Court would involve itself in a question regarding Florida state law.

While the decision is a setback and disappointment, this is not the end of the road. It's not time to start panicking yet.

As the Schindlers point out at Terri's Fight, there are still other matters pending in the courts which could be the means of saving Terri's life.

There are three cases pending:

A petition pending in the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland, FL, regarding Terri's right to the free exercise of her religion, rights which the Schindler's attorneys believe have been violated.

On Friday, Jan. 28, in the Probate Court in Clearwater, FL, Judge Greer will hear the Schindler's motion to protect their daughter's due process rights. 

A Petition is before Judge Greer to remove Michael as Terri's guardian and to replace him with Terri's brother and sister, Bobby Jr. and Suzanne.  They believe that Michael's numerous conflicts of interest with his ward, Terri, disqualify him from continuing as her guardian.

So we need to keep praying (especially about the hearing on Friday), and keep fighting!

I've been trying to reach the Schindlers since yesterday afternoon, but they've been swamped with calls and e-mails so I haven't spoken to them yet. As soon as I talk to them and have more information, I'll post an update.

Fr. Rob's Excellent Liturgical Adventure

I realize it's a month past, but I thought some of you might get a kick out of seeing some pictures of my "Thrown BackTM" Christmas.

I did it up right this time: My Christmas Masses were all sung - I love chanting the Mass - with the full complement of servers and lots of incense. The only thing I didn't have were Sanctus bells, because we don't have a set here at the parish. But all things in good time...

And, of course, a Thrown Back Christmas Liturgy wouldn't be complete without:

The Biretta!

Here's another picture of me in my cool ecclesiastical headgear!

This picture was taken while I was chanting the Canon.

And here I am with the servers for the 10:00 AM Mass
on Christmas Day.

All in all, it was an excellent Christmas, quite possibly the best I've had yet as a priest. I can't wait for Easter!

I'm Baaacckk!

Yes, after my long hiatus, I'm back to the blog. Almost two months to the day since my last post, I'm getting back into the ring.

Thanks to all of you who kept checking my blog periodically, and sent me the "hey Fr. Rob, where are you?" e-mails.

In answer to that question, I'll tell you that my blog break started out as just the busyness of Advent and Christmas preventing me from having time to post. But then, after Christmas, I had several other projects I wanted to get done, so I just found that the blog had to wait.

But I'm going to try to keep posting regularly again. I also have some new things planned for the blog in the near future, and I'm also conspiring with a few others regarding an idea for a new group blog.

In the next month or so, be on the lookout for:

A major updating and upgrade of my blog's layout and content.

An updating and reformatting of my home page, Quo Vadis.

In the longer term, I' m planning a move away from Blogger, perhaps to Typepad, and to managing (and possibly hosting) my blog's website myself, and setting them up in a new, easy-to-remember URL. I'm also (for the benefit of the many people who have pestered me about this) going to add XML and RSS feeds.

Lots will be happening around here, so check back from time to time. The best is yet to come!