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March 27, 2005

Fla. Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal For Terri To Have Last Rites

Topics: Legal affairs

How do you deny a Roman Catholic LAST RITES?

Answer: Be a member of the Florida Judiciary!

How does America differ from Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia regarding freedom and free exercise of one's faith? How does a swamp judge stare down Congress, the President, and the governor of Florida?

Answer: Searching for answers!

cross posted at Hyscience

Posted by richard at March 27, 2005 12:14 AM

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I wondered when we would hear information about the Catholic rites for Terri. I assumed she would be allowed to receive Sacrament of Anointing (no hydration or nutrition involved) and hoped she would be allowed to receive Viaticum from the Cup via eyedropper.

Is there a link to confirm that the Schindlers have requested the Catholic last rites and been denied? This news ought to be shouted from the rooftops.

Also does anyone know if this is an old battle or a new one? Has Terri ever had the Sacrament of Anointing? Have the Schindler requested it before and had this denied?

It should be noted, for non-Catholics out there, that there are two sacraments involved here. The first is the Anointing of the Sick, formerly referred to as "Extreme Unction". It is no longer administered only in times of imminent death, but to all who are seriously ill. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: "The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick... By the grace of this sacrament the sick person receives the strength and the gift of uniting himself [or herself] more closely to Christ's Passion: in a certain way he is consecrated to bear fruit by configuration to the Savior's redemptive Passion. Suffering, a consequence of original sin, acquires a new meaning: it becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus."
The second sacrament at issue here is Viaticum, the Last Sacrament of the Christian:"In addition to the Anointing of the Sick, the Church offers those who are about to leave this life the Eucharist as viaticum. Communion in the body and the blood of Christ, received at this moment of 'passing over' to the Father, has a particular significance... It is the seed of eternal life and the power of resurrection, according to the words of the Lord: 'He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.' The sacrament of Christ once dead and now risen, the Eucharist is in this instance the sacrament of passing over from death to life, from this world to the Father."

Posted by: Rae Stabosz at March 27, 2005 6:54 AM

I was sickened to hear this. I read this morning (I think on CNN?) that they do plan on giving Terri last rites but it looks like it'll (of course) be on Michael's terms. His treatment of Terri as property is disgusting. I am appalled and outraged at this situation, and agree, it needs to be shouted from the rooftops.

Posted by: Foug at March 27, 2005 8:13 AM

For the very same reasons that they have decided issue after issue:

1. Arrogant pride
2. Distain for the rule of law
3. Defects in individual personality

This is absolutely consistent with everything else they have done.

Stop thinking of them as guardians of the law -- they are not. They are the petty tyrants that we have recognized from the outset.

Only our hope has allowed us to imagine them as something that they objectively are not.

Posted by: deignan at March 27, 2005 11:13 AM

I received Communion for Terri this morning, by asking Our Lord to give the strength and blessings of it to Terri.

I thought I read somewhere that Terri was given the last rites the day they pulled her tube.

As Michael's personal property he will make his decisions for Terri only as an exercise of his will. The tyranny of a petty dictator.

Posted by: mary et. al. at March 27, 2005 11:43 AM

Does a judge have the legal authority to stipulate when a person can receive the sacrament and by whom? According to Felos in his press conference yesterday, Judge Greer ruled that only the hospice chaplain could administer the sacrament at a time of the chaplain's choosing. The family priest could be present in the room, but not involve himself in the administration. We are Lutheran, but the sacrament is a Holy thing, to our benefit both here and for our salvation. I just don't understand a secular judge deciding on matters of religious practice.

Posted by: Diane Meyer at March 27, 2005 12:05 PM

Remember: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]."

He is Risen!

Posted by: Tom Spence at March 27, 2005 1:06 PM

This is appalling! Why would they not even let the priest of Terri's own family administer last rites.

I swear to you that this has insensed me so much that I will join in the long term fight to end Euthenasia!

Posted by: Jayson at March 27, 2005 4:28 PM


Hallelujah! Join us under the top article of Blogs for Terri. We're working on that long term fight. There will be 25 of us with you.

Y'all come!

Posted by: mary et. al. at March 27, 2005 5:11 PM

This isn't true, folks. Stop lying. I quote directly heree from CNN.com:

"Additionally, (Michael Sciavo's attorney) Felos said that Schiavo received last rites, which includes Communion, the day the tube was removed, and that a court has ordered that she be able to receive the sacrament one more time before she dies."

This story is available for viewing at:


Be honest. Nobody likes a liar.

Posted by: Zombiegoat at March 27, 2005 6:07 PM

Does a judge have the right to forbid oral feeding of a human being?

Posted by: sujata at March 27, 2005 8:10 PM

Isn't it sad that we live in a country where the two most powerful people who can help Terri are trying to hide behind the same judge that sentenced Terri to death. Even if Judge Greer's orders are lawful this case has so many red flags in it that both men know that the interest of justice will not be served by her death. In war no soldier is oblidged to obey an order that is against moral law. Neither one of these brothers can by the United States Constitution or the Florida Constitution be made to answer to Judge Greer. We have a separation of powers specifically for that reason. In a few more days the issue will be mute when Terri has died and her husband has cremated her to keep the world from ever knowing the truth. Let us hope that just as Pontius Pilate has been remembered throughout history for his role in the death of Jesus that we will continue to hold President Bush, Governor Jeb Bush and all those who are complicit in this crime against this most innocent woman accountable. Let us all commit ourselves to electing leaders who will see the value and dignity of every being and be willing to take any action necessary to safeguard their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happines.

Posted by: jvanells at March 27, 2005 10:59 PM

Can't you people see from these very videos that you and the Foundation are touting that Terri is NOT following nor responding to anybody in that room? These videos are made to confuse people. The one with the balloons even has the Doctor saying, "No, Terri, over here", and they only zoom in on Terri's face and her eyes wandering from side to side and NOT focusing on anything, not the balloons, NOTHING! She also is NOT following her mothers voice, NOR making sense of the music playing. These videos PROVE that she IS in that PVS!

Why can't you see that these very videos PROVE that her brain is dead? More lies that these blogs are putting out as truths!

Michael also allowed her to have last rites. Another Lie that you people that seem to want government intrusion into every aspect of our lives, but profess to abhor, are so very adamant about.

To the moderator: since I am a first time responder and I am sure you don't agree with my assessment and opinion, I am guessing that you will obvously edit out my comments. I urge you to go back and review these very videos that you so prominently display and watch Terri's eyes, they wander all over the room! Listen to her make noises on the videos from several years ago that sound exactly like what her parents are saying she says now....AHHHHHH, WAHHHHH, all involunatry sounds that she knows not what she says.
Why Can't You See, are you so blind?

Posted by: WhyCantYouSee at March 29, 2005 4:58 PM