March 14, 2005
On Terri Schiavo: Vatican bioethicist says patient's tube 'direct euthanasia'Topics: News
- Catholic News
Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said the academy usually does not comment on specific cases before courts, but "silence in this case could be interpreted as approval."
The bishop told Vatican Radio on Friday that withdrawing Schiavo's gastric tube would not be a matter of allowing her to die, but would "inflict death."
"The removal of the gastric tube used for nourishing her cannot be considered an 'extraordinary' measure or a therapeutic measure," he said. "It is an essential part of the way in which Mrs. Terri Schiavo is nourished and hydrated.
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