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March 8, 2005

World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations: Schiavo Case Could Open "Floodgates,"

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From FIAMC comes this powerful warning. Is Bishop Robert Lynch of the St Petersburg Diocese listening?

- Zenit
If Terri Schiavo "can be condemned to death," every person whose life is considered of insufficient quality by a guardian or court could face euthanasia, warns a Catholic organization.

The World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC) issued its warning Sunday in regard to the case of the brain-damaged Florida woman whose husband has been in an intense legal battle to stop her artificial feeding.

"She is not guilty of any crime, except to a burden for her husband and for a selfish society," said Dr. Gian Luigi Gigli, president of FIAMC, of Schiavo.

"The real core of the problem is the attempt to decide about the right to life of a human being, not on the basis of her/his dignity, but on an external evaluation of the quality of life," Gigli said.

"The importance of this case goes beyond this deplorable circumstance," his statement continued. "It will open the floodgates to euthanasia in the United States, at all ages, without even a legislative decision.

FIAMC "strongly appeals to the United States authorities to react immediately and effectively to save Terri's life" and urges U.S. bishops "to mobilize every resource and influence of the Catholic Church to counteract this impending tragedy."

This hasn't been done by Bishop Lynch who has supported Judge Greer and Michael Schiavo's attempts to kill Terri Schiavo by starvation and dehydration. Perhaps he's like to hear from you!

You may write to Bishop Lynch at:
Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg
Bishop Larkin Pastoral Center
P.O. Box 40200
St. Petersburg, FL 33743

Posted by richard at March 8, 2005 7:31 AM

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The Bishop has an email address: Communicate@dosp.org to send comments regarding this issue. He addressed it previously on August 12, 2003, but it is a situation that needs repeated and close scrutiny to ascertain the facts. In a society that places very little value on life and expends a great deal of effort to eradicate God from the public forum, I cannot place my complete faith in the courts. In God We Trust, not the judicial system.

Posted by: I hope. at March 8, 2005 12:02 PM