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April 2, 2005

Pope John Paul II Has Died - Updated

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AP - Pope John Paul II, the Polish pontiff who led the Roman Catholic Church for more than a quarter century and became history's most-traveled pope, has died at 84, the Vatican announced in an e-mail Saturday.

Years ago Pope John Paul II wrote,

"... the administration of water and food, even when provided by artificial means, always represents a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act. Its use, furthermore, should be considered, in principle, ordinary and proportionate, and as such morally obligatory, insofar as and until it is seen to have attained its proper finality, which in the present case consists in providing nourishment to the patient and alleviation of his suffering"
More recently, the Vatican released a statement which made clear the starvation of Terri Schiavo would be a ruthless way to kill a person. "It is euthanasia," Javier Lozano, of the Pontiff's Council for Health, told CNN. [CNN, March 23, 2005] Cardinal Martino, speaking "according to the teaching of the Pope", did not mintz words:
"When you deprive somebody of food and water, what else is it? Nothing else but murder."
Some have drawn parallels between the Pope's failing condition and the plight of Terri Schiavo. "John Paul suffered from Parkinson's disease, while Schiavo was in a vegetative state. But both call us to a respect for life," a priest told the Daily Herald. The Pope's condition worsened on the same day that Terri Schiavo died, the result of 13 days without a feeding tube. It was the same day that the Pope was given his own feeding tube. [Jeff Crouere]

However, the contrasts are far more striking. While the Pope lived and died consistent with his public advocacy for the dignity of all human life, Marry Kenny (Times Online) writes, "The case of Terri Schiavo, whose life has just been ended in Florida, is, by contrast, an example of a death without dignity. She died because she was starved and parched to death by her husband's decision, backed by a legal decision."

Certainly the difficult events of this week are a call "to people of good will to defend the fundamental right to life, in respect of the dignity of every human person."

MichNews has more: Terri Schiavo: A Case of Judicial Homicide

Posted by tim at April 2, 2005 3:34 PM

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Rest In Peace.

Posted by: demonsurfer at April 2, 2005 4:07 PM

I keep picturing Terri opening the door for him. God bless them both.

Posted by: I hope at April 2, 2005 4:18 PM

Two witnesses:

And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will wage war against them, and will conquer them and will kill them.... And men from the tribes of tribes and peoplesand tongues and nations will look upon their bodies for three days and a half aand they will not allow their dead bodies to be laid in tombs. And the inhabitants of the earthwill rejoice over them and make merry; and they will send gifts to one another because these two prophets tormented the inhabitants of the earth.

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 2, 2005 4:52 PM

Looks like they already cremated Terri.


I know Terri and the Pope are greeting Jesus.

Posted by: LauraB at April 2, 2005 4:54 PM

What a Wonderful Day that is!! Pope gets to meet Jesus and God, and in that process gets to meet Terri, holding her hands, hugging her, and comfort her that everything is alright, and all Evil has diminished in their eyes in Heaven.

Praise the Lord! What a lovely great Gift for Terri, since she is a practicing Catholic! Imagine that? The Heavens must be a lovely place to see!! Such a White Bright Light with Serene and Peace and so much Love!!!!

May the Pope and Terri together Rest in Peace and Harmony! :)

Posted by: momforGod at April 2, 2005 5:55 PM

Now the Schindler's know for sure that their Daughter will be taken care of by God and Jesus, and the Pope put together!! Such Love up above the Heavens. Down here is pretty gloomy and Evil still remain. We shall wait for Jesus' return to Earth and demolish all Evil!! :)

Posted by: momforGod at April 2, 2005 5:59 PM

Today and over the last few days the world has watched and waited for his holiness Pope John Paul II to complete his final journey into the arms of the Lord. A dignified and rightful passing. In stark contrast the world has also this week watched and waited as Terri a child of God was starved and dehydrated we were all hoping against hope that she would be saved alas it was not to be and the Lord too also called her to his side. He died with dignity whilst she did not. Suffer little children and come unto me. May they both rejoice in the arms of the Lord.

Posted by: britnick at April 2, 2005 7:53 PM

There is joy in Heaven this week--with the arrival of two new saints. John Paul suffered greatly in his life and he led the Church as an example of true holiness.

Terri Shindler arrived in Jesus's arms this week after suffering at the hands of merciless evil for 15 years.

I can only see the joy on her face as she met Her Heavenly Father, Her Joyful Savior, Her Guiding Spirit, Her Heavenly Mother, and Her Holy Father.

Now that we know Terri is in Heaven, we must ensure to always remember her plight with righteous anger; to remember her with joy--the joy of her life before michael. We remember her with joy and she will be happy in Heaven. If we dwell on her suffering and torture, she will be sad for our pain.

Terri is a light for us to remember. I honestly believe that the reason she lived for so long was because Jesus asked her to accept the suffering. I do not know for what reason He asked; in a sense she was likely a "victim's soul". Perhaps suffering for all those whom society wishes to eradicate.

Thank you, Father above for allowing us to witness the lives of these two remarkable people--and help us to emulate their sacrifices.


Posted by: Tress at April 2, 2005 8:23 PM