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January 26, 2006

Schiavo Remarriage Debacle

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It has been less than 10 months after Terri's barbaric death by "starvation and dehydration over 13 grueling days with the whole world watching."

During Terri's struggle for life, the Diocese of St. Petersburg did nothing and now her husband, Michael Schiavo, has been re-married by the Roman Catholic Church of Espiritu Santo, Florida.

LifeNews reports,

It was the ultimate slap in the face to Terri Schiavo's parents. While they were spending years in a heart-wrenching battle to save their daughter's life, her estranged husband was having an affair with a woman and eventually had two children with her. The couple got married on Saturday.
Terri Schiavo's sister Suzanne Vitadamo spoke out against the Catholic bishops of Florida, saying Terri may not have been killed if the bishops would have supported the fight to protect her life.

During Terri's struggle for life, we were simply dumbfounded by the bizarre and shocking comments of Terri's bishop - Robert Lynch, as well as his abject failure to speak against her euthanasia (his formal statement during Terri's life can be found here). Father Robert J. Johansen remarked: " ..., if bishops had spoken out boldly- a gross injustice might have been averted. "

This apparent endorsement of Michael Schiavo's decisions by the Floridian Catholic leadership is further evidence of their departure from Biblical and Catholic doctrine. In fact, this is extremely problematic for the most obvious of reasons: namely, that the Church seems to be putting its blessing on the marriage of a man who killed his wife in order to marry his mistress (Jimmy Akin). Additional questions are raised in this article: Canonical issues in a Schiavo-Centonze marriage

One has to wonder why Florida Bishops have acted in what appears to be a gross violation of Canon Law. Shouldn't Catholics and Protestants be outraged?

Is there any reason why those who hold dearly the sanctity of human life should not hold Florida Bishops accountable for their actions?

Those wishing to contact relevant individuals to request a public clarification of the matter may contact:

Rev. Stephen Dambrauskas, JCL
Promoter of Justice
Diocese of St. Petersburg
905 South Prospect Avenue
Clearwater, Florida 33756-4039

Phone: UPDATE: 727-344-1611 Also: 727-446-2326 / 442-8884
Fax: 727-446-4287
E-Mail: tribsp@tampabay.rr.com

They may also contact:
His Excellency Pietro Sambi
Apostolic Nuncio
3339 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 333-7121
Fax: (202) 337-4036

HT: Hyscience, Jimmy Akin

Posted by tim at January 26, 2006 7:27 AM

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I cannot understand why the Vatican has not taken any action against the St. Petersburg, FL Bishop Lynch for his disgusting and pathetic attitude toward the euthanasia (murder) of Terri Schiavo.

The Church had better get some guts or they will lose their credibility (recall the cover-up of pedophile priests) even more. How can they tell the world how they should lead their lives when they, the hierarchy of the Church, commit worse sins than that of many Catholic lay people? No, not every priest or bishop is guilty of these crimes, but anyone of them who is aware and does not publicly speak out, carries some guilt.

Posted by: Joanne at March 28, 2006 1:50 AM