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March 30, 2005

Old Man on A Feeding Tube: Extending Schiavo Ethics to the Pope

On the wire this morning comes the troubling news that Pope John Paul II is now being nourished through a feeding tube. Why in the world would we use the precious resources of the Church to artificially maintain an elderly prelate who has outlived his usefulness? My goodness, the aging bishop of Rome couldn’t even speak a blessing over the Romans on Easter. What good is he? Not just is he having trouble breathing and eating normally, which greatly restricts his effectiveness as Catholic leader, but his body is wracked with Parkinson’s Disease. And that isn’t going to be going away any time soon.

Let’s use some logic here. It’s time for a new Pope and there are quite a number in men in red prepared to step in. If there’s anyone who is ready to meet his Maker, it’s got to be this wonderful Pope who has served so long, so well. It’s practically a moral imperative for us to unplug him.


Yes, that’s where the culture of death will take us!

Posted by Jim at March 30, 2005 03:35 PM

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I found it interesting that the majority of headlines I read were sure to clarify that it was a "nasal" feeding tube. Oh how important it is that distinction be made in the headlines!

Posted by: Rick Brady at March 30, 2005 04:32 PM

I noticed that too. I'm glad you said something because I thought I might have been imagining it. :)

Posted by: Abigail Brayden at March 30, 2005 09:51 PM

So does that mean we can give Terri a nasal feeding tube? I am sure the Schindlers don't care how the tube goes in just that it does.

Posted by: thane at March 31, 2005 03:36 AM