Saturday, March 19

HELP, PLEASE: WAS TERRI SCHIAVO GIVEN THE LAST RITES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

I have been unable to determine through several Internet and blog-based searches this morning whether or not Terri Schiavo was able to receive the "Last Rites" (i.e., sacrament of "Extreme Unction") of the Catholic Church. I would be very appreciative if, either via "Comments" or an email to me, someone could please advise definitively if this was permitted or if it, too, as with life itself, was denied by Michael Schiavo and/or Judge Greer. I watched a number of MSN interviews last night on the subject of the Terri Schiavo legal controversy and there was not a question asked or an answer given in this regard, as if this woman had not been baptized and raised a practicing Catholic.

While I continue to pray for Terri and remain hopeful that the U.S. Congress will intervene in a favorable way to stop this horrific act and have her feeding tube, food, and hydration restored, it is nonetheless important that she be allowed to receive this sacrament of the Church. With her food and water cut off, I imagine a number of things could hasten her death now from a medical standpoint. I have a problem with the reigning presumption in the media that her death will take 10 to 20 days. Indeed, I think the U.S. Congress has been all too comfortable with the notion that they have plenty of time left to do something substantive!

I pray, too, for all of you in the blogosphere who have put your spirit and energy into the campaign to save this hapless woman. I have been proud to be a part of a cause bigger than any one of us and to be associated with good people who champion life over death and human dignity over a course of inhumane torture.

If killing Terri Schindler-Schiavo is right morally and just under the laws of the land, then why wouldn't she be afforded a quick, painless death via lethal injection, just as condemned murderers are afforded, rather than going to her death in this unconscionable manner? This is one American citizen who views death by dehydration and starvation as cruel and unusual punishment and absolutely beyond the pale of civilized norms.