Monday, April 4

FOOD AND WATER -- "MORALLY OBLIGATORY"

Quoted from "The Federalist Patriot":


We mourn the tragic death of Terri Schindler Schiavo, who died [Thursday] from dehydration and starvation. Terri Schiavo's plight brought to light a critical question: To be a society that is truly human, how should we care for those most helpless patients who cannot speak for themselves? A year ago, Pope John Paul II answered this question when he reaffirmed that 'the administration of food and water, even when provided by artificial means,' should be considered 'morally obligatory' as long as it provides nourishment and alleviates suffering for such patients. Ours is a culture in which human life is increasingly devalued and violated, especially where that life is most weak and fragile. We pray this human tragedy will lead our nation to a greater commitment to protect helpless patients and all the weakest among us. --Cardinal William Keeler--