Black Thursday

As I left work around 9:20 a.m. to drive to an appointment today, I turned on the radio to hear that Terri Schiavo had died. I am deeply saddened by this news. I am saddened that a beautiful child of God has left this world where she brought so much joy and received so much love from her family. I am saddened that her parents and siblings and extended family …

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The Waitress

Saturday afternoon, one of my travelling companions and I left the Woodside Hospice for a late lunch break. We drove a few miles away to a restaurant next to our hotel. Shortly after being seated, I was looking over the menu while my fellow traveller freshened up in the restroom. A waitress happened by and greeted me. She, seeing me in my clerical attire, asked me, “To what do we …

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Robert Lynch

The Cowardly Bishop

The Most Rev. Robert Lynch, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg (Florida), forbade his clergy from being present in Pinellas Park, Florida at the Woodside Hospice where Terri Schiavo is being starved to death. There is a significant Roman Catholic presence at the hospice, including Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski, two friars (Paul O’Donnell and Hilary McGee) serving as spiritual advisors to the parents, and occasional priests dropping in …

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Retreat from Babylon

This weekend has been very draining. As an explanation, I’ll simply repeat what I told a reporter this morning before I left Woodside Hospice where Terri Schiavo is starving to death. “I don’t want to be here, but I don’t want to leave.” The darkness and evil is present in an almost-tangible way at that place. While Terri dies, hundreds of supporters are outside praying, singing, preaching, fasting, watching, lighting …

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Alabama Clergy Council Resolution About Terri Schiavo

The Alabama Clergy Council adopted the following resolution in recognition of the plight of the family of Terri Schiavo and the sanctity of life. ALABAMA CLERGY COUNCIL RESOLUTION TERRI SCHIAVO AND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE Whereas Terri Schiavo, a forty-one year-old, disabled woman, currently residing in Pinellas Park, Florida, is now being starved to death; and Whereas, many medical doctors agree that she is not in a persistent vegetative state …

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