Metropolitan Maximos of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh has condemned the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
"She deserves to live," Maximos, a respected theologian as well as a bishop, said. "A miracle is always possible for her to be restored from minimum consciousness to full consciousness ... I beg all those in charge to consider the plea of her parents, with whom I fully identify."
In an interview yesterday, Maximos said he regretted not speaking earlier and praised Catholic leaders who had advocated the right to life of the brain-damaged Florida woman.
"Murder is a strong word that nobody wants to use, but that is what it is," he said of her husband's decision to remove her source of food and water.
Maximos' comments followed a Thursday statement from the 1 million-member Orthodox Church in America. "Extraordinary means of prolonging life, as well as extraordinary means of ending life, are inconsistent with wise stewardship of God's gift of life," said the OCA.
"This is especially crucial in cases in which no clear consensus has been determined with regard to a person's state, as in the case of Mrs. Terri Schiavo. As such, the removal of Mrs. Schiavo from feeding tubes as a means of hastening her death can in no way be condoned or supported."
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