Terri Gets a Three Week Reprieve

From the Family Research Council email newsletter:

The case and life of Terri Schiavo received a judicial reprieve late Friday afternoon from Pinellas Circuit Court Judge George Greer. Judge Greer ruled that Terri’s husband can remove her feeding tube at 1 p.m. on March 18, and he let it be known in his decision that his court will grant no further extensions. Now Terri’s parents, who want to keep their daughter alive, will have to appeal to a different court in hopes of Terri’s survival. The order came down on the 15th anniversary of the day Terri slipped into a coma under still unknown circumstances.

The parents need more time to pursue additional medical tests, which might prove their daughter has more mental capabilities than previously thought. In addition, Governor Jeb Bush is asking for more time to investigate allegations that Terri is being mistreated by being denied appropriate medical care and rehabilitation. A court settlement gave Terri and her husband, Michael, money for rehabilitation, yet her husband c onsistently refused treatment that might help Terri’s situation. Unless some last second legal maneuver occurs or there is a change of heart, this will be a further step in legally recognized euthanasia in the United States.


After 20-years in ‘Vegetative State’ Woman Wakes–Schindler Family Encouraged

CLEARWATER, Fl., Feb.11 /Christian Wire Service/ — Sarah Scantlin was knocked into a coma by a drunk driver 20 years ago has begun to speak and remember her past. Her brain was injured so badly that doctors first feared she would spend her life in a vegetative state, spending years unable to form words or make any sounds other than loud cries.

A week ago Sarah began speaking and doctors have no explanation.

The parents, brother and sister of Terri Schindler Schiavo hope the Florida courts will see this miracle and think of Terri.

Video tape shown today on CNN Headline News of Sarah with her mother is extremely similar to footage of Terri and her mother. Both daughters were unable to communicate in words. Both were labeled as severely brain damaged.
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What the Structure Says: Two Milwaukee churches’ contrasting ideas about architecture and the sacred

The Wall Street Journal has an article that touches on the function of architecture in creating churches (worship-spaces?) written by an architectural critic.

What makes a church sacred? Until the Reformation, the standard answer was its consecration as a house of God. Since Vatican II and the cultural ferment of the 1960s, Catholic and Protestant reformers alike have subscribed to the notion that churches are merely functional settings, whether for celebrating liturgical rites or hearing the Word.


Schindlers Ask Court to Remove Michael Schiavo as Their Daughter’s Guardian

Contact: James Coates, Gibbs Law Firm Media Director, 727-399-8300, 727-408-2205 cell, jcoates@gibbsfirm.com

PINELLAS PARK, Fl., Jan. 11 /Christian Wire Service/ — Robert and Mary Schindler, parents of Theresa Schindler-Schiavo, yesterday filed an Amended Petition with the Pinellas County, Florida, Probate Court to remove Michael Schiavo as their daughter’s guardian.

The Schindlers allege that four significant conflicts of interest exist that prevent Mr. Schiavo from continuing to act as the guardian for their daughter, Terri. The four conflicts of interest are: (1) Personal; (2) Legal; (3) Financial, and (4) Religious.
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Terri Schiavo is Very Much Alive and Responsive

A First Visit With Terri Schiavo in Her Hospice Room

Contact: Keith Brickell, Gibbs Law Firm Media Director, 727-399-8300, 727-458-4824 cell, kbrickell@gibbsfirm.com

PINELLAS PARK, Fl., Jan. 4 /Christian Wire Service/ — Terri Schiavo is very much alive and responsive. That is what lawyers for Robert and Mary Schindler saw when they visited Terri Schiavo in her room at the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, FL, on Christmas Eve.

Attorney David Gibbs III and Attorney Barbara Weller, of Gibbs Law Firm in Seminole, FL, took on the role of lead counsel for the Schindlers in September of 2004. The Christmas Eve visit was the first time either of the attorneys had been able to see Terri since taking the case. They made the visit with Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, and members of her immediate family.
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Terri Schiavo Celebrates 41st Birthday Amid Case Appeal

Terri Schiavo, who has been the center of a long right-to-live case, celebrated her 41st birthday on Friday.

After oxygen was deprived from her brain when she collapsed in her home in 1990, Schiavo suffered from brain damage and needed to receive nutrition from feeding tubes to survive.

Read the entire article on the Christian Post website.

For interested readers, I wrote some commentary supporting Terri Schiavo’s struggle: The Martyrdom of Terri Schiavo: Resisting the ministers of death.


Silenced priest warns of gay crisis

If this is true the Catholic Chuch is in grave trouble.

Starting today, 290 of the nation’s Catholic bishops will meet at the Capitol Hyatt for their yearly business meeting and to tie up loose ends on the massive sexual-abuse crisis that has shaken the U.S. Catholic Church to its core in the past two years.

Although it’s been less than a year since the church revealed that there were 10,667 cases of abuse committed by 4,392 priests in a 50-year period, the message at the meeting will be that the crisis is under control.

Read the entire article on the Washinton Times website.


Is the Church “Too Political?”

Fr. Frank Pavone (Roman Catholic)
National Director, Priests for Life

Like many Catholics, I’ve been troubled for years at the fear that is so prevalent within the Church about addressing matters of politics. I am very familiar with the legal limitations that the Church chooses to accept under IRS and FEC regulations. But the fear I refer to takes matters further than the government ever dares to take them. This fear literally paralyzes perfectly legitimate activity.

What activity, you ask? Take, for example, the internal legal directive that was sent out a few months ago to dioceses around the country, telling them not to quote the President of the United States speaking about the “Culture of Life,” because after all, this might be interpreted as support for his re-election.
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Bar might tell judges to quit anti-gay groups (including the Boy Scouts)

Orlando Sentinel, Saturday, August 7, 2004, Gina Holland

Atlanta — Judges are on the front line of battles about legal rights for same-sex couples and should never belong to an organization that discriminates against gays, supporters of a proposed change to American Bar Association ethics rules argued Friday.

Judges are already prohibited from joining clubs that discriminate based on race or sex. An ABA panel is debating whether to make groups that discriminate against gays off limits as well.

The ABA, the nation’s largest lawyers’ group, with more than 400,000 members, writes conduct rules for judges and lawyers. States and federal courts generally adopt them, with some changes.
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More Than a “Lifestyle Choice” — Marriage in the 50 States

June 22, 2004

They’ve finally set a date. Senate leaders have announced that members will vote the week of July 12 whether to amend the Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Remember the flap over Vice President Dan Quayle’s criticism of TV’s “Murphy Brown”? Unwed births had reached a new high in the early ’90s, and the vice president lamented the nonchalant way the show’s producers treated single motherhood. Social science research has since vindicated his argument: Decisions about sex, marriage and childbearing aren’t merely personal. They have profound social consequences, particularly for children.

Read the entire article on the Heritage Foundation website.