Culture War: March 2005 Archives

Well, looks like the homosexual persecution against the Catholic Church is now picking up steam in Canada. Bishop Fred Henry is being charged by the Alberta Human "Rights" Tribunal for defending marriage as God created it.

His Excellency is fighting it with his crozier a blazing

Terri and the Good Samaritan

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Jeff Miller retells Christ's parable of the Good Samaritan with Terri Schiavo in mind.

I'm not sure what a Jericho March is, but I received the following from Victoria & Jeremiah Sanctafamilia, with whom I use to frequent the indult at St. Martha Parish in Sarasota.


Can you participate and/or spread the word?

The D'Aconti Family is right now driving down from Richmond, Virginia to organize a Jericho March around Terri's hospice. They have organized these before.

The Jericho March will be on Easter Sunday during the Mercy Hour- 3pm.

Please contact us for more details...

God bless,
Victoria & Jeremiah Sanctafamilia
(941) 228-8700

Passiontide Fast for Terri


Several readers, independently of one another, will be fasting until Easter for Terri. I think this is a splendid idea.

Is Terri Schiavo the Roe vs. Wade of our Generation?

As we commit this reflection to writing, Terri Schindler-Schiavo has spent the past five days without food and water. A federal judge refuses to grant the injunction requested by Terri’s parents. This injunction would see the handicapped woman’s feeding tube reinserted as the federal courts review her case. Thus Terri’s survival is now a matter of Divine providence. For even if her feeding tube was restored, only a miracle could prevent Terri’s organs from suffering irreversible damage after five days without nutrition and hydration.

All of the undersigned are Catholics in full communion with Rome. We denounce this slow and painful execution of Terri Schindler-Schiavo. We denounce this execution as gravely immoral, fundamentally unjust, and a gross violation of the Natural Law.

Pope John Paul II stated a little over a year ago that nutrition and hydration, even when administered through medical assistance, remain “a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act.” In short, eating and drinking are common to every living human. “Death by starvation or dehydration is, in fact, the only possible outcome as a result of their withdrawal,” the Holy Father continued. “In this sense it ends up becoming, if done knowingly and willingly, true and proper euthanasia by omission.” Thus we denounce the starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler-Schiavo as the deliberate euthanasia of a disabled woman.

Moreover, we denounce this execution as gravely immoral. The culture of death alleges that Terri is in a persistently vegetative state. We respond with the following proclaimed by the Holy Father: “Even our brothers and sisters who find themselves in the clinical condition of a 'vegetative state' retain their human dignity in all its fullness.” In other words, Terri is a human person. She is part of God’s creation and she enjoys the dignity common to every human person. No human power possesses the moral authority to pass judgment upon Terri’s life. For as the Holy Father reminds us, “The value of a man's life cannot be made subordinate to any judgment of its quality expressed by other men.”

Euthanasia is neither a matter of personal choice nor a matter of private morality. “Whatever its motives and means,” article 2277 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “direct euthanasia consists is putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.” To this teaching, the Holy Father adds: “The evaluation of probabilities, founded on waning hopes for recovery when the vegetative state is prolonged beyond a year, cannot ethically justify the cessation or interruption of minimal care for the patient, including nutrition and hydration.” In short, Terri’s disability and medical condition do not negate her essential dignity as a human person. Nor do Terri’s disability and medical condition limit her fundamental right to life.

Each of the undersigned was born during the 1970's. As members of Generation-X, each of us survived the abortion holocaust ensuing from Roe vs. Wade. A quarter of our generation did not. In the name of medical privacy and personal choice, a quarter of our generation found itself butchered from the womb. Abortion has claimed more lives among our generation than the combined effort of AIDS, drugs, and gang violence.

Yet our blood has not satiated the culture of death. In the name of medical privacy and personal choice, the culture of death now seeks the blood of our elderly, our disabled, and our terminally ill. Like Roe vs. Wade, the execution of Terri Schindler-Schiavo is a defining moment in the culture war. It sets a precedent whereby our society no longer judges our elderly, our disabled, and our terminally ill as fully human.

Terri represents every North American with special needs. In allowing an estranged husband to insist upon the execution of his disabled wife, and in allowing an activist judiciary to sanction such an execution because of the woman’s medical condition, we allow society to redefine the essence of our humanity. For society now judges each of us by our perceived productivity; our potential contribution to society must now meet some external quantitative standard. Otherwise society judges our quality of life as unworthy of quantity of life.

An old adage comes to mind: Those who fail to understand history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. This mistake is all too reminiscent of German eugenics in 1933, as well as the politics of abortion initiated by Roe vs. Wade in 1973. In our collective arrogance, we as a society refuse to learn from these mistakes. Thus we endanger the ten percent of our population with special needs. And if we may draw a lesson from modern history, what begins as reckless endangerment will soon entrench itself as social obligation. For as Fr. Richard John Neuhaus reminds us, “Where orthodoxy is optional it will soon be prohibited.” Conversely, we have learned from the culture war over abortion and the homosexual agenda that the opposite is also true: Where immorality is tolerated it will soon be imposed.

“First you kill those who want to die,” forewarns the American Catholic ecumenist Dr. Bill Cork. “Then you kill those whose family wants them to die, then those where one family member wants them to die, and then those whose families want them to live. Finally, you kill those who want to live but who get in the way of the state.”

The starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler-Schiavo is nothing short of a diabolical attack upon the delicate wonder and beauty inherent in human life. This includes the lives of the elderly, the disabled, and the terminally ill. It is a moral catastrophe of which the consequences will equal or exceed Roe vs. Wade. For in as much as we starve Terri of food and water, we starve our society of all that makes us civilized.

Pete Vere
Matt Abbott
John Pacheco
Michael Trueman
Shawn Tribe
Aiden Reid
I. Shawn McElhinney
Paul Tuns
John-Henry Westen

Over at Sobering Thoughts, Paul Tuns leaked the following section from my upcoming Interim column:

"Yet if Terri's execution sets such a dangerous precedent, it is in part because Bishop Robert Lynch has been asleep at the crozier. As the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, he bears responsibility for Terriís spiritual care. It is up to Bishop Lynch to defend Terriís dignity as a human person as well as Terri's religious rights as a Catholic. Nevertheless, the Bishopís response thus far has been a little less than pitiful.

For example, let us look at the following excerpt from Bishop Lynch's statement of February 28th, 2005, as posted to the Diocese of St. Petersburg website: 'As the local bishop and pastor for all the family parties involved, I would like to add the following. At the end of the day (the judicial, legislative days) the decision to remove Terri's artificial feeding tube will be that of her husband, Michael. It is he who will give the order, not the courts or certainly the governor or legislature or the medical personnel surrounding and caring for Terri. In other words, as I have said from the beginning of this sad situation, the decision will be made within a family. A significant part of that family feels they are outside of the decision-making process and they are in great pain and suffering mightily.'

Had Terri been a convicted murderer on her way to the execution chamber, Bishop Lynch would have readily, publically, and unambiguously condemned the taking of her life. But Terri is no convicted criminal, and Bishop Lynch is no St. Francis de Sales. Rather he acts as timidly towards Terri as the Apostles towards Our Lord during the Passion. And just as Our Lord found Himself alone before Pontius Pilate, Terri now finds herself alone before Judge Greer. May God have mercy upon our brothers and sisters with special needs."

Speaking of immigration

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Here's a message to the Vietnam era coward who recently told a native Canadian to leave Canada: Yankee Draft Dodger Go Home

I don't know who is in charge of timing at the USCCB, but that individual needs a lesson in national affairs. Today the USCCB launches a major information campaign against capital punishment. As someone who who opposes the idea of capital punishment for retributive justice, I am glad to see such a campaign. Nevertheless, its timing could not be worse.

With the kidnapping, rape and brutal slaying of nine-year-old Jessica Marie Lunsford still fresh in people's minds, the USCCB is not about to get much sympathy from the pro-capital punishment crowd right now. Even those who are usually on the fense will be leaning towards the pro side right now.

Secondly, Pro-life Catholics like myself who usually do the grunt work when it comes to these types of campaigns are still upset with perceived episcopal innaction. I'm talking, of course, about the other big news story of the day, Terri Schiavo. Show some episcopal spine with the life of an innocent woman, and then maybe we will listen when it comes to sparing the lives of child rapists and murderers.

Podcasts for Terri


UPDATE: Links Fixed

Jayson Franklin emailed me about another great effort to save Terri Schindler-Schiavo. "This campaign isn't seeking money, dontations, or even sponsors," Jayson wrote, "but rather, ears. The disciples with microphones, a newly formed catholic apostolate, has been collecting audio commentary, stories, and essays about the plight of Terri Schiavo. The quality and depth of the audio stories has been impressive, and we're hoping to help others to hear and thinkg about Terri and her struggle."

Please visit Podcasts for Terri when you have a moment.

Priest attacked for doing his job


More yellow snow journalism from our friends at the Timmins Daily Hack.

This has become a hot topic this week in Canada as Fr. Lemire, a leading advocate of traditional marriage, denied Holy Communion to a socialist member of parliament who also happens to be a former columnist for the [sic.] Catholic New [Age] Times, a newspaper that makes the National Catholic Distorter look ultra-montane and orthodox.

Anyway, since some unamed canon lawyer from Ottawa (I'm not sure who, but I have a few suspicions) reportedly told the politician he could not be denied Holy Communion, LifeSite News invited me to clarify the topic...

Catholic Church Canon Law on Catholic Politicians Who Support Gay ‘Marriage’

OTTAWA, March 9, 2005 ( – With the same-sex ‘marriage’ issue coming to the fore in Canada and the United States, the issue of Catholic politicians supporting such measures and still wanting to receive communion has surfaced. To clarify the issue, spoke with Ottawa-based canon lawyer Pete Vere, JCL.

LSN: What is a priest to do in a parish where one of his parishioners is a politician who supports gay ‘marriage’?

Vere: The parish priest has an obligation to correct Catholic politicians who support so-called same-sex marriage. The first paragraph of canon 528 stipulates: “The parish priest has the obligation of ensureng that the word of God is proclaimed in its entirety to those living in the parish. He is therefore to [...] make every effort to bring the gospel message to those also who have given up religious practice or who do not profess the true faith.”


Despite our differences over the Harry Potter series, I must agree with my fellow Canuck social commentator Michael O'Brien when he states Canada is in serious danger of becoming a totalitarian state.

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On life and living in communion with the Catholic Church.

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