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Negotiating over death

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 01, 2005

Let's say you're having a dispute with your next-door neighbor, over the placement of a fence on your property line. Things are getting a bit heated, and your pastor steps in, urging you both to negotiate.

Good move by the pastor. He doesn't know where boundaries of your property are; he just wants you both to act sensibly and charitably.

Now let's alter the facts slightly. Suppose that neighbor wants to cause the death of your daughter, and you want to keep her alive. Your pastor weighs in-- with a statement to the press-- and says: "I beg and pray that both sides might step back a little and allow some mediation in these final hours." [Emphasis added]

Not very helpful, is it? Especially since that last phrase makes it clear that he presumes your daughter is soon going to die.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2005 7:58 PM ET USA

    My God; Bishop Lynch sounds like one of the "Catholic" Senators who keep voting pro abortion. He certainly shows why the Church is where it is in America! Talk about lukewarm Catholicism; he personifies it. Let's pray for him and hope we get some "Catholic" Bishops as reolacements for most of the current crowd. He has not covered himself in glory ; he has been in hiding!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Mar. 01, 2005 12:48 PM ET USA

    Your Excellency, If the following quote of yours from "The St. Petersburg Times" is accurate and the best you can do, then: may Terri's blood be upon your hands. "I beg and pray that both sides might step back a little and allow some mediation in these final hours." Lord, have mercy on us and give us Shepherds after His own heart.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 01, 2005 12:37 PM ET USA

    Let's give a third tweak to the example: Suppose the neighbor wants to cause the death of your pope, and you want to keep him alive. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is more alive in the trials of John Paul II than we know.

  • Posted by: Ross Dee - Mar. 01, 2005 11:56 AM ET USA

    Finally, I hear a comment from a Bishop, Bishop Lynch, If St. Petersburg Times quoted Bishop Lynch correctly it is a "Real Pathetic Comment" The Bishop's statement was a forgone conclusion; the tubes will be pulled and she will die. Bishop, how do you negotiate Life or Death? If that is possible, Bishop Lynch, why have you not gone and asked to speak to the so-called- husband? After all, Terri Schiavo is in your Dioceses. Bishop, maybe you should Step-up instead of Terri's parents stepping back

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Mar. 01, 2005 11:48 AM ET USA

    hireling. the wolves ought to feel real good!

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Mar. 01, 2005 11:10 AM ET USA

    There is one thing that "Exorcists" both formal Catholic ones, and "informal" protestant ones know... Talking directly to the demon is very dangerous and to be avoided..., and two, making deals with the demon is even worse... Compromise with the diabolical is like lighting a fire on your living room floor.

  • Posted by: Brad - Mar. 01, 2005 10:00 AM ET USA

    Contact Bishop Lynch: Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg Bishop Larkin Pastoral Center P.O. Box 40200 St. Petersburg, FL 33743 Phone (727) 341-6830 E-mail: [email protected]

  • Posted by: Brad - Mar. 01, 2005 9:59 AM ET USA

    This is unbelievable. I don't know how more out of sync some American Bishops can be with the Church. I wrote Bishop Lynch (and strongly encourage others to do likewise) to encourage him to speak publically and unequivocally in favor of life and opposing the purposeful death of an innocent person. Not surprisingly, I received no response. If you disagree, let me know. A fearful shepherd is not what we need today. Anyways, please prompt him yourself.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2005 8:28 AM ET USA

    Mediation? This implies that there is some middle position to talk about. Some "limbo" state between life and death? Or perhaps a booby prize to the parents now that the eventual outcome if preordained. How absurd.

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