That annoying intractability
Terri Schiavo has a date with death, and you found yourself wondering what her bishop has to say about it.
Wonder no longer; he's taken his stand.
Bishop Lynch announces that "the decision to remove Terri’s artificial feeding tube will be that of her husband, Michael." That's good, because the decision shouldn't be left to "the courts or certainly the governor or legislature..." (Notice that word: "certainly." You wouldn't want Republicans making the decision.)
Still, the bishop realizes that there is a problem: "A significant part of that family feels they are outside of the decision-making process and they are in great pain and suffering mightily."
Yeah, that's a problem, all right. So the bishop proposes a solution: If everyone could just get together, and join in the decision-making process, then we could all relax.
Except Terri Schiavo, who would have been dead long ago but for the "intractability" of her parents-- the very factor that Bishop Lynch wants to eliminate from this equation.
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Posted by: -
Mar. 04, 2005 11:53 AM ET USA
a recent article re Bishops excused them with the general theme: 'Its really not that easy being a bishop. It seemed their best efforts were to distribute directives from the Vatican, but they weren't sure their priests read them. Enforcing things was very hard, and laypeople have a mind of their own.' No doubt about it Bishop Lynch has a tough row to hoe. Imagine having to say, "To starve Terri of food and water will be cruel murder and anyone who cooperates with it will be excommunicated."
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Mar. 03, 2005 10:35 AM ET USA
As a form of penance I would like to see all USCCB members give up the following words or phrases: (1) Significant (2) Feeling(s) (3) Decision-making process
Posted by: dover beachcomber -
Mar. 02, 2005 8:41 PM ET USA
At this point, Terri Schiavo's bishop ought to be getting himself in front of the TV cameras every day, denouncing her protracted legal murder, sacrificing everything necessary to save her. Instead, there's nothing but the same secularized, lukewarm equivocation we might hear from any Unitarian minister.
Posted by: -
Mar. 02, 2005 4:07 PM ET USA
Bishop Lynch sounds like the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church with his rationalizations and equivications. Thank God he didn't rise through the ranks of the USCCB.
Posted by: -
Mar. 02, 2005 12:38 PM ET USA
Odd how Bishop Lynch can prattle on and on about social justice so long as it's about groups of face-less anons, but when it's about a flesh & blood human being, it suddenly becomes a "complex" situation and the crocodile tears start flowing. The guy has proved himself a disgrace. I'm left wondering what the pay off was. If the Lord decides it's time to do some serious shovel-pruning in the vineyard, I'd have to admit we deserve it..
Posted by: Brad -
Mar. 02, 2005 11:45 AM ET USA
Continually appalling. The problem is the sin of Michael Schiavo through his continued neglect and desire to cut off life. The problem is not intractability. Is this simply incredible cowardice or is has he subconciously or consiously bought into the ideas of liberalism and the culture of death? I sent another letter. It's what we need to contiue to do.
Posted by: -
Mar. 02, 2005 10:52 AM ET USA
Bp Lynch sounds like the spawn of the Brazilian Cdl. you mention above. As Catholics, we are morally required to take all ordinary means to preserve life. That requirement falls on Michael, Terri, the judges, and the Bishop. By the Bishop's refusal to use all ordinary means to educate Michael, the judges, the media and the faithful (?), he becomes complicit in an act of deliberate murder and torture. Welcome to Buchenwald in Florida.
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Mar. 02, 2005 9:10 AM ET USA
Now, we are required to respect the office of Bishop Lynch, and we do. But if he had brown eyes and gray hair it would not be wrong to point this out. Neither then, is it wrong to observe that the man is both a moral coward and a complete imbecile. Perhaps those are just his natural attributes. No disrespect meant, your Excellency. At least to your miter and crozier.