Dust off those subpoenas

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Mar 23, 2005

If you were a Republican Congressman-- knowing what you know about the federal judiciary system-- would you leave the life of a defenseless woman in the hands of the courts, and go off on recess?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Eleazar - Mar. 24, 2005 9:45 AM ET USA

    Psalms, if Government does not exist to protect life, then what is its purpose? I always thought that one of the core tenets of our faith was that no person has the right to decide when another was to die. That decision was left to God alone.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2005 9:16 PM ET USA

    If you were an American Congressman would you leave the life of your military aged son in the hands of the US govt? If you were an American Catholic would you leave your son's future in the hands of any American Bishop? In America, ideology has trumped the Faith, and civillization. One almost feels like the Roman women near the end waiting for the barbarians to enter Rome: "When will the raping begin?"

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2005 7:45 PM ET USA

    Sadly I have a "CATHOLIC" pro abortion, pro euthanasia Democrat as a Representative. The Judiciary in this country is a tyranny, unchecked, unelected and unbending. Our Legislative Branch is gutless!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2005 6:35 PM ET USA

    We do not know all the facts in this case. Bit by bit they come out and each time I wonder, why wasn't something done 5 years ago, 10 years ago. No, the government should not get into this. If I have a "power of attorney for health care" and "living will", can a court of law at whatever level negate that? I have both and have had for several years, and the thought of new legislation scares me. I am also in-home hospice worker and wonder how this will affect patients in our care.

  • Posted by: Laertides - Mar. 23, 2005 6:23 PM ET USA

    "We got those Christians off our backs, boys; now, back to BUSINESS."

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2005 5:55 PM ET USA

    Not only the Rebulican House,but we abandoned Schiavo for many years at the voting booth,if we look for blame here look in the mirror,once the rooster crows it's too late.

  • Posted by: Brad - Mar. 23, 2005 4:09 PM ET USA

    No, I would not. But neither would I go to recess if I were a Democrat Congressman.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2005 3:47 PM ET USA

    Altar boy makes an excellent point. I thought that the bishops in general have been painfully quiet throughout this entire murder of an innocent. A posting on a diocesan website is not sufficient. They should be much more vocal! Terri's bishop in particular was a schmuck! (Sounded as though he were almost on the adulterous husband's side.)

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2005 3:19 PM ET USA

    Well said, altar boy. I was wondering why no Church official has called for a public day of penance and fasting until I realized that Terry's own Bishop could only bring himself to ask for all involved parties to take a step back during these final hours. And the Holy Father suffers with her and for us all. God Bless him.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2005 1:25 PM ET USA

    I live in Florida and attend Mass in a parish in Lynch's diocese. We were recently told by our pastor that we are to find God and honor HIm in one another, in the Scriptures, and then in the Blessed Sacrament. In that order. Backwards as this is, Lynch doesn't seem to be living what he orders others to preach.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2005 10:16 AM ET USA

    That dog won't hunt, Phil. Congress did all it could do to save Terri. Michael Schiavo and his lawyer-accomplice will answer before God for Terri's death, not some congressman. Your dismay is more properly directed at Terri’s bishop. While he and his priests sit comfortably in their residences, lay faithful are out in front of Terri’s “death camp” praying and hoping for a miracle. And why hasn't he publicly demanded access to Terri to administer Extreme Unction? Shame!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2005 9:23 AM ET USA

    The courts find non-existent rights in the constitution when they feel like it, but protecting life is not a motivating factor to search.