Friday, February 25, 2005

I just don't get it.

I just saw this on Yahoo, and found the dichotomy sadly ironic.

Top story - a woman will now be starved to death – at the direction of the court and to the dismay and terrible anguish of her parents. Her husband, (Correction)now remarried what does he not understand by " … in sickness and in health … " anyway? (see Beth's comment) has won his fight to murder his ex-wife.

Juxtaposed upon a story of an ailing Pope Paul, who will die when God calls him, not when a court so ascertains.

Exsqueeze me? Imagine, if you will, the headlines are flipped.

Judge Orders Pope's Feeding Tube Removed

Florida Woman's Breathing Unassisted. Advised Not to Eat.

Can you for one minute imagine what the Universal uproar would be if someone at the Vatican took Pope Paul's case to a court to remove a feeding tube? It would never happen. Yet there is no difference here, really.

We are presented with two ailing/invalid human beings. One of whom will soon surely die by decree, and the other of whom will surely die when it is time for him to die.

One decreed by Circuit Judge George Greer and the other to be determined by God.

"If Mr. Schiavo legally succeeded in provoking the death of his wife, this would not only be tragic in itself, but it would be a serious step toward legally approving euthanasia in the United States," Cardinal Renato Martino told Vatican Radio on Thursday.

Can ya 'splain it to me, Lucy? Cuz I just don't get it.