|"After speaking with a nurse friend of mine the other day about this story, he told me that as amazing as this story was, he almost wished the press didn't get a hold of it so that other families in the same situation wouldn't be given false hope. At first I felt some sympathy with his statement for deep in my heart I would not want to see a family hurt even more after watching their loved one suffer so, but then I thought, that without miracle stories like this one, there would be no hope at all, and despair would be the only option in these cases."|
Monday, February 28, 2005
|"(CBS) Not only is Sarah Scantlin speaking after suddenly awakening from the coma-like state she'd been in for 20 years, she's displaying "uncanny recall," her father says. And Sarah's doctor says she seems to improve by the day."|
|"A judge gave Terri Schiavo's husband permission to remove the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube in three weeks, handing him a victory in his effort to carry out what he says were his wife's wishes not to be kept alive artificially."|
Prayers organized for JPII
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Friday, February 25, 2005
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Continuing the fight for Terri Schiavo's life
- Terri collapses in Feb 1990, and "Terri's attending physician.. testified at an evidentiary hearing last year (that) .. said she hadn't received therapy. He said he accepted (Michael) Schiavo's word that therapy had been deemed unnecessary" . How can they conclude that she's beyond treatment and consign her to death, when they never even tried therapy?
- Her husband's camp claims that Terri is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) and has twice been granted court approval to remove her feeding tubes, threatening to end her life by starvation. Fortunately, courts intervened for temporary stays, but the threat remains. Follow stories about the medical issues  throughout the case, and how adequate treatment has been repeatedly denied  her by Michael Schiavo.
- Videos and pictures of Terri  show that she is conscious, responds to some verbal commands, laughs, speaks in a limited capacity, and focuses on people around her.
- There is evidence that 43% of PVS diagnoses are misdiagnosed . Given that there was never any attempt to treat her, could it be that she was also haphazzardly (mis)diagnosed?
- Her husband remains Terri's guardian despite factors that suggest a conflict of interest:
- He "stands to inherit what's left of monies awarded (to Terri) in a malpractice lawsuit. As WND reported, $1.2 million was placed in a medical-care fund for Terri in 1992. Schiavo says only about $50,000 remains in the fund and that the money was spent on Terri's medical needs" . I wonder which medical needs that pertains to if she has never gone to therapy?
- "The estranged husband is living with another woman with whom he has two children but refuses to give up guardianship and (to) divorce Terri, as the Schindlers have requested" .
- There was testimony "given during last year's evidentiary hearing about her being presented at the emergency room with an 'extraordinarily rigid neck' described by one physician as 'consistent with attempted strangulation,' plus a 1991 bone scan report that suggests she had a history of trauma" . This suggests the possibility of spousal abuse, as supported further in this testimony  by a psychiatrist and expert witness explaining how Michael Schiavo, in Dr. Lieberman's professional opinion, "fits the profile of a wife abuser.
- "Terri has no written directive on the matter. Schiavo says she told him during a casual conversation a year before her injury she would not want to be kept alive through artificial means. He insists he is carrying out her wish to die" . All we have is his word? Given the suspicious nature of Terri's injuries around the time when she collapsed, why do the courts consider his word to be completely credible?
Join Terri's fight if you feel strongly enough about this. Pray for her and the people around her and the case -- including her husband, his lawyers, as well as state and court officials. Terri's heart and lungs work fine without assistance. She just needs food and fluids as we all do, albeit through a feeding tube. If you've an open mind, at least, read about it at Blogs for Terri and at WorldNetDaily. This fight is not just for Terri: it's for her parents, brother, sister, for victims of spousal abuse (as Terri could be), and for other handicapped people whom far too many wish to see euthanized.
- Court to hear petition to remove husband as guardian (2003, WorldNetDaily)
- Medical Issues Archive, (Blogs for Terri).
- A Family's Torment - Terri Schiavo (ProLifeBlogs.com).
- Terri's Videos (Blogs for Terri)
- Andrews K, Murphy L, Munday R, Littlewood C. Misdiagnosis of the vegetative state: retrospective study in a rehabilitation unit. British Medical Journal 1996;313:13-6.
- Stay extended in Schiavo case (WND, 2005-02-23)
- Preliminary thoughts on how Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael, fits the profile of a wife abuser (Carole Liberman, M.D., M.P.H., Psychiatrist/Expert Witness)
Monday, February 21, 2005
Off-the mark reactions to JPII's "Memory and Identity"
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Friday, February 18, 2005
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Recommended Reading: Praying the Scriptures by Christopher Hayden
Monday, February 14, 2005
"He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.'"But this does not necessarily attack all who follow Luther's analogy as such. You'd have to know some Evangelicals to realize that they're mostly as conscious about what they do (or don't do) as Catholics are. They may proclaim justification by faith alone, but they're just as prone to practice the living faith, where works (acts) are involved, spoken of in the epistles: an active, living faith that works (or acts). They may verbalize this as mere fruits of one's justification, but Catholics have no trouble with this as we know that they are fruits of the Holy Spirit in us, as everything good comes from God. Regardless of that manner by which Evangelicals verbalize this, they share with Catholics a concern for serving and pleasing God through these works (or acts). The problem lies in Evangelicals who would sit on their faith in Christ as a conscious assent, by intellect and emotion, without acting in love to the least of our neighbors. This has been referred to as "easy believism" by some, which contradicts the "and lordship" camp among Evangelicals which sees the danger, as Catholics do, of faith without fruits, i.e., loving acts. Among Catholics, the problem lies in those who would sit on their simply being Catholic. Neither faith nor membership are ends in themselves. When St. Paul tells Timothy about the profitability of Scripture, for example, his attitude towards Scripture was a tool, a means, "That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work" (2 Tim 3:15-16). We should all broaden our understanding of Christ as, not only the Truth to be believed, but the Way that needs to be walked. You can't just sit on your faith nor your membership because you can't walk while sitting down.
Friday, February 11, 2005
|And the nations shall know that I am the Lord the sanctifier of Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for ever (Ezekiel 37:28).|