Friday, April 15, 2005
The Cardinal : Peggy Noonan : Opinion Journal
Piety meets stream of consciousness writing.
I think she's gotten too smart for me to follow.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:17 PM Permalink
Sean Hannity Discssion Board: On Life Support
A note to people who need to answer the point that Terri was on "life support", "machine", "extreme measures", etc.
"Life support" is used to confuse people. The mechanical replacement of a heart, lung, kidney, liver is used to intervene in the process of dying. A person without a functioning heart, lung, kidney, liver, etc. will certainly die. Such technology was not available 100 years ago.
Assisting the non-dying disabled in eating and drinking is something that has taken place since ancient times. If Terri was on "life support" then we are all on "life support" If I deny to you what what denied to Terri, you will die. If I provide to you what was provided to Terri and even if you don't eat or drink anything else, you will live.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:48 AM Permalink
My post to Sean Hannity's Discussion Board
As Sean said, nearly all of what was determined to be "clear and convincing" adverse to the Schindlers in the court of Judge George Greer wasn't in his opinion, my opinion, and where the public was informed and not lied to, the opinion of the public.
The only thing that can be done do for Terri is for her to be given a respectful burial which has not happened since her ashes went into Michael Schiavo's possession on April 2.
For each of us personally, to have detailed instructions in the form of a living will.
For public policy, as Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Ron Kuby urged that people who become disabled without written instructions and where there is disagreement within the family over the medical care, that if there is to be doubt over it, the government has an interest in protecting the right to life by providing nutrition and hyrdration.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:23 AM Permalink
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Radio Host Fired For Wondering If Pope Went To Heaven : AP
An evangelical Christian talk show host who questioned the beliefs of the Catholic church and entertained a caller's question about whether the late Pope John Paul II would go to heaven has been fired.
Then again, I've heard of Christian radio hosts being fired for being insufficiently hostile or skeptical towards the Catholic faith.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:57 PM Permalink
This excuse really insults everyone's intelligence because we all know that eBay suspends auctions for all kinds of reasons -- including very petty and incomprensible ones. It is not true that eBay allows anything legal to be sold on eBay.
The Catholic League has a press release:
After a consecrated Host was recently auctioned online by eBay (it has since been sold, purportedly to a Knights of Columbus member who bought it out of respect), the Catholic League was deluged with complaints. The policy that eBay cited as a reason for not pulling the item was the subject of the following letter that Catholic League president William Donohue sent to the company today:As president of the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, I was disturbed to learn that eBay would unnecessarily offend 63 million Catholics in the U.S., and 1.1 billion worldwide, by selling a consecrated Host online. To Catholics, the Eucharist is the center of our religion, worthy of the utmost reverence. While we don’t expect non-Catholics to maintain the same perspective, we do expect them to be respectful of our sentiments. That is why the decision not to withdraw this item is so disturbing.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:32 PM Permalink
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Erickson is now chief suspect
The alleged involvement of a Catholic priest in the 2002 slayings of two funeral home workers in Hudson, Wis., soon may be headed to Wisconsin's version of a grand jury.Tragic. People who knew him well can't explain what happened.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:54 PM Permalink
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:40 AM Permalink
Priest: Schiavo's, pope's struggles mirrored each other : AP
(near the end) The Schindlers said they have not heard from Michael Schiavo on his plans to bury his wife's ashes in his family's plot in Pennsylvania, the state where Terri Schiavo grew up and where the couple met.
I've read press accounts and blogs that are cheerleading Michael Schiavo's cruelty towards the Schindler's. Perhaps Terri's ashes will be lost and not buried with respect and dignity.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:18 AM Permalink
This graphic and the larger one you can click on
Blogger credit to Kevin Miller, a contributor to the excellent Heart Mind Strength group blog who, in turn, credits a friend.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:31 AM Permalink
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
A new Amazon.com list Fiction and non-fiction of the Papal election/conclave
Please let me know if I missed anything.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:52 AM Permalink
Monday, April 11, 2005
The Blessed Mother had time to answer a small prayer for me
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:43 PM Permalink
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Do the remains of Terri Schiavo rest in peace?
Now that the body of the Pope has been laid in a tomb in the company of the other successors of the apostles, I think about the mortal remains of Terri Schiavo.
Terri died on March 31 and Michael Schiavo was given her ashes on April 1. His disclosed his intentions to hold a service and bury her ashes. He was required by the court to inform the Schindler family of this.
In 8 days, there's been no word in the media of when this service and burial will take place. I'm wondering if it ever will.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:13 PM Permalink