Maybe we have evolved so far from a culture of life that its time for the debate to start on whether the humane thing to do is remove water and nutrition from the Pope. Who among us would choose his fate? He’s old, frail and disease ridden. He falls victim to every passing virus. There are times when the simple act of breathing taxes his frail body. Why just recently he needed tubes to clear his airways. He is barely able to walk or talk for any appreciable length of time. He often has to relay on others to carry out his duties as head of the largest Christian organization in the world. He is merely the echo of his former self. Where is his quality of life? There is no release from his suffering or cure except through death. Surely, its time to remove him from this mortal coil and end his suffering? Would it not be the humane thing to do?
Update on the Terri Schiavo: CNN has just announced that AP is reporting that US District Court Judge James Whittemore has ruled that Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube will not be re-instated. No doubt he made his announcement after his breakfast.