Thursday, March 31, 2005

Vatican Cardinal Condemns Schiavo Death

ROME - A Vatican cardinal denounced the death Thursday of Terri Schiavo, saying removing the feeding tube that was keeping her alive was "an attack against God."

Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, head of the Vatican's office for sainthood, told reporters that "an attack against life is an attack against God, who is the author of life."

The prolonged interruption in her feeding ... is shaping up as an unjust death sentence to an innocent, in one of the most inhumane and cruel forms — that of death from hunger and thirst," Renato Martino, who heads the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told Vatican Radio earlier in the day, before her death was announced.

"The dutiful and unavoidable respect for a human being should impose that ... what would practically and without euphemism be murder — to which it is impossible to stand by inert without becoming an accomplice — be avoided," he said. (emphasis added)

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