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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Sunday, April 24, 2005

The "Terri of the Bronx"?

Pro-lifers take note - here is information about a case of a 13 year old boy named Taran in the Bronx, NY... apparently the hospital is calling him brain dead and wants to take his organs before pulling the plug on him. His family, on the other hand, doesn't want them to do it, but they have insisted on doing it, going to the courts to trump the family's wishes and kill the son instead of caring for him.

I do not know any more about this case, or about the boy's situation, but it certainly is a case for our prayers! A judge has currently halted the hospital's plans, and will be meeting with the family and hospital tomorrow.

The Catholic church does allow for withdrawl of artifical (note: feeding tubes are not artifical, anymore than a baby bottle is "artificial"!) life support when the aid that it provides is outweighed by the harm it causes (or by the ineffectiveness of its use, in the case of true brain death).

Particularly since this is regarding the care of a minor, all of us should be significantly concerned about this situation, until further information is known. Let us pray that life will be respected, here and everywhere.

Check out BlogsforTerri, which has been keeping up on this story: Judge Stays Montefiore's Termination of Taran :: News :: BlogsforTerri


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