Now You Know

No, by the grace of God, you will NOT plead ignorance. You will NOT testify that you never knew any better because no one ever taught you anything better. You will not plead that you were never told.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

A Priest Speaks Out Whereas a Bishop Did Not.

Well, Bishop Lynch of Florida, are you paying attention to this?

To: National Desk, Legal Reporter

Contact: Jerry Horn of Priests for Life, 540-785-4733;Web:

NEW YORK, April 5 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In response to the criticism some have voiced to his statements that Terri Schiavo's death was a murder, Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning:

"Yes, Murder.

"Terri Schiavo was in fact murdered by being deprived of food and water for 13 days. The reason Michael Schiavo's attorney George Felos was so upset that I said this is because he is a euthanasia advocate, and the only way to advance euthanasia is to sugar-coat it, and never call it murder. But it is. Moreover, it is inaccurate to describe Terri Schiavo's death as peaceful and gentle. I was with her for several hours the night before she died and again the next morning up until ten minutes before she died. She was in an agony unlike anything I have ever seen, and to describe it in any other way is irresponsible and dishonest
"As for Mr. Felos' plea that I speak words of compassion and reconciliation, I have indeed done so publicly over recent months. But compassion does not mean compromising the truth, and reconciliation is possible only when one repents of doing evil acts like killing. The role of a priest, moreover, is not simply to make people feel good, but to denounce injustice and proclaim truth, no matter how discomforting it may be."
/© 2005 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/

It is a crying shame that Bishop Lynch did not see fit to do his duty and speak with as much moral clarity as Father Pavone. If you know any self-proclaimed "Catholics" or "Christians" who supported Terri Schindler-Schiavo's murder directly through their actions or indirectly through their inaction, you can rest assured that they are "Catholic" or "Christian" in name only. After all, you could decide tomorrow to go around calling yourself a nuclear physicist, but just because you call yourself one it doesn't make it so.

(h/t Straight Up with Sherri)

You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW.