Thomas A. Droleskey
One would think that
the Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, the Bishop of Saint Petersburg,
Florida, would either come out fully in support of Mrs. Terri Schindler-Schiavo's
right to the provision of food and water or at least let the very
flawed statement of the Florida bishops issued on February 28, 2005,
stand on its own. Defiantly unrepentant of his past insistence that
the matter of Mrs. Schiavo's right to nutrition and hydration was
a "family matter" that had to be "resolved" in
the context of a consideration of "burdens," including "financial
burdens," to the family members, Bishop Robert Lynch issued the
following statement on March 1, 2005:
bishops of Florida have once again addressed the issue of the withdrawal
of the artificial feeding tube from Terri Schiavo. As in the past,
I join them in addressing this complex and tragic situation. As the
local bishop and pastor for all the family parties involved, I would
like to add the following. At the end of the day (the judicial, legislative
days) the decision to remove Terri’s artificial feeding tube
will be that of her husband, Michael. It is he who will give the order,
not the courts or certainly the governor or legislature or the medical
personnel surrounding and caring for Terri. In other words, as I have
said from the beginning of this sad situation, the decision will be
made within a family. A significant part of that family feels they
are outside of the decision-making process and they are in great pain
and suffering mightily.
I urge and pray that before the finality, one last effort be made
for mediation. Normally, at the end of life, families of the person
in extremis agree that it is time to allow the Lord to call a loved
one to Himself, feeling that they have done all they possibly might
to provide alternatives to death, every possible treatment protocol
which might be helpful has been attempted. There is a peace. This
will not happen in this instance because of the seeming intractability
of both sides. I beg and pray that both sides might step back a little
and allow some mediation in these final hours. The legacy of Terri’s
situation should not be that of those who love her the most loathing
the actions of one another but of a heroic moment of concern for the
feelings of each other, guided by moral and ethical considerations,
with a single focus of achieving the best result for Terri. I ask
the Catholics of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in the waning days
of Lent to pray hard to the “Author of All Life” for Terri
and for her family.
statement from a Successor of the Apostles adds further insult to
the injuries suffered by Terri Schindler-Schiavo and those who have
been striving with all of the strength provided by Our Lord's ineffable
graces to save her from an unjust and immoral execution under terms
of an illicit law on the statute books in the State of Florida. Bishop
Lynch is in effect saying that Michael Schiavo has the right to murder
his wife, who is no more near death than any of us, under the cover
of a despicable law. He is chastising Florida Governor Jeb Bush for
having intervened in 2003 to convince the Florida State Legislature
to pass "Terri's Law," which saved Mrs. Schiavo's life at
that time as she was six days into the process of being starved and
dehydrated to death. He is indirectly chiding Renato Cardinal Martino,
President of the Pontifical Council for the Justice and Peace, for
saying that Terri Schiavo's execution would be an advance for legalized
euthanasia in the United States and for saying that Terri Schiavo
must not in fact be starved and dehydrated to death. And Bishop Lynch
refuses to personally acknowledge that Pope John Paul II
has specifically repudiated his own employment of utilitarian factors
to attempt to justify the starvation and dehydration of brain-damaged
It is thus
necessary to re-state things that many of us have been stating for
several years now. As Bishop Lynch is demonstrating himself to be
defiantly unrepentant in his support for an action that is contravened
by the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural
law, this review is sadly necessary:
is not a complex case. Terri Schindler-Schiavo has an absolute right
to food and water that is not contingent upon her ability to recover
from the trauma that caused her injury fifteen years ago. Pope John
Paul II specifically noted that the consideration of "probabilities"
of recovery are forbidden to be used to justify the withdrawal of
food and water. This matters not to Bishop Robert N. Lynch.
there are no "discussions" that are to be had in this case.
A Successor of the Apostles should be standing firmly with one of
his sheep who is about to starved and dehydrated death, calling one
and all to cooperate with the graces won for us by the shedding of
Our Lord's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross to see
that part of their own salvation depends on giving to Terri Schindler-Schiavo
the care we would give to Our Lord Himself. This matters not to Bishop
Robert N. Lynch, who has spoken or written not one blessed word about
redemptive suffering. Not once has Bishop Lynch uttered the following:
"No cross we are asked to bear is the equal of what one of our
least venial sins did to Our Lord in His Sacred Humanity on the wood
of the Holy Cross. We are helping Christ to redeem the world when
we offer up our sufferings to Him through His Most Blessed Mother's
Immaculate Heart. Let us bear our crosses with love and never count
the cost. We will be repaid a hundredfold in eternity."
provision of food and water is not, as Pope John Paul II noted on
March 20, 2004, "medical treatment." This matters not to
Bishop Robert N. Lynch, who has not repudiated his own August 12,
2003, statement that the provision of food and water by tubes is considered
to be extraordinary means of medical care.
there is only one outcome from the removal of food and water from
Mrs. Terri Schindler-Schiavo: her death. The binding precepts of the
Divine positive law and the natural law forbid the taking of any action
which has as its only and immediate end the death of an innocent human
being. These precepts are immutable. Mrs. Schiavo will not die at
this time, barring a heart attack or some illness from which she may
not recover, as long as she is fed and hydrated.
human being has any right in the Divine positive law or the natural
law to starve himself to death. No human being has the right in the
Divine positive law or the natural law to delegate to another the
"power" to starve and dehydrate him in the event he is unable
to speak following an unexpected illness or accident.
has been noted endlessly, no human institution of civil governance
has the authority found in the Divine positive law or the natural
law to enact or to enforce any statute that "permits" the
withdrawal of food and water, which is, as Pope John Paul II noted
in Evangelium Vitae in 1995 and in his March 20, 2004, statement
an act of "euthanasia by omission."
the case of Terri Schindler-Schiavo is not about "understanding
the feelings" of others. It is about absolute and unwavering
fidelity to the Fifth Commandment and to the performance of the Corporal
Works of Mercy. Terri Schindler-Schiavo stands once more on the precipice
of being starved and dehydrated to death. This act of murder--and
it is nothing other than murder sanctioned by law--is one of the four
sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. And what do we find Mrs.
Schiavo's bishop doing? Telling people to tamp down their rhetoric
and to understand the feelings of all involved. This is not a matter
of feelings. This is a matter of obedience to God's law and to the
administration of basic physical care and of Christian compassion
to a woman who is in need of both. The name Schiavo means "slave"
in Italian, I am told by the multilingual Father Patrick J. Perez.
Terri Schindler-Schiavo is the slave of Michael Schiavo's decision
to use an unjust law to play God and she is also the slave of a bishop
who says that Mr. Schiavo has the "right" to make that decision.
Bishop Robert N. Lynch is going to be complicit in the execution of
Terri Schindler-Schiavo. Rather keep a prayerful vigil in front of
the hospice where she lies, he writes of Michael Schiavo, the faithless
husband who has fathered two children out of wedlock and who boasts
of having a "fiancee" while still sacramentally and legally
married to her, and his "right" to make the decision to
keep her alive or to kill her. Bishop Lynch will stand before God
at the moment of his Particular Judgment with the blood of Terri Schindler-Schiavo
dripping on his hands if he does not repent of his truly diabolical
contempt for the immutable law of God that forbids any action that
directly causes the death of an innocent human being regardless of
the "intentions" of those involved. And he is responsible
for reaffirming those sheep in his flock who trust in his false assessment
of the facts and the principles at work in this case, thus helping
other people to "feel" at peace when they decide to dispatch
their own relatives or to make provisions for themselves to be so
"dispatched" by means of the terms contained in a
Bishop Robert N. Lynch
has demonstrated over and over again that he is a law unto himself.
He is the product of the doctrinal and liturgical revolutions of the
past forty years. He makes statements that are totally at odds with
the received teaching that the God-Man entrusted to His Mystical Bride,
Holy Mother Church, in the Deposit of Faith and yet continues to be
kept in place as a diocesan ordinary. He has demonstrated his contempt
for Solemn Eucharistic Adoration, ignoring the exhortations of the
current pontiff to promote this traditional practice of the Catholic
Church, dismissing the fact that there are a few of his brother bishops
who also promote the very thing he found so "problematic"
in the Diocese of Saint Petersburg five years ago. If this does not
constitute part of our genuine State of Emergency in the Church in
her human elements at present, I truly do not know what will convince
people to believe that most of our bishops have lost the Catholic
Faith and are in the grip of demons.
we fly unto the patronage of Our Lady. We pray for Bishop Lynch's
conversion to the Catholic Faith at the same time we pray that his
sheep reject and resist his consistently un-Catholic statements in
the case of Terri Schindler-Schiavo. And we continue to pray that
this Holy Father or one of his immediate successors will consecrate
Russia to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, thus ending the
spread of the errors of Russia, which are really the errors of Modernity
in the world and Modernism in the Church. In the meantime, we have
to make reparation for our own many sins, which have added in no small
measure to the problems we face in the Church and the world, trusting
that our efforts to proclaim the truth in these almost unprecedented
times in the Church's history will help in some small way to plant
the seeds for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and thus
of the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King.
Queen of the Apostles, pray for all of the bishops of the Catholic
Patron of the Universal Church, pray for the restoration of Tradition
within Holy Mother Church.
Miguel Augustin Pro, fierce foe of the Masonic revolutionaries in
Mexico, pray the conversion of those bishops who have the Masonic
spirit of naturalism burning with such a fever pitch in their hearts
Afterword from Anne Catherine Emmerich
this vision that Anne Catherine Emmerich had on June 1, 1821:
the strangest things that I saw, were long processions of bishops.
Their thoughts and utterances were made known to me through images
issuing from their mouths. Their faults towards religion were shown
by external deformities. A few had only a body, with a dark cloud
of fog instead of a head. Others had only a head, their bodies and
hearts were think like vapors. Some were lame; others were paralytics;
others were asleep or staggering.
saw what I believe to be nearly all the bishops of the world, but
only a small number were perfectly sound. I also saw the Holy Father--God-fearing
and prayerful. Nothing left to be desired in his appearance, but he
was weakened by old age, and by much suffering. His head was lolling
from side to side, and it dropped onto his chest as if he were falling
asleep. He often fainted and seemed to be dying. But when he was praying,
he was often comforted by apparitions from Heaven. Then, his head
was erect, but as soon as it dropped again onto his chest, I saw a
number of people looking quickly right and left, that is, in the direction
of the world.
"Then, I saw
that everything that pertained to Protestantism was gradually gaining
the upper hand, and the Catholic religion fell into complete decadence.
Most priests were lured by the glittering but false knowledge of young
school-teachers, and they all contributed to the work of deception.
those days, Faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in
some places only, in a few cottages and in a few families which God
has protected from disasters and wars."
in Yves Dupont's Catholic Prophecy book, which was published
by TAN and Books Publishers in 1970.