of Christ in Shepherds' Clothing
Thomas A. Droleskey
As has been
noted in other commentaries on the tragedy of the threats to the life
of Mrs. Terri Schindler-Schiavo, there are countless other persons
in situations like hers that are being starved and dehydrated to death
every day in this country. One of the reasons that men like the Most
Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of Saint Petersburg, Florida, and
others in the hierarchy in this country have endorsed the removal
of food and water tubes in certain cases is that this practice is
common in Catholic hospitals. Bishop Lynch cannot admit that a pastoral
letter issued in 1989 by the Florida bishops was wrong. He cannot
admit that those Catholic hospitals that have followed the "guidelines"
contained in that pastoral letter have wrongly murdered their patients.
He must stand steadfast in support of the thoroughly heterodox view,
contrary to both the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and
the natural law, that it is permissible in some cases to withdraw
food and water. Anyone who simply restates the principle founded in
objective truth that one may never take any action that has as its
only and immediate end the death of an innocent human being must thus
be ignored as an "irritant," even if this means ignoring
the Successor of Saint Peter as he himself merely re-states the immutable
truths of the Divine positive law and the natural law.
of innocent human beings in Catholic hospitals by starvation and dehydration
is a scandal of major proportions. News stories about this scandal
have appeared in various Catholic publications. As was the case with
the sodomite priest scandals, which were broken at first by the investigations
of men like the late Father Charles Fiore and reported in The
Wanderer, among other places, the scandal of starving and dehydrating
patients in Catholic hospitals has yet to get any "traction"
in secular news outlets. This is partly attributable to the fact that
many of the relatives of those who have been murdered have acquiesced
in the removal of food and water tubes, believing in the medical advice
that had been given them by physicians and the ethical advice that
had been given them by Catholic priests and nuns.
That is, the sensus
Catholicus leads a practicing Catholic to trust in his bishop
or parish priest or nun. A Catholic is by the supernatural gifts he
has received in the Baptismal font and that are fortified by the worthy
reception of Holy Communion and the frequenting of the Sacred Tribunal
of Penance predisposed to believing those in ecclesiastical authority.
The devil knows this, which is why the Modernists within the hierarchy
and the priesthood and the ranks of the consecrated religious and
within the nooks and crannies of all of the ecclesiastical bureaucracies
of chancery offices and universities and colleges and schools want
to stay within the Church they hate so much so that they can be recognized
as authorities by the lowly sheep, thus making it possible for these
enemies of Our Lord to attack the truths contained in the Deposit
of the Faith with the persistence of a worm eating through an apple.
Father Lawrence C. Smith told me this morning, February 28, 2005,
after offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Our Lady Help of
Christians Church in Garden Grove, California, that a parishioner
of his in Iowa was shocked when he told her, upon learning of the
circumstances of her mother's death, that she had murdered her mother
by starvation and dehydration. She was outraged, not at Father Smith
for telling the truth but at the fact that an "ethicist"
at a Catholic hospital told her that it was the right thing to do.
This is not an isolated instance at all. Indeed, it is the norm in
many Catholic hospitals around the nation. And it is a scandal, involving
the promotion of a sin that cries out to Heaven (the murder of the
innocent) that exceeds in its magnitude the protection and promotion
of those within the priesthood who have been unrepentant practitioners
and apologists for one of the other of the four sins that cry out
to Heaven for vengeance, the sin of Sodom.
Reverend Walter Sullivan, the former Bishop of Richmond, Virginia,
publicly supported Mrs. Michele Finn's desire to use a law in the
Commonwealth of Virginia to have her brain-damaged husband, Hugh Finn,
starved and dehydrated to death in 1998. Mrs. Finn also had the support
of Louisville Archbishop Thomas Kelly, O.P. A woman who lives in Virginia
reported in an e-mail she sent out to her list on Saturday, February
struggled against this moral issue constantly when directing Hospice
- trying to teach the value of human life and suffering to Catholic
and non-Catholic volunteers and nurses, alike! God alone knows
if I made any headway. I went head to head with Bishop Sullivan
- via letters exchanged - when he approved of this evil mentality
of euthanasia - and fought St. Mary's hospital, unable to find even
one priest who would support my friend's battle to save her mother's
life after brain surgery BECAUSE HER MOM WAS IN A COMA AND COULD NOT
LIFT THE SPOON HERSELF! Yes, the hospital called itself "Catholic!"
So did Bishop Sullivan - call himself Catholic!
As I noted in "Flying
in the Face of Catholicism," totally absent from the considerations
of these Modernist bishops is the reality of redemptive suffering
and the sufficiency of the graces won for us by the shedding of Our
Lord's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross to endure
any and all crosses we are asked to bear, both in our own lives and
as we help others carry their own crosses in imitation of Simon of
Cyrene and his sons Rufus and Alexander. This is a fundamental loss
of the Catholic Faith, demonstrated in the 1989 Florida bishops' pastoral
letter, a similar pastoral letter issued in 1996 by the then ordinary
of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the now deceased Bishop John Raymond
McGann, the public statements of Archbishop Kelly and Bishop Walter
Sullivan in the Hugh Finn case in 1998, the public statements of Bishop
Robert Lynch in the Terri Schiavo case, and the February 15, 2005,
statement of the Florida Catholic Conference. What is even worse is
that some bishops who know that the starvation and dehydration of
innocent human beings is wrong do not have the apostolic courage to
clean up the Catholic hospitals administered by various religious
communities where these murders are taking place, just as they lack
the apostolic courage to clean up Catholic schools and universities
and colleges. Bodies and souls are thus both placed into jeopardy
as a result.
of starving and dehydrating patients in Catholic hospitals and hospices
has been going on for quite some time. As mentioned before, few people
are complaining because they either agree with the practice or they
accept the word of the "experts." Such was the case ten
years ago when a Catholic man, who cannot be otherwise identified,
was starved and dehydrated to death in a Catholic hospital. His parents,
who were from a foreign country, spoke little English and were afraid
to confront the hospital officials as they saw their son die a cruel
death from starvation and dehydration. Indeed, I prepared a report
on this matter for publication in The Wanderer. The eyewitnesses
to this tragedy, though, were intimidated by the hospital officials
into backing down lest they, the eyewitnesses, be slapped with a lawsuit,
an eerie echo of what has happened in not a small number of cases
in the 1990s and before to those who brought forth complaints against
sodomite priests. And it was just two years later that a nurse from
the Midwest spoke publicly at a conference in New Jersey on her own
knowledge of this practice in a Catholic hospital.
The starvation and
dehydration of those deemed to be a "burden" to themselves
and/or others is but the logical result of indifference to or acceptance
of the killing of children in the womb. Many of those who staff the
institutions of the Church today are thorough-going secularists who
believe in leftism, statism, relativism, utilitarianism, positivism,
and every other sort of secular religion, eschewing Catholicism with
a demonic hatred. The extent of this hatred of the Mercy of the Divine
Redeemer for those who are sick and in need of both the Spiritual
and the Corporal Works of Mercy can be seen by reviewing once more
the report written by Jill Stanek on September 15, 2004, the Feast
of Our Lady of Sorrows, published at www.worldnet daily.com:
news was a real bummer. A reporter named Tom Szyszkiewicz, who writes
for the Catholic publications, Our Sunday Visitor and the
National Catholic Register, was calling to tell me he had
discovered two Catholic hospital systems were committing the induced-labor
abortion procedure – live-birth abortion – on handicapped babies.
bad news warped to bizarre when Szyszkiewicz said these hospitals
were waiting until babies were 23 to 26 weeks gestation before aborting
them – i.e., until they were of viable age – so they could say these
weren't abortions at all, but simply labor inductions and, thus, sanctioned
by the Catholic Church.
crazy," I thought. Most hospitals I'm aware of that commit LBA do
just the opposite: They make sure to abort babies before 23 weeks
– the most recent viability cutoff date according to the American
Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics – to avoid the
ethical and legal dilemmas of deciding whether to resuscitate a baby
they just tried to kill.
Catholic hospitals' abortion strategy seemed even more risky when
taking the Born Alive Infants Protection Act into account. It states
that live-born babies, no matter what their gestational age or circumstances
of birth, are "persons." According to the 14th Amendment, "persons"
born in the United States are automatic citizens who cannot be "deprive[d]
... of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor
den[ied] ... equal protection of the laws."
means live-aborted babies can't be cast aside to die in hospital soiled
utility rooms, or drowned in buckets of water, or sealed to suffocate
in biohazard bags. They must be medically assessed and cared for just
like wanted babies.
week, I contacted both hospital systems to make sure I wasn't missing
something. I wasn't.
Health System in Chicago, and Providence Health System on the West
Coast and Alaska, both commit live-birth abortion. But they don't
like the word, abortion." They call what they do, "early induction
Dictionary defines abortion as, "the termination of a pregnancy after,
accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of
the embryo or fetus."
now "termination of pregnancy" is called "early induction of labor."
Euphemisms ... what would abortion proponents do without them?
Catholic hospitals may also be involved. Szyszkiewicz reported in
the March 7, 2004, Our Sunday Visitor that Providence is
the 10th largest U.S. Catholic health system, and "spokespersons for
the other nine ... were either vague about their hospitals' practices
or did not return calls."
and Providence say they are acting in accordance with the 2001 U.S.
Bishops' Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care
Services that states, "For proportionate reason, labor may be induced
after the fetus is viable."
James LaGrye from the bishops' doctrinal office said the term "proportionate"
is used "for situations in which some grave risk would be incurred
if an action were not taken to avoid it," wrote Szyszkiewicz, who
added, "LaGrye said the mental health of the mother 'is a reason'
to perform early induction."
addition to having "mental health" concerns, Fr. Jack O'Callahan,
staff ethicist at Loyola, said they are trying "to ward off the physical
complications of bringing to term a child who is not going to live
"mental health" of a mother "is a reason" to perform
"early induction?" The sufficiency of God's grace and the
protection offered by Our Lady's maternal intercession? Bearing one's
cross by offering all to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? Just as the
Florida Catholic Conference and Bishop Robert N. Lynch justify the
removal of Terri Schindler-Schiavo's feeding and hydration tubes on
the grounds of their being a "burden" to her, so is life
in the womb said to be a burden both to the little child and to his
mother in instances noted in Miss Stanek's report. The barbarians
masquerading as bishops and ecclesiastical functionaries have thus
embraced the very eugenic ethos denounced by the Bishop of Munster,
Clemens von Galens, when he was delivering sermons against Adolf Hitler's
euthanasia decrees in 1939.
deformities detected before birth and physical maladies that afflict
the body as a result of disease or accident after birth are not to
be dealt with by killing those who suffer from them. Our Lord comes
to us mystically in the persons of those who are suffering, pleading
for us to see His Divine impress in the creatures for whom He shed
His Most Precious Blood and founded for us His Holy Church to be our
mater and our magister. The Fifth Commandment does
not admit of exceptions in the cases of physical deformities or financial
burdens. Each of us suffers from the deformities to our souls caused
by our sins, and one of the chief ways we can repair those deformities
is precisely by bearing our crosses in love and by patiently helping
to bear the crosses of others, keeping in mind how Our Lady's Sorrowful
and Immaculate Heart was pierced on Good Friday by the sword of sorrow
that had been prophesied by Simeon at the moment of her Purification.
Those who reject the theology of redemptive suffering and who thus
embrace a utilitarian, proportionalist mentality with respect to physical
sufferings, cannot call themselves Catholics in good standing.
foul miasma that has been created by the rejection of the binding
precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural law as entrusted
to and explicated by Holy Mother Church will not be corrected until
some pope actually consecrates Russia to Our Lady's Sorrowful and
Immaculate Heart. Although our current Holy Father has indeed spoken
out against crimes against innocent life, he has placed into positions
of ecclesiastical authority men who are themselves enemies of the
Cross of Christ and who put in place in their own bureaucracies their
co-conspirators against the Catholic Faith. While we pray for our
Holy Father as he recovers from yet another life-threatening episode,
we must pray that he or one of his successors does what Our Lady wants
done without delay. France suffered the punishment of the French Revolution
because King Louis XIV and the bishops of France refused to heed Our
Lord's request, given through Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, to consecrate
the entirety of France, not just Paris, to His Most Sacred Heart.
The Church and the world are suffering today because a very simple
thing, the public mention of the word "Russia," is deemed
to be politically insensitive and theologically absurd.
Lord said the following to Sister Lucia in Rianjo, Spain, in August
it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the
King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will
follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse
to Jesus and Mary.
essence of God, however, is simplicity. He wants from each of us,
from the Chief Shepherd on earth down to us lowly sheep, a simple
Faith, a simple readiness to do exactly what He tells us to do, being
ever willing to listen attentively to His own Most Blessed Mother,
who has told us that there can be no peace in the world absence the
Triumph of her Immaculate Heart following the consecration of Russia
by the pope and all of the world's bishops. What is so difficult about
this? All of the rot of the past forty years (doctrinal and liturgical)
will be wiped away. There will be a conversion of souls as miraculous
as what happened in Latin America following Our Lady's apparitions
to Saint Juan Diego in 1531. We must pray and fast and do penance,
especially deep in the midst of our desert journey in Lent, to help
to bring this about and 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.
never lose heart. We keep in mind the words of Pope Pius XI in Quas
Primas, which was issued in 1925:
may well admire in this the admirable wisdom of the Providence of
God, who, ever bringing good out of evil, has from time to time suffered
the faith and piety of men to grow weak, and allowed Catholic truth
to be attacked by false doctrines, but always with the result that
truth has afterwards shone out with greater splendor, and that men's
faith, aroused from its lethargy, has shown itself more vigorous than
Pope Pius XI went on to
note in that same encyclical letter, which instituted the Feast of
Christ the King:
firmly hope, however, that the feast of the Kingship of Christ, which
in future will be yearly observed, may hasten the return of
society to our loving Savior. It would be the duty of Catholics to
do all they can to bring about this happy result. Many of these, however,
have neither the station in society nor the authority which should
belong to those who bear the torch of truth. This state of things
may perhaps be attributed to a certain slowness and timidity in good
people, who are reluctant to engage in conflict or oppose but a weak
resistance; thus the enemies of the Church become bolder in their
attacks. But if the faithful were generally to understand that it
behooves them ever to fight courageously under the banner of Christ
their King, then, fired with apostolic zeal, they would strive to
win over to their Lord those hearts that are bitter and estranged
from him, and would valiantly defend his rights.
XI spoke of the enemies of the Church and how they become bolder when
the faithful do not resist them. We must face facts: the enemies of
the Church today frequently wear the clothing of shepherds. They bear
impressive titles and have copious degrees from institutions promoting
the advances of the inter-related revolutions in the doctrinal and
liturgical realms. They will not win. The final victory belongs to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary and will be made manifest by the restoration
of Christendom itself. We are born, as Pope Leo XIII noted in Sapientiae
Christianae in 1890, for combat, and armed with the supernatural
virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity, keeping close to Our Lord in
the Most Blessed Sacrament and to His Most Blessed Mother in her Holy
Rosary, we must try to do what we can to make today's enemies of Christ
convert and to become His friends now and for all eternity.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Fisher, pray for our bishops.
Ann Seton, pray for the consecrated religious of the United States
and the world.