Recently, France has experienced its own “Terri Schiavo” moment and in a tragic recap of that case, Vincent Lambert was denied such basic care as food and even water. We have all become somewhat accustomed to our church leaders refusing to lead in these moments, and hiding behind bland statements concocted by their “public relations” managers. But this time, in what must be a whole new level of incompetence the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia spoke at length on the subject, stringing cliches together without ever mentioning the commandments of God, or Our Lord Jesus Christ, Whom he purports to serve.
The analysis, including Paglia’s commentary is admirably covered by Lifesite here.
Vincent Lambert was denied even such a basic need as water. Think of that a moment, and realize what it must have been like for him. And the illustrious Paglia – yes, that one, he of the homorerotic mural – referred to the situation as “suspension of artificial feeding and hydration”. Artificial!!
“The painful family conflict over the hypothesis of the suspension of artificial feeding and hydration, since access to the knowledge of the patient’s wishes is excluded – an essential element in assessing the proportionality of treatment – has led to a deadlock that has lasted for years.”
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“These events therefore require us to clarify and deepen the role and meaning of medical care and the criteria that govern its use. Pope Francis also reminded us that it is necessary to avoid a blind extension of biological functions, losing sight of the integral good of the person (Address to the World Medical Association Convention on Assisted Suicide, 16 November 2017).
“In the face of these dramatic divisions, it is first of all a question of assuming an attitude of contemplation and prayer of proximity, so that we can find means of communication that promote reconciliation rather than controversy, at family and social levels. We must also avoid entrusting the solution only to a technical or legal action in order to seek together the broadest possible agreement. It is a journey that requires a commitment, not only personal but also collective, to develop that sense of life that suffering challenges and to confront the radical limit of death. It is a question of awakening the forces that culture has always mobilized in the history of humanity, in all its symbolic expressions, from artistic to religious, offering reasons to live. Only a broader and deeper formation of consciousness can prepare us for such dramatic and complex decisions. Knowing that no one should ever be abandoned. That love must always accompany him. A love that also overcomes death.”
Well, evidently Paglia’s rainbow love cannot overcome thirst. It’s possible that I can never grasp Paglia’s wisdom, since I do not have my own rainbow glasses. And so, poor me, I cannot see where refusing a drink of water to someone who is quite helplessly ill is an affirmation of the “integral good of the person”.
Paglia advises us that we need to “assume an attitude of contemplation” and a “prayer of proximity” to “find means of communication”. Do we need our own rainbow glasses when we assume this attitude of contemplation?
And he stresses that “only” a “deeper formation of consciousness” can “prepare for such dramatic and complex decisions” regarding whether a sick and helpless person should be forced to die without even a drink of water. It never occurs to him to simply kneel before our dear Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, and ask Him. Vincenzo Paglia, your REAL boss is calling you! You will only find the answer to these “dramatic” enigmas in Christ Our Lord. Take off your silly glasses, and pray!
Dr. Elizabeth Wickham of Lifetree.org explains,
“Transformed by the new medical specialty of palliative medicine today’s death hastening agenda has supplied us with professionals who are taught and certified in skills needed to patients and families into requesting life-limiting medical treatment. Archbishop Paglia’s statement fails to properly interpret the Fifth Commandment and to warn the faithful. (Had he done so), The world would have better understood what happened to Vincent Lambert.
“In addition, did you know that the Vatican, under the direction of Archbishop Paglia, is funding the PAL-Life Project launched by the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2018 and designed to expand palliative medicine into both developed and underdeveloped countries? http://www.academyforlife.va/content/pav/en/projects/pallife.html”
“Indeed, it is a tragedy. Palliative medicine funded by globalist George Soros and now by the Vatican is becoming the new philosophy of end-of-life care in a global economy. The cases of Vincent Lambert in France, Baby Alphie Evans in the UK, Terri Schiavo in the US, and many others are evidence of this takeover of healthcare. It is time to speak out about these abuses against the Fifth Commandment.
If you are interested in learning more about the battle against palliative care – which is actually euthanasia under a new, deceptive guise – Dr. Wickham may be reached at the above site or, PO Box 17301, Raleigh, NC, 27619.
Thank you for reading.
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse thee!
† St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
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