What happened to Terri Schiavo is tragic.
Cardinal William Keeler, chairman of the Bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement mourning Terri Schiavo’s tragic death. The Cardinal cited the teaching of Pope John Paul II that “‘the administration of food and water, even when provided by artificial means,’ should be considered ‘morally obligatory’ as long as it provides nourishment and alleviates suffering for such patients.” The Cardinal went on to state, “Ours is a culture in which human life is increasingly devalued and violated, especially where that life is most weak and fragile.” He concluded, “May the soul of Theresa Marie Schindler Schiavo rest in the peace and mercy of God. And may God have mercy on our society which failed to protect this innocent human life.”
New Scientific Findings
Through use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), medical researchers in the United Kingdom and Belgium determined that some patients in their study—5 out of 54—