Denied Last Rites
From the AP:
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) — The Roman Catholic priest of a brain-damaged woman whose feeding tube was removed this week tried to give her a final communion Saturday but was refused entry by police officers guarding the entrance to the hospice.
Bob and Mary Schindler, the parents of Terri Schiavo, were joined by Monsignor Thaddeus Malinowski when they told officers they wanted to administer the Catholic rite of Viaticum, the last communion for a Catholic before death.
Police officers at the hospice told the family the rite would violate a doctors order that nothing be placed in her mouth, to prevent choking and aspiration.
Of course, if Terri Schiavo doesnt choke on the wafer, but is actually able to swallow it, then in all likelihood the starvation efforts would have to stop and her life would have to be spared. It seems her husband doesnt want to take that chance.
12:00 PM / October 20, 2003
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