Contrasting the passing of Pope John Paul II with Terri Schiavo

“The silence in America on the issue of the pope’s ‘comfort measures only’ care at the end stands in sharp contrast to the national shouting match and political seizure that scarred the last days of Terri Schiavo’s life. Despite the obvious withholding of potentially life-saving treatment from the Pope, newspaper columns and talk show hosts calling for ‘saving’ the pope were nowhere to be found. The U.S. Congress did not try to subpoena the dying pontiff and his doctors to testify. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist did not diagnose the pope’s condition from afar and suggest the pope’s doctors were making the wrong diagnosis. U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay did not suggest that the pope’s caregivers were killing the patient pontiff, or that we should intervene with the therapeutic cavalry because the pope was lying there wanting to be saved but unable to say so. President Bush flew in only to the funeral, not to the rescue. The most beloved man on earth died without all the care he could have had and no one sued anyone.”

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