Thursday, March 24, 2005

Saint Terri Schaivo?

I'm not being flip here, but all this has me thinking. We all know how this situation will end. The tube will not be reinstated and Terri will pass into life. The self-induced apocalyptic fervor of the pro-lifers has reached unprecedented proportions and as some have proclaimed this "the new Roe v Wade" for them.

Already, we see comparisons between Terri and Holy Week, the cross, the passion of Christ, etc and the pro-lifers call this murder, starvation, etc which then, in their eyes, makes Terri a martyr and victim of the culture of death.

I don't see this impending sense of apocalyptic doom diminishing anytime soon. In fact, her passing will only boost the the fervor. And if so, there is only one action that is commensurate to the point that the pro-lifers are trying to make, canonization.

I honestly don't see how there wouldn't be a push for her canonization. The tricky part would be if the U.S. Bishops would go along. I suspect you'd find a handful on record who'd be willing to push it and if so, it is as good as done.

Raising the money would be a snap. As it is, Right Wing money men have taken up the cause and with the flood of small donations from the pro-lifers, the cause will be golden.

The other question would be the Vatican. I don't see an obstacle there. The Vatican would jump at this opportunity to make a point to Europe and to the world. So there really wouldn't be any bureaucratic obstacles, which means the cause can get started and move promptly to the Venerable or Blessed stage.

However, the real question is that of the sentiment of the faithful in the US. As it is 70-80% of the US population believe that the tube should remain out and that she should be allowed to die with dignity. The question is how that sentiment translates with Catholics. I would be utterly repulsed if this all unfolds, but is there a critical mass of Catholics who would not look kindly on this? I think not because, besides out-and-out liberals, many moderates who are uneasy about this whole thing and more neutral are afraid of the rabid right and of being caught in the cross hairs of a righteous crusade.

When the Pope made his remarks about gay marriage being part of the idealogy of evil, I mused that he was raising the temparature and stimulating a boiling point that would rid the Church of liberals once and for all. A push for Terri Schaivo's canonization, I maintain, would do the trick. It would crush the liberals and leave the Church in the hands of conservatives.

Hey, I love fiction. I love writing fiction: and so speculate like this, I will. Again, all this is unfortunate, but I don't see how things don't unfold they way I'm guessing they will.

3 Comments:

Blogger Derek said...

Sadly, Ono, I think you're right. My gut twisted when I heard Terri's suffering compared to Jesus' the first time. Her condition is tragic, but she shouldn't be made into more than she is.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

One problem with a canonization of Terri Schiavo, which will no doubt be raised by the Vatican's "devil's advocate," is the possibility that she DID tell her husband that she didn't want any tubes. If in fact the tube was removed, as Michael Schiavo said it was, because of her wishes, then it would have been an act of her will that removed the tube. That would be a definite obstacle to her canonization, and one the Vatican will have to consider.

As for her suffering, if she doesn't want the tube removed, then there are similarities between her suffering and Christ's suffering: like Christ, she is being executed by an indifferent and unjust judicial system which is basically washing its hands of the whole thing and saying: "See to it yourselves." The judicial system had the power to let her live as Pilate did, but they didn't want to rock the boat in that manner.

If she wanted the tube removed, then I don't think this can really be compared to Christ's suffering. And I don't think the question of whether or not she actually wanted it removed has been resolved yet, so I'm not ready to canonize her in my own private opinion.

10:33 PM  
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10:30 AM  

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