Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fearing God Rather than Man

Beppino Englaro may have won the legal "right" to make his daughter Eluana the next Terri Schiavo, but he'll have to go through the Misericordine nuns of Lecco in Italy to do it. The nuns run the hospice where Eluana, now 37, has lived for the last fourteen years in a "persistent vegetative state" -- although she opens her eyes and breathes on her own -- and they are refusing to remove her feeding and hydration tubes.

The Misericordines want to go on caring for Eluana, and are committed to doing so, thereby removing even the lousy excuse that her treatment is too costly. Said the nuns:

...once again, we maintain our availability, today and into the future, to continue to serve Eluana. If there are those who consider her dead, let Eluana remain with us who feel she is alive. We don’t ask anything but the silence and the liberty to love and to devote ourselves to those who are weak, poor and little in return.
Beppino Englaro might move his daughter to another hospital for purposes of having her done away with; but the Misericordines could petition for guardianship, says Msgr. Ignacio Barriero, a former lawyer and head of the Rome office of Human Life International. "It's more than reasonable that someone who wants to keep the person alive should be appointed the guardian, rather than the person who’s ready to kill her," says Msgr. Barriero. "You don't have to have a doctorate in theology to say that; it's just common sense."

Meanwhile, the Misericordines will go on lavishing on Eluana the care that her father has fought so vehemently to deprive her of.
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. (Isaiah 49:15)

1 comment:

  1. Oh my this is definitely a sings of the times when parents themselves want to kill not only the unborn but now even the born children. Thank God for such caring nuns.