Michael Schiavo Accuses Terri’s Family of Religious Hypocrisy

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 28, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Michael Schiavo Accuses Terri’s Family of Religious Hypocrisy

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 28, 2003

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — The tenuous and stressful situation in the Terri Schiavo case may be getting the best of Michael Schiavo.

In reacting to a letter written by Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) in an effort to appoint an independent guardian for Terri, Michael lambasted Bush for playing politics with Terri’s life.

"The governor has deliberately twisted the facts in this case in an apparent effort to kowtow to his ‘right-to-life’ political supporters,” Michael Schiavo told the Tampa Tribune. "This has nothing to do with him. He should stay out of it.”

However, the verbal tirade didn’t end there.

Michael also accused Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, of engaging in religious hypocrisy and using religion to raise money.

"Suddenly, they are on the religious kick. They never went to church a day in their lives,” Michael said. "I believe in God and so did Terri, but they are out to push it on people.”

Michael says the Schindlers orchestrated a campaign to send e-mail to the governor through a Web site that also raises money from right-to-life supporters. He accused the Schindlers of using his wife’s Catholic faith to their own ends.

Bob Schindler says their Catholic beliefs and long-standing. He said Michael is forgetting he and his wife sent Terri and her siblings to Catholic schools and that the Schiavo’s wedding was performed by a priest.

"It [Michael Schiavo’s comment] is really upsetting to my wife because she is a better Catholic than I am,” he said.

The Web site has drawn a good response, Schindler said. Any donations it generates are going to family attorney Pat Anderson, who had been working for free.

Father Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life, told LifeNews.com that the values needed to address Terri’s case properly have already been "pushed" on people.

"Catholic Faith in this case requires understanding that this case is about more than Catholic Faith," Pavone explained.

"It’s about the dominion of God over our lives, our laws, our courts, our attorneys, and our judges. If Michael Schiavo is worried that some people are trying to impose God’s authority on the situation, I have news for him: It’s already imposed."

Related web sites:

Terri’s Parents – https://www.terrisfight.org