by Steven Ertelt
February 2, 2005
Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — The ongoing legal battle to save Terri Schiavo’s life is one that some observers have called the "Roe v. Wade of euthanasia" because of its impact on the end of life issues debate. However, Terri Schiavo’s father says the fight is also a monumental spiritual battle.
In an interview with Spirit Daily, a Catholic web site, Robert Schindler talks about how Terri’s estranged husband Michael has frequently prevented Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski from giving Terri communion or even visiting her to give her a blessing.
"He has the authority," Schindler said. "He literally owns her body. I don’t really know why he doesn’t allow Communion."
Schindler told the web site that Terri’s Catholic faith is alive and she definitely reacts positively when Malanowski, former head of chaplains for the Pentagon, arrives in her hospice room.
"To show you how deep her Catholic faith is," says Schindler, "whatever distractions there are, she concentrates on monsignor solely and the different prayers he says with her. She is very attentive."
Schindler told Spirit Daily that he believes Michael is a Methodist, but that he does not attend church regularly.
Michael is currently living with Jodi Centonze, a Catholic, with whom he has had two children — even though he is still legally married to Terri.
Schindler told the web site he sees a spiritual battle taking place and that he regularly prays to "drive the devils out of the courtroom."
"I can feel them and almost see them," Schindler said.
Still, he finds solace and comfort in knowing so many pro-life advocates are praying for Terri and for the Schindler family as they fight to prevent her starvation death.
"We came home one day and there was a bouquet of 24 roses, unsolicited, sent by Franciscan brothers in Minnesota," he told Spirit Daily. The flowers came at an especially crucial time in the case and were uplifting.
"Events that have occurred show that when we pray to Him, things happen," Schindler said.
"We go a day at a time," Schindler concludes. "We expect the worst and hope for the best. It’s a day-to-day thing."
Related web sites:
Terri Schiavo’s family – https://www.terrisfight.org