by Steven Ertelt
April 1, 2005
Pinellas Park, FL (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo succumbed to a painful thirteen day starvation death on Thursday, but that didn’t stop members of her estranged husband Michael’s family from lashing out against Terri’s parents and their supporters. Michael’s brothers attacked everyone from Terri’s brother to a priest who helped the family a day after Michael’s attorney blasted him.
In an interview with CNN, Michael’s brother Brian Schiavo vowed he will never forgive the Schindler family for portraying Michael as a murder, despite him spending nearly half of the money meant for Terri’s medical care and rehabilitative treatment on legal bills in his quest to end her life.
"If you don’t think my brother has been vilified from day one, then I tell you you’d better study the record … he’s been nothing but be accused of being a murderer," Brian Schiavo said on CNN’s "Larry King Live."
He said he had no idea if any healing was possible between the two families and promised he wouldn’t initiate it.
"I have no idea. Not from me. I’ll tell you that. Maybe with Michael, but not from me," Schaivo said.
Another brother, Scott Schiavo, told King that the only way reconciliation would begin would be if the Schindler family made the first overture.
"I think if the Schindlers apologize to him there could be," he said.
The Schiavo brothers condemned Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother, after Michael refused to allow him, Terri’s sister Suzanne and Father Frank Pavone, a Catholic priest, to remain with Terri during her last moments.
"Bobby caused a commotion with the police officer," Brian Schiavo claimed, though he was not present when Bobby spoke with police.
After agreeing to share the room with Michael, he threatened the Schindler family with arrest if they did not leave. Once out of the hospice, Terri died 10 minutes later.
Pavone, the director of Priests for Life, a pro-life group, told reporters afterwards that Schindler was not out of hand and the blame falls on Michael’s shoulders for not allowing Terri’s family to be with her as she died.
"There was not a confrontation," said Pavone said. "He was simply emotionally upset as anyone would be. … He was told on no uncertain terms" to leave.
Pavone said he has tried to talk to the family to begin a process of reconciliation, but without success.
"I have appealed to Michael to sit down and dialog about this, to work toward reconciliation," Pavone said. "I’ve heard nothing from him."
Brian Schiavo bashed Pavone telling CNN he is a "a poor excuse of a priest, I’ll tell you that."
"He made a comment that said the flowers in Terri’s room were being treated better than she is. That was a slap in the face to the people who work in that hospice. He ought to ashamed of himself," Brian Schiavo told Larry King.
He also attacked Schindler family David Gibbs during the CNN program, saying, "David Gibbs better get his act together, because I’m getting sick and tired of everything being twisted and turned."
Gibbs said he didn’t think "it’s productive for the parties to snipe back and forth."
Related news stories:
Catholic Priest: Terri Schiavo Responsive Til Death, Prayed With Family
Related web sites:
Terri Schiavo’s parents – https://www.terrisfight.org