Catholic University in Florida Hold Mass Next Month To Honor Terri Schiavo

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 23, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic University in Florida Hold Mass Next Month To Honor Terri Schiavo

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 23
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Ave Maria University, a Florida Catholic college, will again host the annual mass in remembrance of Terri Schiavo. She is the disabled woman who gained national and international attention when her estranged husband won a court order to take her live by denying her food and water.

AMU will host the The National Mass for Terri’s Day in Naples, Florida at 5 PM on Wednesday, March 31.

Father Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life, and Father Thomas Euteneuer, the president of Human Life International, will be joined by other Catholic priests, and pro-life advocates supporting Terri and her family at the event.

The event is the main one associated with the "International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters," known as Terri’s Day, two years ago.

March 31 is the day on which Terri died, after a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death.

The goal of the event is to foster education, prayer, and activism regarding discrimination against the disabled. It encourages advocacy for people in situations similar to what Terri and her family faced so that no one will again suffer as she did.

Terri’s brother Bobby Schindler tells that his sister’s death drew attention to other disabled people like her who are seeing their rights to food and water and medical treatment and rehabilitation denied.

Just last week a new study released in The New England Journal of Medicine found that many persons diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative (PVS) are, in fact, responsive.

"What is worse is that persons with cognitive disabilities thought to be in this ‘PVS’ condition, like Terri, are routinely being denied food and hydration — their most basic rights," he said.

"These new findings in the NEJM underscores the importance of why this dangerous and often mistaken PVS diagnosis needs to be stopped when being used as a standard to kill our most vulnerable," Schindler added.

Schindler has said the study casts increasing doubts on Terri’s death and her husband Michael’s contention that treatment and rehabilitation would not have helped her.

Related web sites:
Terri’s Foundation –
Priests for Life –
Terri’s Day –

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