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The Passing of John Paul II and Terri Schiavo

Saturday, 02 April 2005 12:00 AM

Another child of the Roman Catholic Church couldn't wait. After two weeks without food and water, Terri Schiavo had no choice but to go through that door immediately. Oh, it's a wide enough door; the pope and Terri could have both gone through it simultaneously. But a hastily arranged conference in Heaven concluded that was a bad idea. An angel, one of the most skilled and trusted, was quickly dispatched to the bedside of the failing pontiff and began to whisper to him.

"Dear Holy Father," said the angel, "our Heavenly Father was expecting you earlier in the day, but we hope you'll understand our reason for the delay. You see, Terri Schiavo, whose life you tried to save in one of your last acts of mercy, is entering Heaven right this minute as we speak.

"It's the near-unanimous consensus of the Heavenly Hosts that if you two enter eternity within minutes, or even a few hours, of each other, young Terri's passing will be denied the worldwide attention needed to mobilize the forces of good necessary to ensure that none of God's children will be treated the way Terri was ever again. If you and Terri ascend together, the radio and television and newspapers of the entire planet will cut off the media oxygen needed to slap the world's face with the fact that an innocent woman was legally starved to death in the country even you call ‘The Capital of the World.'"

"We in Heaven, Your Holiness, would have been amused at the turn your language here on earth has taken if it weren't so depressing. Terri's husband, you see, was as far from a loving, concerned, bedside fighter for Terri's interests as your imminent destination is from Hell. And on the radio and TV shows discussing Mr. Schiavo's behavior, we notice you don't hear words like ‘abandonment' or ‘betrayal.' Mr. Schiavo moved in with another woman with whom he's fathered two children so far. Apparently what Mr. Schiavo did is now referred to as ‘moving on with his life!'

"So, Your Holiness, we hope you won't mind if we put you into a holding pattern and let you circle for, maybe, two days over the Heaven Inter-Universal Airport so Terri's story can reach what you earthly communicators call ‘the broadest possible demographic.'

"Your reservation will be held, your welcome undimmed by this delay.

"And your understanding in this matter will do so much to ensure a surge of humanitarian achievement extending far beyond the precincts of your beloved Roman Catholic Church."

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