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Vatican Official: Terri Facing Cruel Death

Wednesday, 23 March 2005 12:00 AM

"I must confirm the moral judgment which does not change: It is an illicit and grave act," Bishop Sgreccia told Vatican Radio.

"It is especially grave, as it seems that the decision over a person's life or death today is a court issue," he said.

"Therefore, I confirm the negative judgment, not only on the fact that food has been taken away from her, but also on the decision that tries to legitimize such a thing. I hope that these examples will not be followed by other similar decisions," the prelate added.

Bishop Sgreccia explained that the decision of the U.S. justice "is not euthanasia in the literal sense of the term; it is not a 'good death,' it is a death that is induced in a cruel way. It is not a medical act. It is about taking water and food away to cause death."

"I think that those who have expressed solidarity with the family are doing an act of great merit," as well as those who have defended her publicly, he stressed.

The bishop criticized "a mechanism of exaggeration that seeks to favor the legitimization of so-called euthanasia, in cases such as this one in which interests of another kind are often at stake."

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