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March 28, 2005

Terri Given Easter Communion

Posted in: Religion,Terri Schindler Schiavo

When the Schiavo situation appears grim, we must look for the silver lining. On Easter Sunday the Holiest of all days Terri Schiavo was given communion.

The Rev. Thaddeus Malanowski said he gave Schiavo wine but could not give her a fleck of communion bread because her tongue was dry. He also administered the last rites, annointing her with holy oil and giving a blessing. Schiavo last received both sacraments on March 18, just before her feeding tube was removed.

This comes as a surprise as on Saturday” George Felos, an attorney for Schiavo’s husband, Michael, argued Saturday that her condition is not yet that grave.” It would seem that the Michael Schiavo camp would not be stating fact as Terri was unable to receive communion wafer as her tongue was too dry.

Just the day before Michael Schiavo denied this sacrament to Terri but has seemed to have changed his mind due to the pressure and the emotional nature that this case has taken.

“People are getting emotional,” said the Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Washington-based Christian Defense Coalition. “A woman is starving to death, but we want to focus on Terri, not on us.” Mahoney said he planned to ask congressional leaders Monday to act to keep Schiavo alive.

My personal fear is that this situation has not even come close yet to being emotional.

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