Dear Friends, When it comes to the Culture of Death, the legal field will stop at nothing. Laws are being written that treat life as disposable, eg. the unborn, the terminally ill, the elderly. For them, circumstances dictate the quality of life, those who are and are not worthy of life and loving care.
The most recent is the turmoil and confusion involving the Casey Kasem dispute. The court misleads the public about “life support” vs food and water, and end-of-life care. Chilling to say the least.
According to Ron Panzer, founder of Hospice Patients Alliance, “articles are now saying in some cases that “life support” has been removed, the same type of outright deceptive language that was used when they executed Terri Schiavo at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. No “life support” is involved in the Casey Kasem case, nor was it in Terri’s case. This is about food and water being administered. Giving food and water to a patient is ordinary, basic care, not “life support.” Otherwise, all of us are on “life support” when we eat and drink each day, and to call it “life support” is ridiculous!”
In a nutshell, Casey Kasem’s care has been the subject of an ongoing family feud between daughter Kerri and her stepmother Jean. The mess began when the judge appointed Kerri, one of three children from his first marriage, to be in charge of his medical care, not her stepmother. Jean, Kasem’s wife of 34 years, is opposed to withholding food and water. She pleaded with the judge to restore food and liquids to her husband. The judge ruled on Monday for feeding and other care to be given Casey, but on Wednesday reversed himself in favour of Kerri to withhold food, liquid and medication from her 82-year old father.
What’s sad is that Casey suffers from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia. He was initially admitted to hospital last week with an infected bed sore.
The slippery slope continues to expand with courts justify killing the weak members of society. Do the courts really have the right to hold the balance between life and death, leaving circumstances to dictate who lives and who dies? People are beginning to rationalize that euthanasia is being carried out sensibly, with forethought and planning, and often with the support of a family member. The Culture of Death permits us to make decisions about who lives and who dies. This midset inevitably permeates society. The country of Belgium is an example of what happens when a country embraces terminating its weaker citizens.
Bradley Mattes of Life Issues Institute recommends “Embrace the Journey“. We may be reluctant to think about death, but as people of faith we must become educated on end of life issues to make Godly medical decisions for loved ones who become sick or vulnerable. Bradley states that we have a duty to educate ourselves, after all, one day it may be your life or the life of a loved one that hangs in the balance.
Ron Panzer has a legitimate question: Why are we today seeing huge increases in the numbers of Alzheimer’s or other dementia patients being enrolled in hospice and dying supposedly of their dementia, when a few decades ago we cared for those patients until a real cause of death arose that killed them?
Jerry Novotny, OMI
The Difference is LIFE – “Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church (2258)
Websites by Fr. Jerry:
LifeIssues.net Website (in English)
Japan-lifeissues.net Website (in Japanese)