Thursday, March 31, 2005

Pope puts off Heaven 

Catholic teachings tell us that Heaven is supposed to be a wonderful place, and the "afterlife" is even better than life itself. Why then, does the Pope choose to be on a feeding tube instead of meeting God?
The ailing Pontiff sharply narrowed Catholic guidelines for treating patients nearing death in March 2004 when he described tube-feeding as a normal treatment rather than an extraordinary measure that can be stopped if all hope of recovery fades.

This indicates he would want to be kept alive by artificial means even if he fell into a coma or a persistent vegetative state, such as the brain-damaged Terri Schiavo in the United States whose feeding tubes have been removed after 15 years.

It makes me re-think what I was taught about heaven in school.


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