Cardinal repeats Vatican opposition to all forms of killing

Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, yesterday reiterated the Vatican's opposition to all forms of human killing, from abortion and euthanasia to terrorism and the death penalty.

AsiaNews reports that he spoke during a meeting with Bob and Mary Schindler (pictured), parents of Terri Schiavo, the woman who was in coma for years and who died after judges accepted her husband's decision against her parents' wishes to pull the plug on the life support machine that kept her alive.

The Schindlers, who are in the Vatican along with the promoters of newly-established the Association of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life who came to the Holy See to obtain their statute, attended Pope Benedict XVI's General Audience.

They expressed their gratitude to Cardinal Martino for his attempt to "keep their daughter alive".

Cardinal Martino decried the "woman's death as one of the most inhuman and cruel form of killing since it was by hunger and thirst".

He encouraged the initiatives of the new Association reminding those present of what Pope Benedict XVI said in St John Lateran, namely "that the freedom to kill is not true freedom, but a tyranny that reduces man into slavery".

The president of Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said that "this does not only mean abortion and euthanasia but also the death penalty, war, terrorism, the destruction or manipulation of human embryos, mass starvation or destruction of the natural environment".

Cardinal Martino reiterates Vatican opposition to all forms of killing (AsiaNews.it 18/5/05)

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Terri Schiavo's Parents Thank Vatican (Zenit 17/5/05)
Parents give Pope picture of Terri Schiavo (Reuters 18/5/05)
Terri Schiavo's parents attend Papal audience, thank Vatican for support (Catholic News Agency 18/5/05)
Founder Dedicates New Pro-Life Society to Memory of John Paul II (Yahoo/US Newswire 13/5/05)
One Catholic voice on death penalty takes on another (Catholic News Service 13/5/05)

19 May 2005