It was simply a matter of time before the most outrageous fabrication regarding the death of Pope John Paul II, would rear it’s ugly head. In a Time Magazine report Was John Paul II Euthanized? an Italian medical professor has issued her “professional” opinion that the Pope, long known for his outspoken stance against euthanasia (Evangelium Vitae), seemingly exercised (contradictorily), his “right to die.”
The article is awash with typical “double speak”. Here are few excerpts (emphases and comments are mine):
In a provocative article, an Italian medical professor argues (this assumes that incontrovertible facts are presented to back up these allegations…they are not!) that Pope John Paul II didn’t just simply slip away as his weakness and illness overtook him in April 2005. Intensive care specialist Dr. Lina Pavanelli has concluded that the ailing Pope’s April 2 death was caused by what the Catholic Church itself would consider euthanasia (see definition here). She bases this conclusion on her medical expertise and her own observations of the ailing pontiff on television, as well as press reports and a subsequent book by John Paul’s personal physician (she was NOT his attending physician, nor was she on staff, nor does she have access to the Holy Father’s medical records – so much for a factual conclusion). The failure to insert a feeding tube into the patient until just a few days before he died accelerated John Paul’s death, Pavanelli concludes. Moreover, Pavanelli says she believes that the Pope’s doctors dutifully explained the situation to him, and thus she surmises that it was the pontiff himself who likely refused the feeding tube after he’d been twice rushed to the hospital in February and March. Catholics are enjoined to pursue all means to prolong life.
Concludes. Believes. Surmises. This is news?! How often does Time magazine provide a forum for someone who believes something may be true…or surmises, based on their distant observation? How often? Everyday…
The article in it’s entirety may be viewed here.
Does it not seem more than coincidental, that this heinous “report” comes to us exactly one week after the issuance of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s “Responses to Certain Questions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Concerning Artificial Nutrition and Hydration” also termed “The Terri Schiavo Responses”?
It is no coincidence…
So what are we left to surmise? Here is the statement from Pope John Paul II’s long term physician, Renato Buzzonetti (who is, by the way, providing care for Pope B16): “His treatment was never interrupted,” Buzzonetti told the Rome daily La Republica. “Anyone who says otherwise is mistaken.”
“Lying”, seems a more accurate word. Perhaps not as charitable as “mistaken”, but nonetheless accurate.