“Who can judge the dignity and sacredness of the life of a human being, made in the image and likeness of God?”; “Who can decide to pull the plug as if we were talking about a broken appliance?” so wrote L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper referring to the debate around the case of Terry Schiavo.
Now the Pope is close to death, his breathing shallow and his heart and kidneys failing, we are told. And yet he is not in hospital.
The Pope has decided not to go back to Rome’s Gemelli hospital in order that he can die at home, in the Vatican. How do we know that his health wouldn’t be turned around, once more, if admitted to the hospital?
How is this different from Terry Schiavo’s wish, not to be artificially kept alive, being honoured?
It is good to see that the Vatican have finally come around to an enlightened view on euthanasia.