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Was John Paul II Euthanized?

In a provocative article, an Italian medical professor argues 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. 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. 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.

The polemics come just as the Vatican again weighed in on euthanasia. The Church’s doctrinal office released a one-page document, approved by Benedict, that denounced the cutting off of food and water to patients in a vegetative state even if they would never regain consciousness. This reaffirmed John Paul’s stance in 2004 during the battle over ending artificial feeding for the severely brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, who was later taken off her feeding tube and died.

  1. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #13 – This site becomes pure tabloid on Sundays, and as such totally worthless, so we shouldn’t even respond to this stuff.

    The end of that statement is true… for thumpers.

  2. doug says:

    #32. Oh, I know plenty. I know that JP2 stood up for Solidarity and generally opposed communism in the 80s, but no one has proven to me how that led to the political and economic crisis in the USSR which led to Glasnost and the crumbling of the Eastern Bloc.

    You can’t have it both ways – either (1) communism is fundamentally wrong, basically inefficient and ultimately doomed, or (2) a hardy band of western Cold Warriors brought down the USSR, which otherwise would have persisted.

    Crediting Thatcher, Reagan, John Paul 2 or any others for bringing down the Iron Curtain implicitly asserts that Communism would have been salvageable without their actions.

    me, I think a system that utterly disregards the value of the individual is ultimately doomed, no matter who sits in London, Washington or Vatican City.

  3. art says:

    #38 I guess it all depends on definition of plenty.
    JP2 was not a “western Cold Warriors”, he was a very much an insider, he had a great influence in Poland (before and after he became Pope) and on Solidarity movement itself. If it wasn’t for 1970 & 1981 in Poland, communism would probably be around for much longer there. Sure, western warriors played a role, but the opposition within and economics were the 2 major factors in bringing down the wall. Gorbachev had two options, send troops everywhere there was trouble, just like Jaruzelski did in 1981 in Poland, or do the right thing that he did.
    So, saying that JP2 played the same role as Reagan is just as wrong as saying “…whether JP2 actually helped cause it is debatable”


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