Why would the influential president of a Catholic Dominican theological institute recently teach moral theology that is markedly different than that of Pope John Paul II and the Catholic Church?
Father Charles E. Bouchard, O.P., president, and associate professor of moral theology at Dominican's Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Mo. said today:
"Is it possible that the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is euthanasia? Yes, but it is more likely that it is the legitimate withdrawal of a medical intervention that no longer serves her spiritual or medical good."
Contrary to Fr. Bouchard's deviating and unorthodox theology on this important matter, the Vatican this week has for the fourth time specifically spoken out against the withdrawal of Terri's palliative and ordinary care which is her 'nutrition and hydration,' and called such removal a "murderous act of Euthanasia."
Is Fr. Bouchard feeding his young impressionable students heterodox dissent on a daily basis? Let us see what else he has to say on this matter:
"Is it possible that Schiavo would want to be maintained in this medical and spiritual limbo for more than 15 years? Yes, but it is likely that as a Christian she would forgo the very limited benefits of a tube feeding and embrace God's promise of eternal life with hope."
Why this betrayal of Christianity's timeless teaching, "Thou shall not kill." Why this betrayal of the holy efforts of Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis who publicly supports Terri's parents in their fight to maintain Terri's 'nutrition and hydration.' Why this betrayal of the human dignity of the disabled person, as described stunningly by Pope John Paul II:
"The sick person in a 'vegetative state,' awaiting recovery or a natural end, still has the right to basic health care (nutrition, hydration) and to the prevention of complications related to his confinement to bed. He also has the right to appropriate rehabilitative care and to be monitored for clinical signs of eventual recovery."