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Old 03-31-2005, 07:38 AM   #1
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Terri Is Gone - Is The Pope Next?

Pope's 'Living Will' Wants Life Support to the End

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PARIS (Reuters) - Pope John Paul, now being fed through a nasal tube because of his throat problems, effectively wrote his own "living will" last year in a speech declaring some life-extending treatments a moral duty for Roman Catholics.

The ailing Pontiff sharply narrowed Catholic guidelines for treating patients nearing death in March 2004 when he described tube-feeding as a normal treatment rather than an extraordinary measure that can be stopped if all hope of recovery fades.
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Old 03-31-2005, 07:44 AM   #2
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Regardless of any political differences about this issue, it does seem likely that the Pope doesn't have much time left.
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If it's documented that these are his wishes then I don't see any dispute. For such a man of God I can't see why for the life of me he would want such a thing. But to each it's own.
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I agree with you pax, we're going to get a new Pope soon. It will be strange for me, this is the only pope I've ever been a Catholic under. Then again, that's probably true of many people because he's been pope for so long.
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the Pope certainly

is not next



I heard that something like 4000 people a day pass away in the United States alone
in situations much like Terri S.

without acts of congress
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I realise this is stating the blatantly obvious - but the funky Pontiff does seem to be on the way out.
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It's so painful to see the Pope in such a bad way....I saw an awful picture of him in such agony in the newspaper today.
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He now has an infection and is getting treated for that on top of everything else. I think it's awful to watch him wasting away like that.
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I'm not a Christian, can someone please enlighten me on the religious significance of the Pope? Is he just like...the lead priest?
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He's God's representative on Earth. And head of the Catholic Church.
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He's God's representative on Earth. And head of the Catholic Church.
So he speaks to God?

I thought that was President Bush's job. Haha just kidding but really...he is looked at (by God) as a greater human than all the others?
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Whatever the Pope means to you, he was just read his last rites.
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So he speaks to God?

I thought that was President Bush's job. Haha just kidding but really...he is looked at (by God) as a greater human than all the others?
I'm not so sure that God thinks he is a greater human being. All humans are created equal afterall. I think it's more that the Pope shows God's will for mankind. I think he would talk to God like anyone else would, through prayer and stuff.
Lol, I'm not good at explaining stuff
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Whatever the Pope means to you, he was just read his last rites.
I just read this too. This makes me really sad.
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I'm not so sure that God thinks he is a greater human being. All humans are created equal after all. I think it's more that the Pope shows God's will for mankind. I think he would talk to God like anyone else would, through prayer and stuff.
I think that's a good explanation

Yes he's been administered last rites
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