Again, Fr. Paris’ opinions are refuted by fact. Fr. Paris, in the Newsweek article MSNBC – ‘No Moral Sense’ states the following:
The pope, himself a sick man, has yet to make known a living will. What do you suppose would happen if he were in a similar situation?
This is the open invitation to chaos. There are no rules in the Vatican on this sort of thing…
However, today, Yahoo! News is carrying a Reuters article called "Pope’s ‘Living Will’ Wants Life Support to the End" in which the following is stated:
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.
This indicates he would want to be kept alive by artificial means even if he fell into a coma or a persistent vegetative state, such as the brain-damaged Terri Schiavo in the United States whose feeding tubes have been removed after 15 years.
"The Pope’s statement would have to be considered the equivalent of his living will," said Father Thomas Reese S.J., editor of the Jesuit weekly America in New York. "It would be very difficult to unplug him if it came to that."
So much for Fr. Paris’ opinions. Yet another reason this Jesuit "theologian"’s comments should be taken with a grain of salt – he has no salt of his own. "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot." (Matthew 5:13)
Pray for Fr. Paris, that Jesus will have mercy on his soul and not trample him underfoot.