Christians Find Relevance in Schiavo Case Over Easter

Members of the Catholic Church, which has been a powerful advocate for the preservation of all life, including that of the unborn, have weighed in strongly on the Schiavo case. In a March 20 editorial in the Orlando Sentinel, the Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Diocese of Orlando, draws a direct parallel to Schiavo and Christ's story.

"Holy Week, the annual remembrance of Jesus' passion and death, begins with the Passion of Terri Schiavo," Wenski wrote. "As Terri shares in his passion, she will share in his Resurrection. Like Jesus did, Terri Schiavo cries out, though with muted voice: 'I thirst!' "

Should Schiavo die over the religious weekend, Lewis says it could have "a huge impact."

"If she dies as everyone is reflecting about the resurrection, it may generate a groundswell movement to change how the brain dead and disabled are treated in society," he said.

But just as some find the Easter holiday a poignant time to be discussing the Schiavo case, others see it as an inappropriate occasion to bring up the controversy.

"This has become a political issue and it has a whole different flavor than, say, if another tsunami happened," said Rev. Jimmy Only, who leads The Congregational Church of Manhasset, N.Y. "Another weekend I might bring it up, but, this being such a holy time, I don't think it would be appropriate to bring up something that has become so political."

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