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Cardinal regrets deliberate death of Terri Schiavo

posted on 31 March 2005
The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, has reacted to the news of the death of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman whose feeding tube was earlier withdrawn by court order.

He said:

It is a moral obligation to provide a person with food and water unless the means of doing so become useless or unnecessarily burdensome. The removal of Terri Schiavos means of nourishment has deliberately brought about her premature death and I regret this very much. My prayers are with her family at this time. May she rest in peace.

Bishop George Stack, an auxiliary bishop of Westminster, will also give his reaction to the death of Terri Schiavo on BBC News at Ten tonight.
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posted on 31 March 2005

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