Terri Schiavo, the Brain Injured and Church Teaching


(By Bobby Schindler/National Catholic Register) – Two Jesuit priests, Father John J. Paris, a professor emeritus at Boston College, and Father Kevin Wildes, a professor at St. Joseph’s University, recently published an article, “Making an idol of brain-injured patients.”

The priests were responding to an article written by Charles C. Camosy, a professor at Fordham University, titled, “Latest research on vegetative state calls for new civil rights movement.”

Professor Camosy’s piece underscores how medical evaluations, treatment protocols and the legal protections are effectively unchanging — even deteriorating — for people with cognitive disabilities.

Specifically, he was referring to those in brain injured conditions similar to my sister, Terri Schiavo. CONTINUE