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Discussion 2 to Meditation 321
Bad Timing? or Preparation?

by JT

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On the surface, it would seem that the Vatican's statements on health care at the end of life showed remarkably bad timing, coming in the brief period between two hospitalizations for the ailing Pope.

Perhaps the intent is to prepare the faithful for the Pope's inevitable demise. Perhaps they are suggesting that they are not going to do everything possible to prolong his life. Perhaps the limits to his health care have been discussed with him, and he has drawn a line at which treatment will cease.

If that is the case, it's very reasonable to suggest that he has set limits and truly extraordinary measures will not be taken at the end.

But why should they suggest that one man's limits should be the example for everyone?

In any event, the elective tracheotomy he chose to have performed this week is an item of health care not available to the vast majority of people in the world; including many in the western world.

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