We know that the Pontifical Academy for Life has fallen to the dogs, but even for the expected standards of a pontifical academy headed by a prelate who hung a homoerotic self-portrait in Christ's Cathedral, their statement on Charlie Gard was shockingly vicious and contrary to the purpose of the Academy for Life.
Duly note that after they express their opinion that Charlie's parents were using their son for "ideological and political manipulation" and "superficial media sensationalism" and consequently the hospital should obstruct further treatment, they end their statement thus:
Dear Charlie, dear parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates, we are praying for you and with you.
After they draw their sword and stab, as they're twisting the knife in our soul, they always go to extraordinary lengths to warm the cockles of our hearts, don't they.
The parents raised the cash for transport and experimental treatment in the US but British hospital officials and court said they would remove his life support so Charlie would die before treatment could be sought. The grief-stricken parents asked that Charlie be transported home to die and that request was also cruelly denied.
The death sentence from the Pontifical Academy for Life was vehemently condemned by practicing Catholics. Yesterday, Pope Francis released a statement reversing the effects of Paglia's diabolical statement, expressing his support of seeking further treatment to improve the quality and length of Charlie's life.
Wading directly into a charged moral and political debate in the UK, and also appearing to recalibrate an earlier statement from the head of his own Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis on Sunday expressed hope that the desire of 10-month-old Charlie Gard’s parents “to accompany and care for their own child to the end” will be respected.
What's startling about this case is the life and death control exerted over children, even when parents have the means for treatment. The original intention of the hospital was to remove life support swiftly, on Friday, but as the clamor over their cruelty grew louder, they released a statement saying the family would be allowed more time to say goodbye to Charlie.
Leila Lawlor tweeted their statement with emphasis "would be allowed".
Father, we pray that you humble the pride of our enemies and let the might of your right hand crush their arrogance, through Christ Our Lord!
Vatican hospital says it will accept and care for Charlie Gard!