STAFFORD, Virginia, October 21, 2003 ( – American Life League president Judi Brown has taken the Florida Catholic bishops to task for their poor efforts on the Terri Shiavo saga.

In a press release earlier today, the AFL says Brown “notes a serious void in leadership within the Florida Catholic Conference of Bishops. ‘Most stunning throughout this lengthy, three-year battle to save Terri Schiavo’s life has been the lack of consistent action by Florida’s Catholic bishops, especially Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg.  It is inexcusable that these shepherds find it acceptable to sit by virtually silent while one of their flock is being brutally and publicly murdered.’”

The release continues, “In reference to the inadequate statements the bishops have issued, Brown said, ‘I am reminded of Christ’s admonition to the Pharisees in Matthew 24.  ‘Blind guides’ appears to be a fitting description of shepherds who have not taken the first meaningful public step to stand between this young woman and her executioners.  The Florida bishops’ silence has sent a clear message that they lack the courage to stand against this injustice.”’


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