.- Following a heartbreaking battle to save the life of their brain-damaged daughter last spring, Bob and Mary Schindler, parents of Terri Schiavo, are scheduled to make a special appearance at this monthâs National Catholic Family Conference in Anaheim, California. The Schindlerâs, who made headlines during their battle to halt a court-ordered starvation of their daughter--set in motion by Terriâs husband Michael Schiavo--will speak to conference participants on how to avoid what organizers call âsimilar nightmaresâ to theirs.
Ruben Quezada of Catholic Resource Center, the conferenceâs sponsor organization, told CNA this morning that they chose to invite the Schindlers because of their close alignment to the groupâs mission, which is to âdefend life in all matters.â
The Terri Schiavo case, he said, âwas one that opened the eyes of thousands of peopleâ¦but itâs a situation which should have been brought up years ago.â
He noted that while Terriâs body of has already been examined following her death, âitâs time now to examine our soulsâ¦to educate peopleâ on the need to defend life.
âWe invited the Schindlersâ, he said, âto share their testimony and how their faith played a role.â
Quezada noted that following the Schindlerâs presentation, the conference will welcome Br. Paul OâDonnell, to explain the Churchâs teaching on matters like Schiavoâs and where Catholics ought to stand. He will be followed by attorney Mark Henry, who will explain to listeners how to avoid being placed in a situation similar to the Schindlerâs.
The organization is already boasting a pre-registration of over 4500 for the July 23rd through 24th conference.
Added Quezada: âitâs going to be a huge event this year.â
More information can be found about the Catholic Family Conference by visiting www.catholicRC.org