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Couple’s Second Child Dies After Prayer-Only Healing Doesn’t Work (Again)

Herbert and Catherine Schaible
Philadelphia Police Dept.



Anytime anyone gets sick, especially children, we always ask our friends and family to pray for them. And, I absolutely believe that prayers can bring miracles upon the sick. But, I also believe that the combination of medical care AND prayers is the best bet. These parents do not agree with me. Last week, they lost their SECOND child to illness, after prayer-only healing.

Chris Chaberski has the rest of this story…

In 2009, Herbert and Catherine Schaible lost their 2-year-old son, Kent, to bacterial pneumonia—a condition they refused to let a doctor treat, insisting on using only prayer to heal him. Last week, their second son died. He, too, failed to receive any potentially life-saving medical care.

The Schaibles are members of a fundamentalist Christian church that believes only in faith-healing. After Kent died, they were convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to probation for 10 years.

Their second child was just 8 months old. He had suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems. Official charges have yet to be filed, as the precise cause of death still needs to be determined.

At a hearing, Judge Benjamin Lerner violated the Schaibles’ probation, saying that the couple had failed to offer the most basic protection for their child.


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