Sunday, October 3, 2010
TODAY IS PRO-LIFE SUNDAY, BUT EVERYDAY SHOULD BE PRO-LIFE FOR CATHOLICS
The following is the article I wrote for St. Joseph Church's October newsletter:
While every day of every month should be pro-life for all Catholics, we use the month of October to remind ourselves of the necessity of protecting human life from conception until natural death.
Our focus begins with the innocent unborn. In today’s permissive culture and through law, the child in the womb is the most vulnerable. Legally killing a pre-born child has the protection of the law. The unborn have fewer rights than your pet dog or cat. In the United States alone, the number of abortions since the legalization of it by the Supreme Court is staggering. No war or acts of terror, not the death penalty or euthanasia have taken more lives of the innocent than abortion.
It is important, though, to remember that women who experience what is termed a “crisis pregnancy” sometimes are pressured by family and friends and the easy availability of abortion to procure one. They later regret this decision. We must be conscious of those who are in pain over past decisions. In some cases, the father of the child is equally responsible for the decision and feels much guilt and pain later in life too. The Church has ways to counsel those with post-abortion traumatic disorder. We want to offer God’s healing and reconciliation along with any penance that is due.
As Catholics, we must realize that it is immoral to be pro-choice. How would you feel if I publicly stated that I was personally opposed to the sexual abuse of minors by priests, but I wouldn’t take that choice away from any priest? There would be moral outrage! And rightfully so! A child is always victimized in abortion and the victimization is death. The child can’t sue you; the mass media won’t castigate you and your enablers the politicians, political parties and judicial systems. You won’t be thrown into prison for this crime, but it is a heinous moral offense before God and humanity.
Our pro-life efforts also extend to those who are born and not so innocent. We want to help alleviate the plight of the poor, injustices against people and comfort the aging and the dying. The Church is not opposed to natural death at the end of life or withdrawing extraordinary means to keep someone who is dying alive a bit longer. The Church is opposed to active euthanasia and withdrawing the ordinary means to keep someone alive like food and hydration.
And finally, the Church is becoming more aware that the death penalty is no longer needed to protect society from criminals. Although the Church is not opposed to the death penalty in every case for the protection of society, there is a movement to find alternative ways to punish the guilty and keep society safe apart from killing the convicted guilty. The Church, however, does not place this theological belief on the same level as protecting the innocent unborn.
I hope you are pro-life and actively encourage those who are pro-choice and even pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, pro-death penalty to reconsider their positions. Stand up for Christ and Christ’s teachings revealed to us through the Church. Be pro-life in all ways. God bless you.