|by Fr. Joe Landi, Editor of the San Francisco Charismatics|
|About Fr. Joe Landi: Out of the World and Into the Kingdom--His journey to priesthood by Rissa Singson.|
Dear Diary... In a conversation about abortion, one of the participants, a well-educated, regular church-attending Catholic, said he was pro-choice, remarked, "We should have a national election--just the women, and let them decide." "
| Wow," I thought, "Americans in
their pop-culture trance, who too often have an eclipse of moral conscience, are going to
decide on moral law?" Moral law is not up for popular vote, yet. Moral
law for an adult church-attending Catholic should have been learned from the pulpit. The
Church's teaching about abortion is that it is a crime against humanity, an unspeakable
crime. However, given the timidity of some priests to speak on any subject that might
upset the collection, I can understand why too many Catholics are pro-choicethey
havent heard the Word or didnt understand it.
The protection of life is not a mater of personal or group choice but lies in the objective moral law which may not necessarily be what the majority considers moral or actually practices. There you have it.
As for as letting the women, any minority, or any majority decide who should live or die, or what is right or wrong--no thanks! I trust God to do that. Most of us already know his decision because God made it possible for us to know instinctively the difference between right and wrong. Abortion is wrong. Unfortunately, as Paul explained in Romans 2, 18-32, too many of us misread the evidence planted in our hearts and became vain in our reasoning and "while claiming to be wise, became fools." (Rom 1, 22.)
While there have been volumes written about the Church's teaching on abortion, not enough is spoken from the pulpit. The Pope, however, has been an outspoken critic and teacher about abortion. Unlike some papal teachings meant primarily for Catholics, Pope John Paul II wrote the encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, the Gospel of Life, for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. It was addressed to the whole world--to everyone who is sincerely open to truth and goodness. He urges us to hold "sacred the value of human life from its very beginning until its end." For Catholics, it is a wake up call. Participation in Church life cannot be reconciled with in any way promoting or condoning abortion. Moreover, the Pope says, "Abortion is a crime that no human law can claim to legitimize."
There is urgency in Pope John Paul II's teaching
in Evangelium Vitae because the threat to the sanctity of human life is not only in the
First World Countries where abortion is a method of after sex birth control. That threat
is also in poor nations who are attempting to control their rapidly increasing populations
by taking away the individual's inalienable rights with anti-birth programs, sterilization
Fr. Joe Landi
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