As difficult as the article itself was to read without retching, the comments section was even worse. As always, whenever the subject of the moral teaching of the Church is challenged, someone trots out tired and insipid arguments in favor of abortion. Some posts on the subject were more long winded than others but they essentially tried to make the same point as the poster whose questions I responded to. I responded on NCR.com but it is still awaiting review and approval, which I have my doubts it will receive, so I am posting the response below. I invite any comments you might have.
"What is worse, having an abortion, or what [I assume the poster meant 'watching' in the sense of causing] a child die of starvation?"
They are both intrinsic evils and both to be equally condemned.
"So many children are dying like this and the bishops are only worried about abortion?"
I would ask the same question if it had any basis in fact. Have you never heard of Catholic Charities, St Vincent dePaul, Little Sisters of the Poor, The Knights of Columbus or any of the dozens of Catholic organizations who work diligently every day of the year in many different areas to alleviate the suffering of the poor everywhere. Perhaps the perceived difference in emphasis is because in the war on poverty and the fight against hunger the Church and the governments of most civilized countries are on the same side. Genocide, when it occurs, receives near universal condemnation by the international community.
However, that other intrinsic evil, abortion, is promoted and often even financed by otherwise civilized governments. Millions of lives ended in the sterile confines of abortion mills have acquired a degree of acceptance because to those who have never seen the actual destruction that takes place. We have, on a global scale, become like those who lived in close proximity to extermination camps in World War II, the difference being we don't even have
to curl our noses at the acrid smoke arising from the crematoria while convincing ourselves that what our brains told us, what our nostrils interpreted for us just could not be true.
At the end of the war many of those villages were forced to walk through those camps, they were forced to recognize what they so long refused to admit, that what was happening there was happening to living breathing human beings. Sooner or later that realization will catch up to our society concerning this modern, antiseptic version of the Holocaust, where the screams are silent and the brutality, pain and devastation are well hidden but no less real. I just pray that we reach that epiphany before, like those self deluded villagers, that reality is forced upon us.