All the news I wish to print

There are all kinds of stories out there. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry. Some will make you shrug, some will make you scream. Read any daily paper or listen to any newscast and your emotions can go from happy to sad to disbelief to fear to incredulity to horror to anger in very short order.
As we go along, there will be stories, as Paul Harvey used to say, to "wash your ears out with." There will be others that will make you feel like you need to be deloused simply by virtue of have in heard or read them. Some posts will be religious, some secular and for some I expect will defy easy classification in either category. I hope you will join me in this journey and pleas feel free to comment along the way.
For my part I pledge not to remove any posts unless they are vulgar, libelous, threatening or otherwise in violation of the standards of civil discussion. I will not remove any post simply because I disagree with it but I will reserve the right to respond to any challenges that come my way.
God bless you and welome to my blog.

Monday, January 9, 2012

A response to a pro-choicer

I was reading an article on the National Catholic Reporter tonight-an activity not recommended for the faint of heart nor the weak of stomach-concerning a supposed disconnect between the bishops teachings on faith and morals and the the beliefs and practices of the faithful. It was the typical drivel we come to expect from progressive theologians, using statistics concerning disaffected and dissenting Catholics to de-legitimize the moral teaching authority of the Church. It always amazes me that for all their education, with all their degrees and the alphabet soup of letters after their names they cannot grasp the simple concept that good and evil are not determined by public opinion. When something is evil it will always be evil no matter how many try to ignore it and pretend that it is not.
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.

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