“They cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall” (Proverbs 4:16).
Reflection: Hundreds of taped phone conversations show abortion clinics throughout the nation deliberately failing to report the sexual abuse of minors. This is a flagrant violation of ethics and law. It also reveals what happens when we lose sight of the sanctity of life. Our concern for other aspects of the moral law is likewise weakened. One can’t practice vice virtuously.
Prayer: Lord, protect all those who may become victims of the malice and negligence of the abortion industry – not only the unborn babies, but their vulnerable young mothers as well. Amen.
Often those who defend abortion, knowing that they do not have any valid arguments, resort to blanket criticism of priests for abusing children. What these abortion supporters don’t seem to realize is that by supporting the killing of children, they weaken their argument against the abuse of children. After all, it’s the same victim. The Church, and so many people of good will, oppose both the abuse and killing of children – and of anyone else as well. The argument of pro-life people is one of consistency and inclusion. The tragedy of Roe v Wade is summarized in its line that “the word person does not include the unborn.” Let’s oppose the killing of every and any innocent human life, and call on our opponents to stop being selective in their opposition to evil.
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In 1991, there were over 2,100 abortion mills in the United States. Today, there are 710. In other words, in that time, two-thirds of the killing centers have closed and have not re-opened.
The abortion industry knows that it is losing ground. A key reason for the closing of these mills has been that although the killing they do is permitted by the law, many other things they do are not – things like malpractice, fraud, sexual abuse, tax evasion, and a whole litany of other crimes. In fact, we at Priests for Life have never encountered an abortion mill that follows the law in every respect. Every abortion mill can be closed down just by applying the laws already on the books. Let’s get to work!
The attacks against the Catholic Church and the Holy Father, against bishops and priests regarding the sexual abuse scandals hold an important lesson, beyond the obvious need to protect children, prevent abuse, and heal the wounded. It’s a lesson even beyond recognizing that some use these sad instances in a less than sincere way to attack a Church they already despise, no matter what it does.
The lesson of which I speak is that believers and unbelievers alike expect the Church to protect children and to respect human life, and that if representatives of the Church fail to do so, the state should step in.
That’s interesting, because when the same Church calls the same state to protect children who are in the womb, some of the same people complain that the Church is out of line.