Brothers and Sisters,
“It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about….Tragically, in every period of history there are “Herods” who plot death, wreak havoc, and mar the countenance of men and women.”
So spoke Pope Francis at the Mass for his installation on March 19.
He spoke of the protection of children, and obviously, therefore, he spoke of the only appropriate response to children in the womb: protect them, especially them…protect them because they are the weakest, protect them because they “are often the last we think about.”
Isn’t that the truth?
“The last we think about.”
How many cry out against violence, but support the legality of abortion? How many call for equal rights, but forget to include the unborn?
Then, he speaks of the “Herods who plot death.” Among these, of course, are the abortionists. They train for death, they develop the techniques of death, they sell death.
While the Pope is reminding the world of this, and while he is speaking about these Herods, one of them is on trial in Philadelphia.
In early 2011, Philadelphia prosecutors arrested abortionist Kermit Gosnell, his third wife, Pearl, and eight of his other employees. As the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, “Most of them have pleaded guilty and are expected to testify.”
Guilty, that is, to murder, to the killing of live babies outside the womb by snipping their spines with scissors, and of a mother who had undergone an abortion.
The Grand Jury issued a stunning and horrifying report not only about this, but about the filthy and dangerous conditions of Gosnell’s abortion mill, and about the irresponsible failure of the state to act sooner.
The Grand Jury found that Gosnell operated a “criminal enterprise” that involved “routinely and deliberately” killing babies born alive.
Out of 9 workers charged, 8 plead guilty.
Again, to quote Pope Francis, “Tragically, in every period of history there are “Herods” who plot death, wreak havoc, and mar the countenance of men and women.”
Lord, have mercy, and let your mercy manifest itself in our loud voices and effective actions for life and justice.