NEW CATHOLIC MISCELLANY
November 1, 2001
Taking of life before birth is another form of terrorism, says Priests for
By Jordan McMorrough
GREENWOOD - "We need to preach to the choir. All the people that come to
church need to go out and be the leaven of life."
That was the message spoken at all Masses by Augustinian Father Walter Quinn
from Priests for Life at a pro-life weekend at Our Lady of Lourdes Oct. 27-28.
Priests for Life is a national ministry that speaks about the church's
teachings on abortion and euthanasia and works to strengthen pro-life efforts.
At an evening presentation on Oct. 26, Father Quinn said the organization
encourages and motivates priests and laity on a local, state and national level.
Since joining the group in 1999, the cleric has traveled almost every weekend
telling of his involvement in the pro-life movement since the late '60s, long
before the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has
led parish groups to the annual March for Life in Washington and is the founder
of several still-active pro-life groups at the parish level.
"Abortion is the greatest moral problem today; bar none." he said. "Abortion
is the deliberate, willful taking of human life. It is the most basic right to
life issue, and therefore the most important."
"America will not stop abortion until America sees abortion," he said.
"We haven't seen it yet. The principle that allows terrorism is exactly the
same. The taking of life before birth is another form of terrorism."
The Augustinian priest recited some statistics to illustrate the enormity of
this crusade. In the United States, he said, there is one abortion performed
every 20 seconds. That amounts to 4,400 abortions every day or 1.3 million a
"We are tinkering with our identity as a free nation. The noble experiment of
our founding fathers has become an experiment on the people instead of by and
for the people," he said.
In addition to abortion, assisted suicide is also a well-funded anti-life
effort around the country, said Father Quinn. "The house is on fire, and many do
not smell the smoke. They are still asleep, oblivious. Just like the people
below the deck of the Titanic."
However, he again emphasized that, "Abortion is the American holocaust. We're
walking the same path as the Nazi Holocaust."
The priest said the Nazis regarded themselves as visionaries and agents of
progress, while today some people say killing the unborn will help population
growth and reduce childhood birth defects.
Father Quinn noted, "We're accelerating the inevitable. The 'slippery slope'
is enlarging the circle. Once barriers are eroded, abortion expands."
He quoted Pope John Paul II, who has said that all must be aware to restore
the culture of life.
"Unfortunately," said the Priests for Life representative, "there is too much
apathy and complacency in the land. We need to overcome lethargy in this country
and unite and get involved. It is in our best interest to defend the lives of
everyone. The question is not when human life begins, but what is the value of
He told listeners that in 1809 Thomas Jefferson wrote that the care of human
life, and not its destruction, is the first and only tenet of good government.
"Therefore, pro-abortionists reject the principles of the Declaration of
Independence. We really should charge them with that," stressed Father Quinn.
He claimed that the abortion industry operates on lies, and he urged
parishioners not to stand aside while another human being is killed. "We all
need to unite and speak out with one resolve for life. Freedom carries the
ability to choose between two roads. We must find the road that leads to human
life. We need to work to bring about a transformation in this land."
The speaker then showed a video on life in the womb, which followed
the development of a fetus from four through 12 weeks.
"People can deny what they hear, but not what they see with their own eyes,"
he said. "I truly believe if most people saw this [video], we'd be on third base
heading to home."