San Diego News Notes
San Diego's Lay Catholic Newspaper
SOME PARISHIONERS WALKED OUT during a homily given by Father Walter J. Quinn,
O.S.A, of New York City-based Priests for Life at Sacred Heart Parish in
Coronado the weekend of November 14-16. In his hard-hitting homily, Father Quinn
chided apathetic Catholic laity, particularly Catholic politicians, for voting
their finances instead of their faith. The following are excerpts from the
homily Father Quinn gave at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, for which he received a hearty
"...There is nothing in our society that destroys more lives than abortion:
not crime, sickness, disease, natural disasters, not even war. There are more
lives taken in this country by abortion in one single year than all the wars
that the United States ever fought, from George Washington right up to the
present. The figures don't even come close."
"...There are two generations of Americans who have grown up, especially if
they went to public schools, hearing that abortion is somehow some kind of a
right, and everybody else has to pay for it with their tax dollars. Most
Americans seem to be unaware, and might be quite shocked to learn, that there
are 4,400 abortions in this country every 24-hour period. That's more than [died
in] the World Trade Center every single day.
"...The great tragedy of the last and the current century is the deliberate
and brutal destruction of countless human lives, sanctified by government and
bought into by all levels of society including the United Nations."
"...Economics, education, war, capital punishment, jobs, whatever, none of
these other life issues is equal to, superior to, can be equated with, or used
as an excuse not to support the very right to life."
"...Women do not get an abortion because of freedom of choice. No. They get
them because they feel they have no freedom and no choice. They feel trapped,
desperate, and afraid because they have no one to turn to except the
"...Legal abortion facilities in this country of ours are the most
unregulated surgical facilities in the entire nation. Unregulated. Animal
hospitals, veterinary clinics, are cleaner and safer, held to higher standards
and subject to stricter legal controls than are the facilities where 4,400 human
babies are destroyed every single day."
"...At the March for Life in Washington in January, I usually stand at the
corner of Seventh and Constitution, because when you're in the parade, you don't
see it. From curb to curb, there are 25 or 30 people abreast. Every four rows is
100, every 10 units is 1000. And yet we get phone calls and e-mails from
all over the country in which people tell us that they didn't read or hear about
it in their local press. That's called suppression of truth."
"...Human life is being destroyed on a massive scale, and all the levels of
society are looking the other way, just like they did in Nazi Germany in the
"...Don't be bullied by slogans that sound very, very nice such as
pro-choice. It sounds very fair, very feeling, very American. But some choices
have victims. The child of abortion is the obvious victim, destroyed by the
"...Those who continue to support and to vote for candidates, persons and
programs [that support abortion] are simply making possible the deaths of
millions of innocent human lives."
"...It's long overdue that all those anti-life and so-called pro-choice
Catholics begin to suffer a guilty conscience, because someday they will meet
God, and then they will know the meaning of God's will and God's grace."