Abortion (Cue Beethoven’s 5th)

Now that the appropriate mood is set….

I used to be pro-choice. (GASP!) As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t come from a highly-Catholic family, so my parents are kind of liberal. And so I was liberal for a long time.

But, as I explored the Catholic Church’s teachings and read up on abortion, I saw the light.

I believe there are two primary disconnects that cause such an acceptance of abortion.

1) It’s seen as human progress. You know, freeing the slaves, civil rights movement, abortion. SAY WHAT? Well, that’s how it’s taught in AP Gov. Those things are all taught as a part of civil rights and liberties. Doesn’t really sound like civil rights for the babies involved. 

2) People don’t actually know what happens in an abortion. When I read about it, I actually cried. It’s infuriating. In one method, the baby is killed by an injection of saline that burns him/her. In another method, the child is pretty much dismembered and taken out piece by piece. Gruesomely, his/her brains are literally sucked out of the head. For more on the procedures, see here. Even worse, it is likely that the baby can feel the pain. No one knows exactly how early on the baby can feel the pain, but apparently there have been studies that show the baby wriggling away from instruments. 

Why is Abortion Wrong?

I don’t care if you’re a Catholic, atheist, or anything in between. Your human reason and religious beliefs (if applicable) shouldn’t make this too hard to figure out. 

From a purely philosophical standpoint:

You are a functioning human being reading this blog post right now. Before that, you were a kid, before that you were a baby, before that you were in your mother’s womb, before that you were conceived. Based on the example of YOU, embryos are people. Destroying you as an embryo would have destroyed you as you know yourself today, a conventional human being. Killing an embryo kills a person. 

From a religious standpoint:

“Thou shalt not kill.” ‘Nuff said.

Also, as Catholics we believe that God has a plan for every person. These plans intertwine with the plans for others to form our beautiful lives. So, we’re at liberty to just remove a piece of the puzzle of humanity? (Clearly, God can adjust because He’s GOD, but seriously, who do we think we are?)

5 Things You Perhaps Had Never Considered Regarding Abortion

  1. Mary didn’t ask for an abortion. And Jesus was pretty much an unplanned pregnancy. Mary recognized that God’s will had to be done. After the angel Gabriel told her about her imminent pregnancy, she replied, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
  2. Planned Parenthood, which commits most abortion-murders, is in it to make money. Of course they’re going to encourage abortion and act like it’s normal. They’re going to claim they are trying to HELP women (even though they hurt baby women). Cha-ching. Don’t fall for that.
  3. The early Church fathers condemned abortion. The “Didache,” aka “The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles” dates back to the late first or early second century. This work was pretty much a catechism, which you can read in its entirety here. In chapter 2, it reads: “You shall not murder a child by an abortion nor kill that which is begotten.”
  4. The pro-life world is bigger than the news makes it out to be. Remember, most new sources are liberal. There is an annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.,where pro-lifers from around the country gather in a rally against abortion. 650,000 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_for_Life_(Washington,_D.C.) people attended this year. How does that not make the news!!!???
  5. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was into eugenics. Eugenics is basically what Hitler was all about— the idea that certain groups of people, based on their physical features, are inferior to others. She was racist too, believing that those with light skin were superior to those with dark skin. She even spoke at Ku Klux Klan rallies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Sanger). And her organization sure has done a good job of killing black babies– it’s terrible. According to http://www.blackgenocide.org/black.html, black women are 5 times more likely to get an abortion than white women are. 

Bottom line: Abortion = bad

Loving God means loving what He creates. 

 

Being Openly Catholic in a Secular Society

The Holy Spirit came into the disciples at Pentecost, inspiring them to spread the Good News. Why aren’t we doing more of that? Out of fear of not being “politically correct”?
Picture from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paullew/3580235485/

Living in America, we are blessed with freedom of religion. This is fantastic, but it means something very different now than it did in the time of the Founding Fathers.

In the 18th century, it meant that religion was protected from the state. Now it means that the state is protected from religion!

There is an intense secularization going on in the U.S. (and probably elsewhere). It’s almost a forceful secularization. All of these pressures force us to be “politically correct” and to drop our religion the second we walk out of church. No one wants to talk religion. It’s ironic…we refuse to talk about the most important thing there is, the thing that everything else hinges on.

I’m guilty of it too, that is, of feeling weird talking about religion in secular places (school, neighborhood, etc.). I’ve grown up my whole life thinking it was taboo. My parents said not to discuss religion or politics with anyone. I’ve been conditioned by society. But lately I’ve been thinking, “Why not?”

So, if it’s appropriate in the context of a particular conversation, I mention that I am Catholic. I’m usually bluntly honest about who I am in all regards, so why not mention my religion, which defines me more than anything else? Also, I figure that I can’t properly witness the faith unless people know I’m Catholic. Letting people know you’re Catholic is a potentially powerful evangelization tool.

Usually people just smile and nod. They, too, are conditioned by society to avoid religious discussion. It’s a pity. Sometimes, though, people ask me about it. (I like that.) So I answer as best I can and try to spread the Good News.

Don’t feel bad about talking religion. Don’t let secular society get you down.

 

“Those who with God’s help have welcomed Christ’s call and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world” (CCC,#3).

“Mission is a duty about which one must say ‘Woe to me if I do not evangelize’ (1 Corinthians 9:16)…redemption and mission are acts of love [because] those who proclaim the Gospel participate in the charity of Christ” (Pope Benedict, 2008).

“The Church is missionary by nature and her principal task is evangelization, which aims to proclaim and to witness to Christ and to promote his Gospel of peace and love in every environment and culture” (Pope Benedict, 2006).

“Before His ascension, Jesus said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always, yes even to the end of time'”(Matthew 28:17-20).