Yes, this is one of the persons and these are the kids that, “Bernardin was convinced that, if the pro-life agenda was to move forward successfully, the other threats to the supreme value of life had to be linked in solid and informed fashion to the central task of opposing abortion. A believing Catholic, in Bernardin’s judgment, must promote life organically, preserving and enhancing threats to its sacred character. Otherwise, the pro-life movement might seem distorted and could come under the control of the extreme right wing of anti-abortionist activists. That would cripple its political appeal in the struggle for a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade. In addition, the task of raising the consciousness of the country about the values of life depend on an intelligent broadening and deepening of the basic philosophical and theological foundations of the pro-life position.” (The belief and thoughts of Cardinal Bernardin in the favorable biography by the same name written by his friend of 30 years, Eugene Kennedy).
Thus, “prolife” became “pro” hyphen “life” and Catholics, starting with the bishops, began learning that life is a “seamless garment” and began teaching - to REALLY be “prolife” we must respect every aspect of it “organically.” So, “social justice” issues were now “pro-life.” With this, most Catholic consciences were soothed in the comfort of knowing they could retain their wonderful life-long “feeling” and self-identity of being Democrats because Democrats “cared for the little people.” And with this change in the definition of “prolife,” Bernardin handed the pro-abortion supporters their biggest victory since Roe v Wade – over half of the church-going Catholics resulting in Catholic politicians becoming bolder in their support of abortion as witnessed in the Senate hearings of Republican nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court starting with Judge Bork, and culminating with 55% of Catholics voting for the first Black president of the U.S. who is also just happens to be the first ever pro-abortion, pro-infanticide president.
Yep - Bernardin and the U.S. bishops’ decision, to go along with him, on changing the definition of “prolife” some 27 years ago, certainly kept the prolife movement from falling completely “under the control of the extreme right wing of the anti-abortionist activists” like Joe Schnieder. But did “saving it” from such “extremist” bring a HLA closer to reality? When was the last time you even heard HLA mentioned in church? I bet some of you don’t even know what it means. Yes, more people say they are “pro-life” today, but Catholics registered in the pro-abortion party and voting for their parties’ candidates like Barak Obama, think they are “pro-life.”
51,000,000+ babies murdered and still counting, with no end in sight. Don’t you think it’s about time the Church rethink what they did back there under Cardinal Bernardin’s leadership and admit that it was a mistake? I knew it back then, when he and the bishops redefined “prolife,” that it was a mistake. Time has proven me right, and Cardinal Bernardin and the entire Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrong. I wish it was the other way around; I would love to be able to say I was wrong and the bishops were right. Think they’d ever be able to say that?