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BY The Editors
Thank you to Kimberly Jansen for the
travel story about “‘The Pink Sisters’” (Jan. 4) in Lincoln, Neb. I spent much
of nine years in Lincoln in college and working and was introduced to the
cloister’s adoration chapel through a University of Nebraska Newman Center
apostolate that took students weekly to spend time in prayer. I have to say
that some of my best time was spent in that chapel for visits, Holy Hours and
Mass. When passing through Lincoln on travel, I try to stop for a visit with my
The story brought great memories and
reminds me that prayer is our greatest tool for life. I’m anxious to get to
Lincoln again to make a visit!
Obama’s ‘Legacy’ Begins
“Look to Your Legacy” (Feb. 1), you
challenge President Obama. Hardly had the echoes of President Obama’s inaugural
address faded on the National Mall before he was in the Oval Office giving his
stamp of approval for the “culture of death.” In rapid succession, Mr. Obama
removed the ban on giving federal dollars to international groups that perform
abortions, allowed the Food and Drug Administration to approve a private firm
to conduct the first human clinical trials using embryonic stem cells, and just
days later, reaffirmed his support for abortion rights on the day after the
36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
One has to wonder, with our economy
in shambles, a terrorist attack always a threat, and the continuing feud
between Israel and its Arab neighbors, why the president puts the destruction
of innocent human life at the top of his agenda. I should not be surprised,
because as a candidate, Obama stated that if his daughters were to make a
mistake, he did not want them “punished with a baby.” Mr. Obama’s views on
innocent human life are no different from other pro-abortion supporters; life
can continue — but only under strict guidelines.
Convenience and economics top the
restrictions, closely followed by physical maladies that would hinder the
lifestyle of prospective parents.
The innocent human life is viewed
with disdain if it falls outside of these parameters, only to be discarded or
used as a laboratory specimen in the search for “alleged” cures by embryonic
Not to be outdone by other
pro-abortion advocates, Mr. Obama wants to eliminate the right of each state to
place constitutional restrictions on the sin of abortion with the passage of
the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).
This attack on states’ rights would
virtually eliminate all restrictions, from partial-birth abortion to parental
notification, that any state’s citizens might have passed.
It is ironic that on the day
President Obama so eloquently called for an end to oppression, a new hope for
all those in need, and “the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free
and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness,” the most
vulnerable among us would be the first to be eliminated.
You mentioned how CatholicVote.org’s
pro-life commercial features Obama (“Obama vs. Life,” Feb. 1). But his
statements continue to omit the subject of life. According to President Obama,
“The time has come to reaffirm … the God-given
promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to
pursue their full measure of happiness.” This sounds like the famous phrase
“all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Perhaps it is no mistake that President Obama omitted “life” in his reiteration
of this phrase.
Clearly his definition of “all” does
not include the annual loss of more than 1 million people in the U.S. who will
be burned with acid, poisoned or ripped to pieces from an abortion procedure.
Who can argue with any credence that the child in the womb is not alive? They
are not only alive; they are fully human with the genetic information required
to fully identify them as separate and unique individuals.
Later in his inaugural speech,
President Obama said, “… for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing
terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is
stronger … ” President Obama, perhaps you should take a good long look in the
Abortion and Slavery
Now that the historic inauguration
of our 44th president is over, we can put down the Kleenex and rejoice that the
sin of racism is over for our nation. Or can we? You should keep an eye on
Obama’s administration because of his policies (“The New President,” Feb. 1).
When half of all American blacks end
their pregnancies by abortion, according to Anne Hendershott’s The
Politics of Abortion, the sin of slavery in America is alive and
well. What saddens me the most is that our first black president is a strong
supporter of abortion, and thus, slavery. You would expect the opposite from
him and all black Americans.
What makes abortion the ultimate
form of slavery is that it denigrates the child in the womb by only recognizing
him or her as a piece of property that can be destroyed at will by its owner.
In our past, slaves were bought and sold in our nation as property, but at
least they were afforded the legal protection of not being killed at the whim
of their master/owner.
Like Martin Luther King Jr., I too
have a dream. I dream of a day in our nation when every child is recognized and
welcomed as a child of God. I have a dream of a great American president
leading the just cause of ending slavery and oppression in our great nation for
all our citizens, born and unborn. I dream of the day when abortion is ended
and we are truly free.
Keep the Kleenex handy: Our 44th
president isn’t a part of that dream!
Edward D. Lofton
Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church
Never Lose Hope
You note that pro-lifers must do
“Damage Control in Obama’s D.C.” (Jan. 25). The election of the most
pro-abortion chief executive in history marks an end of Christian culture in
the United States. You now join Catholics living in Canada, France, Italy,
Germany, Mexico and elsewhere as being strangers in your own land.
But never lose hope. Our Lord
started out his human existence as a refugee and endured death at the hands of
religious persecutors. The Republic might fail, but Christ’s Kingdom never will.
Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Abortion, By the Numbers
The Guttmacher Institute, Planned
Parenthood’s research affiliate, helped promote President Obama’s eventual
election when, in January 2008, it released a report alleging that the United
States abortion rate had fallen from 1.31 million per year in 2000 to 1.21
million in 2005. This cheery report was picked up and spread in pro-life
circles, including by the bishops’ Office of Pro-Life Activities. It
resulted in the abortion issue becoming less of an impediment for Obama
among pro-life Catholics and, at the end of the day, he even got a majority of
the Catholic vote, as mentioned in “Catholic Pro-Life Politics” (Jan. 18).
Unfortunately, the report was a
fraud, and pro-lifers should have known better than to accept it so
readily. Guttmacher does not agree that life begins at conception, and,
therefore, early abortions caused by “contraceptives” are not counted as such
by them. The surgical abortion rate has indeed fallen a bit, but this has been
more than made up for by the increased availability and popularity of
medications and devices which, although called “contraceptives,” can and
do act as abortifacients.
Pharmacists for Life has studied
this issue and estimates that for every American child born, two babies
are killed in the womb by either surgical abortions or abortifacient
Thus, as about 4 million babies were
born in 2005, this would mean that an estimated 8 million would have
been aborted that year, rather than the 1.21 million claimed by
In his homily at his inauguration
Mass nearly four years ago, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Each of us is the result
of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is
necessary.” Pro-lifers need to take that teaching to heart by giving as much
recognition to those human beings killed stealthily shortly after conception as
we might to an infant murdered in a late-term partial-birth abortion.
Unfortunately, we are now in the absurd position where we depend on an
organization which does not count early abortions as such for data
critical to our pro-life mission. A genuinely pro-life replacement
organization needs to be found as soon as possible.
Music for Today
Not meaning to diminish the work
done on The St. Michael Hymnal, which is very
commendable, there were places in “‘Music Clothes the Text in Beauty’” (Jan.
18) that caused me some concern. In one of those, Linda Shafer’s comments on
the phrase “pride of place” might lead one to conclude that we should only be
singing chant at Mass and that all other forms of music, folk styles in
particular, are somehow contrary to what the documents suggest and perhaps not
in obedience to them.
The music guidelines from Vatican II
and after are very general, and purposely so. As clearly stated in the Roman
documents, it is up to the bishops to provide more specific guidelines for
their particular dioceses. The most recent bishops’ document we in the United
States have been given is called “Sing to the Lord” (2007). It is a wonderful
document balancing traditional Church music with the realities inherent in a
Director, St. Gertrude Church