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I want to touch on this matter before we get too close to the November madness.
BY BISHOP THOMAS G. DORAN
I want to touch on
this matter before we get too close to the November madness.
As human beings, as citizens of a
“first world country,” as Americans, and as Catholics, most importantly, we
have to take count of the circumstances in which we live. We know that the only
creatures of God that outlast time are those created having intellect and will.
All other things, with the passage of time, break up or break down.
Many of the issues that confront
us are serious, and we know by now that the political parties in our country
are at loggerheads as to how to solve them. We know, for instance, that
adherents of one political party would place us squarely on the road to suicide
as a people.
The seven “sacraments” of their
secular culture are abortion, buggery, contraception, divorce, euthanasia,
feminism of the radical type, and genetic experimentation and mutilation. These
things they unabashedly espouse, profess and promote.
Their continuance in public office
is a clear and present danger to our survival as a nation.
Since the mid-1940s we have been
accustomed to look askance at Germans. They were protagonists of the Second
World War and so responsible for 50 million deaths.
We say, “How awful,” and yet in
our country we have, for the most part, allowed the party of death and the
court system it has produced to eliminate, since 1973, upwards of 40 million of
our fellow citizens without allowing them to see the light of day.
They have done their best to make
ours a true culture of death. No doubt, we shall soon outstrip the Nazis in
doing human beings to death.
I do not think that we should
spend a great deal of time in lamentation over the children whose lives have
been snuffed out by the barbaric practice of therapeutic abortion.
They passed from their lives
quickly in this world and have gone into the hands of the Lord of life and
mercy for all eternity. We must make it clear too, that many who have sought to
have practiced on themselves therapeutic abortion are in many instances driven
to it by persons heedless of their welfare, or by well- meaning but inept
parents or guardians who regard abortion as a solution and not as what it is —
an immense problem.
There are some, I think few,
largely given over to immoral lives who regard abortion as a good, but their
number is not great.
What we have to remember is that
violence breeds violence.
When we tolerate unjust attacks
upon the tiniest innocents among us, we habituate ourselves to violence. And so
we have allowed these barbaric practices to corrupt our laws, our medical
practice and even our ordinary lives. How accustomed we have become to the
immense loss of life in our wars throughout the world!
Those who have killed millions
under their mother’s hearts cannot be expected to balk at a mere few thousand
killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Darfur, Bosnia,
Madrid, London, Baghdad, Beirut, Washington or New York. The violence of
abortion coarsens the lives of all of us.
It is said, “For all who take the
sword will perish by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). So we see the rise in the
number of predations among youth, even among the youngest, the rise of domestic
We speak of road rage as a common
thing. It is true what the theologians have said, that sin darkens the
intellect, and weakens the will. Having sown the wind of abortion we now reap
the whirlwind. This appears in every quarter of our culture and on every day.
And that is just from the first of the “sacraments of death” of our secular
The toleration of sexual
perversions among inverts, widespread contraception, easy access to “no fault”
divorce, the killing of the elderly, radical feminism, embryonic stem-cell
research — all of these things defile and debase our human nature and our human
destiny. Should we cry out with the prophet, “to the
mountains, ‘Cover us,’ and to the hills, ‘Fall on us’” (Hosea 10:8), lest other
peoples see and, God forbid, imitate us?
In one parish, I came across prayers of the faithful with the intention that
“we pray for those who work and demonstrate for the cause of life and the
unborn, the aged and the defected, that they may persevere in spite of the
ridicule they receive sometimes, even from pastors and priests.”
I shudder to think that might be
true. We know from the sad experience of recent years that some Catholics (even
among priests) are so warped and perverted from their Catholic vocation, that
they are capable of enormities. But, they should know that it was no prelate or
bishop or pope that said, “Suffer the little children to come to me and do not
hinder them” (Matthew 19:14). The Invisible Head of the Church will one day
come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire, particularly those
who have either by acts of omission or commission, destroyed innocent human
It is the duty of every Catholic
to support the work of the parish pro-life directors and commissions and to
work for the extirpation from our society of all those who in any way foster or
promote these things.
I wholeheartedly endorse the
activities of our Pro-Life Office in the sure and certain knowledge that divine
justice will not allow those who act against human life to prosper. These
unholy sacraments of our secular culture are the seeds of the destruction of
Think for yourself: what nation
that kills its young, perverts marriage, prevents new life, destroys the
family, kills those deemed useless, makes the war of the sexes into a real war,
and manipulates the genetic basis of human nature, can long endure?
Originally published Aug.11 in
The Observer, the diocesan
newspaper of Rockford,