Category Archives: Pro-Life

Assisted suicide, the Christian meaning of defeat

O Canada! Assisted suicide, the Christian meaning of defeat, and King Alfred the Great
By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Feb 10, 2015

Last week’s news that the Canadian Supreme Court had struck down Canada’s law against assisted suicide is an object lesson. The justices have become the latest poster children for what is wrong with the world. I wish to consider just two of these serious wrongs, and to identify one inevitable consequence. Finally, with help from King Alfred the Great, I will suggest that there is only one way forward.

Democracy Is Dead
When a country has a law passed by its representative legislature which prohibits assisted suicide, and a court summarily overturns that law based on nothing but its own interior lights, then democracy has died in that country. Of course, democracy has already died in quite a few countries which used to be quite proud of their democratic heritage. Canada’s large neighbor to the south, the United States, has already provided numerous indicators of the same.

I admit that democracy is hardly essential for a political order to be conducive to the common good. In fact, I doubt that democracy has actually ever been achieved. Has there ever been a society in which everyone was permitted to vote, and in which every vote counted equally? More to the point, different people in different cultures may establish all kinds of arrangements for the conduct of public affairs, of which democracy (including its step child, the republic) is but one. In any case, the common good itself depends upon far more than politics.

Nonetheless, there are many who ought to find the death of democracy troubling, especially if they live in a kind of cultural mind warp. One such “warp” is the loud and constant insistence that our nations are truly democratic societies. To live in this “warp”, we need only to assume that a few justices in a high court represent the will of the demos (the people) better than the people represent themselves.

‘Voting as a Catholic in 2016’

Denver archbishop:
[To which candidate is His Excellency less aversive?]
Catholic World News – October 12, 2016

Noting his “aversion for both candidates,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver called upon Catholics to “reflect on the platforms of both parties, with an emphasis on the human life issues,” as they prepare to vote in the presidential election.

“Catholics in good conscience cannot support candidates who will advance abortion,” he continued. “This is the most important guidance I can give: allow your ongoing personal encounter with Jesus Christ and the Church to guide your political decisions.”
Archbishop Aquila added: We are where we are today because too many Catholics and other people of faith have embraced the ways of the world and not the ways of Christ. They have not served as leaven that transforms society, but rather have condoned evil and the throw-away culture that Pope Francis frequently reminds us to reject.

When we fail to do this, the government will step in to fill the void. Indeed, the government will become “god” and impose its beliefs on the citizens. One only needs to look to the Health and Human Service contraceptive mandate, or the attempt by President Obama to force a transgender agenda onto public schools.

The Greatest Poverty

Mother Teresa said, “the second greatest poverty in the world is the experience of being rejected by society. The greatest poverty is the spiritual emptiness that causes people to discard other human beings as useless objects—abortion”. . . . “if a mother can kill her own child—what is left but for me to kill you and you kill me.”

Let us Pray for an end to the Spiritual Emptiness that has consumed generations of our leadership and return to the faith filled principles of the founders of our country.

Insurers to cover abortions

Obama mandate, HHS: California is permitted to force insurers to cover abortions
June 23, 2016

The US Department of Health and Human Services has determined that California’s decision to force insurers to cover abortions does not violate federal legislation designed to protect conscience rights.

The Weldon amendment, which protects the rights of health-care officials to avoid involvement in abortion, applies “only to health care entities and not to individuals who are patients of, or institutions or individuals that are insured by, such entities,” stated the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Catholic colleges in California had invoked the Weldon Amendment to justify excluding abortion coverage from their employees’ health-care plans. That policy was challenged by faculty members at two Catholic universities: Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara University. The universitie agreed to add abortion coverage, but the Catholic bishops of California joined several groups in challenging the California law. Under the new HHS ruling, all religious institutions would appear to be legally required to offer abortion coverage.

“It is shocking that HHS has allowed the State of California to force all employers – even churches – to fund and facilitate elective abortions in their health insurance plans,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. 

“This administrative ruling fails to respect not only the rights to life and religious freedom, but also the will of Congress and the rule of law,” they added. “As a remedy to the Administration’s unwillingness to fulfill its responsibilities, we urge Congress to pass the Conscience Protection Act and stop further discrimination against people of faith and against all who respect unborn human life.”

References:
• In ‘shocking’ move, California churches forced to cover abortions (Catholic World Report)
• Obama Administration Forces California Churches to Pay for Abortions (LifeNews.com)
• Obama’s health advisors reject ‘right of conscience’ challenge to California’s required abortion

coverage (Los Angeles Times)
• HHS Rules That California Did Not Violate Weldon Amendment (Religion Clause)
• USCCB Committee Chairmen Say Federal Agency Fails to Protect Churches from California Elective Abortion Mandate (USCCB)

A people who live in the shadow of death

Let us pray each day.
All-powerful and ever-living God, shine with the light of your radiance on a people who live in the shadow of death. Address urban decay–support families and communities suffering from mental illness, broken families and a desire for infamy. Strengthen them by the reinforcement of christian values to create a better public policy.
Let us pray for new and good leadership in our government.

LThe reading for this week
“As generous distributors of God’s manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure he has received. The one who speaks is to deliver God’s message. The one who serves is to do it with the strength provided by God. Thus, in all of you God is to be glorified through Jesus Christ.” READING 1 Peter 4:8-11a
Let us pray for new leadership in our government.

Note: The guideline for these words are from the “Liturgy of the Hours,” said by all Secular Franciscans each day.