WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY

“We have met the enemy and he is us,” a famous quote from Walt Kelly’s comic strip, Pogo.  It seems the pro-life movement has been betrayed by so-called Judeo- Christian sects who rather than uphold the rights of the unborn promote the abortion agenda.

For example on September 13, 2016, the headline of an article written by Micaiah Bilger reads as follows:

“Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian and Presbyterian Clergy Participate in Rally for Abortion”

While many Judeo-Christian leaders should speak out against abortion, there are a number who actually advocate for abortion.  This group of pro-abortion clergy held a rally at the State Capitol in Kentucky in conjunction with other similar rallies nation-wide.   This article goes on to say that “two pro-abortion Reverends, Dr. Alethea Smith-Withers and Harry Knox wrote a column for the Washington Post arguing that people of faith should not oppose abortion.”

Another article, written by the same Micaiah Bilger on September 13 used the following headline:

“Catholics for Choice Launches Ad Campaign Saying Women Abort Their Babies in Good Faith”

This group, Catholics for Choice, is attempting to have voters support pro-abortion candidates in the upcoming election.  They employ the ruse of claiming abortion is a Catholic social justice issue.  They have placed a number of strategic ads in the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers with the large heading of ‘Abortion in Good Faith’ and by stating, “Public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value.” This contradicts the teachings of the Catholic Church, but by using this subterfuge the Catholic laity may become fooled into accepting their agenda.

Most recently however, Catholic bishops in NJ have condemned the Catholic for Choice movement publicly and have placed newspaper ads of their own to counter the Catholics for Choice strategy.  The Church has always held that abortion is one of the gravest moral offenses because it involves the direct killing of an innocent human being.

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Catholic bishops responded to the misleading ads with the following statement: “It is not clear why Catholics for Choice chose a handful of individuals identifying themselves as Catholics as ambassadors for the false premise that refusal to pay for someone’s abortion is an assault on anyone’s God-given dignity. The only assault on dignity in this discussion is the abortion, which ends one life irrevocably and diminishes countless other lives.”

All this is well and good for the pro-life movement and these bishops should be applauded for their recent reaction to this Catholics for Choice group.  The ads by the bishops proclaim, “You cannot be Catholic and Pro-Abortion. The only ‘choice’ for Catholics is life.”

However, there remains a serious problem since the majority of Catholics in several of the past presidential elections have voted in the majority for the party that is pro-abortion and in the last election for the candidate who is also in favor of same sex marriages and who would tend to curtail religious liberty.

By and large the bishops and their assistants, that is the priests in their parishes have done an inadequate job in past number of presidential election cycles by not making it clear to the laity that they should seriously consider voting for candidates who are pro-life, pro traditional marriage and who would protect religious freedom as opposed to a candidate who is pro-abortion, pro same sex marriage and would tend to restrict religious freedom.  In fact, if the Catholic clergy was effective in promoting the cause of life in this regard, then the vast majority of the Catholic vote would have gone to the pro-life candidates.

Let us pray that for this crucial election the Catholic clergy would proclaim this pro-life teaching of the Catholic faith to their members.