Former President Ronald Reagan famously said that America is the shining light on the hill, referring to American exceptionalism. Those of us who have been given much, much is expected. Simply stated, if you’re lucky to have been successful in life, you have a responsibility to help the less fortunate. When it comes to promoting the dignity of life and speaking out on the evil of abortion, the church has been a complete and utter failure. Some examples: There are about 1.5 million abortions performed in the United States each year. World-wide one abortion takes place every second. What is the church doing about it? Well, not much. As a Catholic and regular church attendee, I don’t remember one anti-abortion homily being given in my church – ever. I’ve heard some tepid mention of abortion, but in such mild form as to conclude that the speaker did not want to alienate those who are “pro-choice.”
In defense of the church, I have to admit, that we are the church, and as such those of us who are moral people need to lead the church. However, I see no one in a position of responsibility in any church make the dignity of life a focus. On the other hand, I see helping the poor as a big focus in many Catholic Churches. I’m all for helping the poor and my family does more than most. Let me ask a simple question when it comes to poverty: How many people in the United States died last year as a result of poverty? I did a search for deaths due to poverty or hunger in the U.S. but could not find any figures; apparently, the CDC does not even track such statistics. The Catholic Church believes and teaches that life begins at conception, meaning that necessarily the unborn are persons from conception. Yet, 1.5 million unborn children are killed each year in the United States alone and hardly anyone notices. No outrage from the church or the people. As individuals, we are very limited in what we can do, but the church has a big microphone but it never uses it. An example, pro-abortion politicians like Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi are never sanctioned by the church, even though they openly go against church teaching on abortion. The church could make a huge impact by saying that if you’re pro-abortion, or if you vote for pro-abortion legislation, you are automatically ex-communicated. As far as I know, no U.S. politician has ever been ex-communicated for being pro-abortion. A famous priest, Father Robert Drinan, was openly pro-abortion and a U.S. Congressman in the 1980s. In 1980 Pope John Paul II ordered him out of Congress, not for being pro-abortion, but because he ruled that priests should not be in political office.
What are our responsibilities when it comes to promoting the dignity of life? Most people will say that they are helpless. Well it may be true that one individual can do little, but there is at least one important thing each of us, especially Catholics or Christians can do: Never vote for a pro-abortion politician or anyone that votes for a pro-abortion law of any kind. As you well know, when we elected the most pro-abortion president of the United States in our history, Barack Obama, 54% of Catholics voted for him; a complete moral collapse.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church specifically states that abortion is an evil. Anyone who cooperates with this evil is just as guilty as the one who performed the abortion. If you are the get-away driver of a bank robber you are just as guilty as the robber. In a like manner, anyone who votes for pro-abortion politicians or politicians who vote for legislation which promotes abortion or abortion funding is guilty of promoting evil.