Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Spirit and Life: By Way of the Family
"To you, upright men and women, who for any reason whatever, give thought to the fate of the family. The future of humanity passes by way of the family. It is therefore indispensable and urgent that every person of good will should endeavor to save and foster the values and requirements of the family." - Pope John Paul II, FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO #86
You can imagine just how dismayed I was to read Monday'sRelatio, the mid-term report issued by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. Instead of receiving strong, clear and unambiguous language highlighting the Church's teaching in support of the family and its centrality within a healthy vibrant society, we received soft, ambiguous and misleading language which only confuses the faithful, as well as those outside the Church, trivializing the proper role and duty of the family in the modern age.
What is urgently needed is the Church's heroic witness, proclaiming with courage the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is in charity that Saint Pope John Paul II calls us, "upright men and women," to transform hearts and minds to the Gospel of Life, rejecting the secular ideals of the day which lead to sin, suffering and lost salvation.
The impression given in this unauthoritativemid-term report is that those who are faithful to Church teaching are uncharitable and non-pastoral. Quite the opposite is true: charity is truth! Using dubious language devoid of Biblical and Magisterial teaching is itself uncharitable and leads people away from Christ, not toward Him. Transformation comes from full adherence to Jesus and His teachings, which reveals to humanity the true dignity of every person.
Leaving a person in the state of sin is not an act of charity, but is rather misguided compassion. No matter the circumstance, true charity leads a person out of sin. Loving our neighbor means accepting him where he is, while at the same time, guiding him to Truth - to Jesus and His teachings.
Take the Biblical example of the woman accused of adultery. Jesus' language was authentic and clear: "Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more.[John 8:11]." This is the same language needed today, not the secular jargon - soft, ambiguous and misleading language -- saturating the culture.
Saint John Paul II understood the centrality of the family in cultivating, building and sustaining a healthy society. We must defend the family according to God's original design if we are to be serious about resolving the issues plaguing society today. Families are threatened by an insidious secular culture driven to redefine the family in opposition to the Creator's Will. And wherever secularism takes hold, the ill effects cause marriages and families to suffer. These threats enslave people to the consequences of sin: contraception, abortion, cohabitation, gender ideologies, euthanasia, same-sex unions and divorce...threats that HLI has opposed for over 40 years.
What uplifts and encourages me the most are the affirming voices of many cardinals and bishops in response to this week's debacle. I applaud their outward rejection to a liberalized approach to Church teaching. Christ's teachings reveal to every person the "ultimate reality of the love of God," as Saint John Paul II insists, therefore, the work of all Christians is to outwardly affirm and profess the Truth in charity.
This has been the very work of HLI since its inception. In the footsteps of Father Paul Marx, we persevere as "Apostles of Life," endeavoring to save the future of humanity in Truth.
This is why we must pray right now for the Synod Fathers to bring the conversation back toward the fullness of God's truth for the family.
It is why now, more than ever, I implore your prayers and support for HLI, continuing the work to defend life and family around the world for the glory of God.
Saint Pope John Paul II, pray for us!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International Thank you Father Shenan J. Boquet for being so straight-forward in proclaiming the truth! Deacon John Giglio
by Stephen Phelan, Director of Mission Communications
(Firstthings.com) Someone from the international aid and development industry has some explaining to do. In an analysis of financial data from the decade ending in 2010, The Economist lists the world's most populous nation, and six African nations whose total fertility rate is among the highest in the world, as being among the ten fastest growing economies. By 2015, according to IMF data, this elite list will include the two most populous nations and seven from Africa.
How could this be, when we have been assured for years that high population and high fertility rates make economic growth impossible? Indeed, the entire international aid and development industry operates on this unquestioned premise. In a statement to the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning, billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates expressed the conventional wisdom of the aid industry: "Providing access to contraceptives is a cost-effective way to foster economic growth."
(LifeSiteNews.com) This incredible lady has been credited with saving entire cities targeted for destruction by war. She has been hailed as a protectress and defender. And now she is gaining a name for herself not only as a defender of life-and-family but also as a terror of abortion facilities, due to the high number that have closed after she has visited them.