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.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Spirit & Life - Spirit of the Synod and Rome's March for Life
This week, HLI's Dr. Joseph Meaney, Stephen Phelan and I met with Church officials and with pro-life leaders in Rome to discuss a range of concerns, primarily focusing on life and family.
with other leaders - and resolve in fighting for the great gifts of life
and family - has a special urgency these days. Many have concerns about
the direction the Extraordinary Synod on the Family took last Fall, and
the confusion that was so widespread. Although there have been signs
from Rome in the direction of greater clarity, many remain concerned by a
phenomenon that could be called "the spirit of the Synod," evidenced by
a readiness by many inside and outside the Church to proceed with
problematic proposals regarding Holy Communion for Catholics who,
without having a first marriage annulled by the Church, are living in
invalid civil unions; and giving some sort of blessing to homosexual
As many have argued
forcefully, charitably and eloquently, these kinds of changes cannot
receive any sort of Magisterial status in Church teaching, yet their
having been raised and considered in the Synod has been taken by some as
license to proceed as if they already had some kind of approval. We
have seen the destruction caused by the "spirit of Vatican II", which
ignores what the Second Vatican Council documents actually said and
proceeds as if the Truth is democratically decided, and there was some
sort of approval granted for any change whatsoever. The clearest
precedent for this confusion is certainly the chaos following Humanae vitae,
which strongly affirmed unchangeable Catholic doctrine on human life
and sexuality. There had been such an expectation of change created
leading up to the publication of the document that, when it was issued
by Blessed Pope Paul VI, a revolt ensued, leaving a trail of destruction
both inside and outside the Church.
Yet, God's Grace
remains available to all who turn to Him, and His hand is evident as we
proceed through the present confusion. At the conclusion of the
Extraordinary Synod last Fall was the beatification of Blessed Paul VI,
which to those who see spiritually was a welcome, providential sign
that the innovators would not have the final say on how our beloved
Church defines the sacrament of marriage. Cardinals Burke, Mueller,
Napier and several others made powerful interventions affirming the
truth about marriage and the Eucharist - and their number has only
increased since the last synod meeting.
Further, we have to
remember that "the spirit" is not the Spirit, the third Person of the
Holy Trinity who continues to guide His Church today. The former
"spirit" is a mere will to power, an adolescent demand that one's own
preferences be blessed in the name of a false compassion and mercy
divorced from Truth.
The need for prayer
and fasting for the Holy Father and the Church is extremely urgent - as
it always has been! Please also join us in prayers that the fruits of
the various meetings over this last week will lead to effective action
that will support the truth about life and family all over the world.
We've seen all too well what happens when the "spirit" of the age holds
sway, leading many away from Christ. We've also seen the joy that
follows from Remaining in the Truth of Christ, toward which we direct
all of our efforts.
Thank you again for
supporting our mission and for walking with us on this journey. And stay
tuned for more on this crucial struggle.
Father Shenan J.
Boquet will join host Johnnette Benkovic on EWTN's acclaimed Women of
Grace program starting Monday, May 18. During the five-part series, Ms.
Benkovic, founder and president of Women of Grace, will discuss with
Fr. Boquet the importance of sharing the Gospel message, and
inspiring women of faith to transform the world. -continue-
"Recognize the propaganda!"
This is the message directed to Ugandan pro-life coordinators by Father
Jonathan Opio, country director for HLI Uganda. Every spring, Fr. Opio
provides intense pro-life advocacy seminars to students who will spread
the Gospel message as a counter-measure against the lure of anti-life
and anti-family propaganda. As typical of such NGOs, the rhetoric
of cultural imperialism promises growth and prosperity, especially to
empower women, if governments accept controversial abortion and radical
gender identity provisions as human rights. - continue -
Summarizing a major life
event - one involving virtually three weeks of walking over 500
kilometers on the Camino in Santiago de Compostela to the tomb of the
Apostle James - is not easy. I look back with fond memories and am
eager to forge ahead. HLI regularly sends me out as a pro-life pilgrim
to the far corners of the earth to organize and manage HLI mission
programs, especially for Seminarians for Life International. The blessings from this pilgrimage will surely inspire future journeys to spread the Gospel of Life. - continue -
Send a reminder: Catholic=Pro-Life!
There is only one place, says the author (Butler),
where Christians can turn for the full truth of Jesus and the means of
salvation He gave us: the Catholic Church.
This deeply moving short film sheds light on one of the most
dramatic social and political struggles for life and family in the
world: anti-life Reproductive Health bill.Find out how you can help the Filipino people in their pro-life stance!