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 23, 2015
Spirit & Life - Don't Be Fooled!
Keep praying for the defense of marriage and family!
I want to thank you for joining us in prayer for the Synod Fathers -
our Novena ends this Sunday, but we will be continuing to pray for the
defense of marriage and the family.
As I explain in my article
below, there remain reasons for concern due to the arguments being
forwarded by some of the Synod fathers. It is truly sad and scandalous
to see the reasoning, or at times the lack of reasoning, that underlies
calls to let the prevailing and sick culture determine the Church's
response, rather than the Church bringing her Truth to the sick culture.
We must at the same time never give up our hope! The Holy
Spirit truly is in ultimate control of things, even if He allows willful
errors to be presented. These errors will not make it into doctrine
affirmed by the Magisterium, and we pray that they are definitively
quashed before they are allowed to further confuse the faithful. This is
not an empty hope, but the assurance of Our Lord, which is as solid and
true as any word ever spoken.
In an article this week from
Monsignor Barreiro we remember one of history's greatest defenders of
marriage and the family -- Pope Saint John Paul II -- whose feast day we
celebrated yesterday. His Familiaris Consortio and Letter to Families remain among the greatest consolations of the beautiful teaching of the Church for families.
Two more notes:
I didn't want the news to be missed below with everything else going
on: Our dear friend, Patricia Pitkus Bainbridge, has retired from HLI's
board of directors, though she will continue to serve in an emeritus
capacity. She is one of the greats of the pro-life movement, without a
doubt. We will miss her regular contributions, although we will also be
bothering her quite a bit as things come up! I would be grateful if you
would remember Patricia and her family in your prayers.
we were honored to welcome Bishop Athanasius Schneider to HLI last
Friday evening for a rousing talk on the unchangeable nature of
marriage. We will soon be posting more on this talk, so stay tuned!
According to situation ethics, the situation determines the
morality or an action, as opposed to bringing objective moral truths to
different situations and applying them faithfully. This view gives a
lot of weight to "intentions," which, of course, are always "good," so
almost any action is justifiable. Cohabitation, adultery,
contraception, and homosexuality - one cannot, per situation ethics,
call these situations wrong, since we don't know the particulars of
each person's situation. - continue -
"We have known for the last couple years the heroic
sacrifices that Patricia was making to be at our meetings, and being
the primary caregiver for her mother, Dutchie," said Father Shenan J.
Boquet, president of HLI. "We have a deep sense of gratitude to
Patricia, and to her family for allowing her to serve HLI as chairman
during these years. You don't meet many people in the pro-life movement
who have led for so long, at a very high level, and with such a great
spirit. Patricia is an exceptional woman and a great friend, and her
regular contributions will be missed." - continue -
John Paul's concern to defend and promote life, marriage and
the family was clearly expressed in many initiatives, his Wednesday
catechesis on human love (The Theology of the Body) and in his
constant preaching on this fundamental topic. We can see this in many
of the fundamental documents of his pontificate like his magnificent
encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae on March 25, 1995, and in the Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio of November 22nd, 1981 and The Charter of the Rights of the Family
of October 22nd 1983. The teaching of John Paul II has become
particularly relevant on the light of the well-known controversies and
tensions that are regrettably affecting the current Synod of the Family - continue -
Send a reminder: Catholic=Pro-Life!
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