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.
It can be difficult to actively
engage in the fight for life, marriage and family. You may make great
friends in the trenches, but outside of them you are less likely to
receive a friendly reception.
also recognize this difficulty as an opportunity for grace. It's a
chance to mortify our pride and detach ourselves to some degree from
worldly concerns. What you lose in "cool points" you gain in the
infinitely more valuable grace if you offer up your difficulties for the
glory of God.
Lord, we become a sign of contradiction for a culture that seeks more
and more to make evil seem good, and good, evil.
I have to say that this week has been harder than most. First we lost a
great man and a great judge with the unexpected death of Supreme Court
Justice Antonin Scalia. The already-confused Court lost perhaps its
greatest mind and certainly one of its leading advocates of judicial
modesty, restraint, and respect for the Constitution. We pray for his
soul, for peace and healing for those closest to him, and for our
country. The chairman of HLI's board of directors, Stu Nolan, shared his thoughts in HLI's Truth and Charity Forum on the gifts that Justice Scalia has left the nation and the pro-life movement.
on his return flight from Mexico, the Holy Father made one of his
strongest condemnations yet of abortion, which was very heartening.
Right after this, however, Pope Francis made some comments about
contraception and the Zika virus that were immediately interpreted as
opening the door to the use of contraceptives in some cases. Within
minutes every major media outlet said basically that Church teaching on
contraception had changed.
put out a statement clarifying relevant teaching and expressing our hope
that an official clarification would soon be forthcoming. What happened
instead was the Vatican spokesman in an interview with Vatican Radio
this morning said that the Holy Father did intend to say that in some
"emergency" cases "condoms or contraception" would be acceptable for
couples who had undergone a "serious discernment." You can see our revised statement here.
and sisters, prayer is sorely needed. It is fitting that these events
happen in the penitential season of Lent. More and more we realize how
much we rely on God, and how turning away from Him and His law results
not in more freedom, as we are so often told, but in greater slavery as
the results of our society's poor choices multiply.
us not forget that God is good. He is Love. He is Justice. Even here,
He is calling us to get rid of all that separates us from Him, to share
in the suffering of Our Lord even in the small events and larger trials
of our lives.
Yes, God is
good! As Padre Pio said, "Pray, hope, and don't worry." How much do we
trust in Our Heavenly Father? Let's pray that we trust more.
In the interview, Fr. Lombardi expands on comments Pope
Francis made about the possibility of married couples using
contraception due to concerns about spreading the Zika virus. Human
Life International is extremely concerned that, rather than clarify the
comments with references to the very clear doctrine of the church,
Father Lombardi instead made statements that contradict established
Church doctrine on contraception, referring to both the non-magisterial
decision of Pope Paul VI to which the Holy Father also referred, and
adding a reference to a non-magisterial statement from Pope Benedict
XVI that contradicts Pope Benedict's own explanation of the statement.
We must repeat, with the Church, her own condemnation of the act of
using contraception from Humanae vitae 14. - continue -
On behalf of the staff, missionaries, and board of directors
of Human Life International, I wish to express our great sorrow at
hearing of Justice Antonin Scalia's death. With his passing, our nation
has lost a strong and unwavering voice on behalf of truth, life, and
family on a Court that is adrift, with little remaining sense of
natural law or respect for the Constitution that gives the Court its
mandate. Justice Scalia may very well have been this generation's most
eloquent and powerful defender of the Constitution, and his sense of
judicial rigor and restraint will be sorely missed. - continue -
Francis and Kirill, with their defense of religious freedom
in the face of radical secularism in the West, provide a solid basis
for continuing conversations: "Today, the chains of militant atheism
have been broken and in many places Christians can now freely confess
their faith." Indeed. Upon reading this, Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro, my
colleague here at HLI headquarters added: "May the statement be
prophetic and may the same happen in the West." - continue -
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