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.
These last few days in Rome have
been both difficult and edifying. As leaders come together for the Rome
Life Forum and today's March for Life, there is both a certain sense
of urgency and a shared sense of faith and trust in Our Lord.
There is much to say here - far more than
this space allows. So forgive me as I move much too quickly through a
number of subjects whose unity I'd like to focus on today, even if we
can't get into the depth each deserves.
His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke made a stirring call yesterday for the consecration of the world,
including Russia by name, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Mother
of Our Lord. Faithful Catholics the world over recognize the formula as
the one given by Our Lady of Fatima if the worst calamities were to be
avoided. It was edifying to see the cardinal set aside the
controversies over previous consecrations of the world, as these are a
distraction and sometimes seem to have an ideological character. In
truth, there is no controversy or ideological nature to doing the will
of God, including the Holy Father's renewing the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart,
and naming Russia as specifically requested by Our Lady. Families
renew their consecrations every year. These were never meant to be a
"once and done" affair, but a complete turning of hearts and minds - a
giving of hearts and minds - to God that marks a permanent shift in the
orientation of our lives.
By giving hearts and minds to God in
consecration, we are spiritually set aside for a special purpose-God's
special purpose in our lives. We set a course toward Him both personally
and for whomever we are given in our spiritual care. Mothers and
fathers do it for their children, bishops do it for their dioceses and
all under their care, and the pope does it for the entire world. We'll
return to this in a moment, keeping in mind the nature of consecration
as an intentional act that sets the consecrated one aside, that opens us
to God's will more completely.
Stay with me as I shift gears here for a bit, before bringing
everything back together. Just before the March for Life we learned
that the Trump Administration had re-enacted and expanded the Mexico
City Policy. You'll recall that this is the policy that was first
created by President Reagan, and that has since been revoked by every
democrat president immediately upon taking office and reinstated by
every republican in the same manner. And let's be clear about this-its
re-instatement is an anti-abortion act, and its revocation is a
Yes, pro-abortion. Not just pro-choice. What the executive order
has done historically is to remove federal funding from groups who
perform and promote abortion-the funding being from a certain set of
funds administered by the State Department under USAID and similar
international aid programs. But the Trump Administration has extended
the order to preclude funding any abortion-promoting groups throughout
all international spending - affecting a pool of money far beyond the
originally limited funds handled by the State Department to all
international funding, extending even into those funds spent by the
Department of Defense. As we learned with an announcement from the Trump Administration this past week, the amount of funds now containing the abortion exclusion is now over eight billion.
Poland, Hungary's entire national history is wound together with its
Christian faith. Saint Stephen founded Hungary in the 11th
century. Hungarians fought many battles over the years, including
against the Ottoman Turks and other invaders. After the bloody communist
suppression of the 1956 uprising, János Kádár, whose rule was marked
by what later became known as Goulash Communism, led the
nation. The fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 would later cause
the end of the Warsaw Pact in 1991. - continue-
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