There are not over a 100 people in the U.S. that hate the Catholic Church, there are millions however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church, which is, of course, quite a different thing.- Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Catholic Social Teaching != large government; social justice == ending abortion

I was listening to Catholic radio today, and was surprised to hear the host and guest discussing how the communist movement has become less revolutionary and now takes a tactic of infiltrating a country’s culture and education systems. The conversation then went into how incompatible the communist/socialist worldview is with Catholocism… which impressed me more. I do agree with this view…my surprise came at it being openly espoused on the radio other than on the Rush Limbaugh program.

I would like all Catholic Social Justice talks (it’s not called Service or Serving the Community now, it’s “Social Justice”) to mention the role of government in Social Justice, just to be clear that “assisting” is not the same as “doing it for you.” The first lets people keep their dignity & the second makes people lose their dignity. And, human dignity is the basis of Catholic Social Teaching, and the basis for human equality (not economics, like communism says).

The last social justice talk I heard also ignored the biggest social justice issue today: abortion. If there ever was a group that has no voice in their fate, it’s the unborn. If there’s a group that is ill educated in their choices if pregnant, it’s women. I fail to see how making a choice for abortion is a real choice if it is an ill informed choice. How many women really go into an abortion because they hate children and wish there were less of them in the world? A few, of course, but I doubt it’s anywhere near a majority. To quickly deal with abortion in the case of rape or incest, I don’t see why one trauma deserves another. The post abortion health problems: depression, guilt, sometimes inability to have future children, and an increased risk of cancer, are sometimes not even admitted to by promoters of abortion.

Abortion is hard on doctors as well. Doctors must either deny science, lie, and say that it’s not a baby, which is difficult because doctors deal in science in order to give the best medical advice based on facts. If the doctor does admit it’s a baby, he (which I will use until a neutral pronoun is created) must begin to not care about life & harden his heart. Also, it's a business. It is hard to think that Americans have an entire industry making lots of money off of killing millions of humans, but here we are. It's hard to be surprised that America (and many places in the world) are struggling to be above the population replacement level?

And from a Catholic Christian perspective that is bad. Very bad. The bible verse that was originally told to me as “They choose to blind themselves to the truth, and God lets them!”Since it’s always better to find the actual quote (and between different translations, it’s pretty much the same)

Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. While claiming to be wise, they became fools… Therefore, God handed them over to …for the mutual degradation of their bodies. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie… Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions.” NAB Romans 1:20-26

All humans have dignity. And humanity begins when you have 46 chromosomes. To be compassionate, it’s best to educate women on the depression after abortion, the guilt, and the long term health risks of cancer. And a woman can’t make a real choice on abortion if she does not know that there are places that facilitate adoption, the different types of adoption, or places that help woman with money and supplies if they want to keep their baby. Finally, it is overlooked how much women are pressured into getting abortions by family members, school officials, or by the father of the baby. If abortion is a violent procedure, isn’t advising a woman to have one tantamount to advocating, in this case, violence against women? By women's liberation movement, they have enslaved themselves. True freedom, true choice, true wisdom: all of these result from accepting the dignity of all humans.

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