That topic in and of itself is interesting enough. Yet, what caught my attention even more was one of the comments to this post:
Once again, we have a very liberal Protestant pastor quoting a very liberal Catholic ex-priest in a major US publication telling Catholics worldwide that it is ok to be in favor of an abortion. Heck, the pro-choicers even have a patron saint, and where are the bishops?
Where there is silence there is consent?
Where are the bishops? That is an excellent question. Why should Thomas and all of the rest of us in the blogosphere have to muddle through this? When a nationwide publication publishes such an affront to Catholic teaching and uses a probably incorrect account of Church history to do it, our shepherds have an obligation to respond swiftly and loudly. When my child comes to me with some incorrect “facts” he learned on the playground I correct them immediately. I do not wait for him to mull these “facts” over and try to figure out their truthfulness on his own. I correct his misconceptions immediately so there is no chance for him to absorb any of the falsehoods as truth.
The DaVinci Code brouhaha showed that in general we are a pretty poorly catechized flock. Some of us down here in the trenches are doing our best to correct this. But we need the leadership of our bishops.