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Friday, April 20, 2007

It is Not A Catholic Issue

In a 5-4 ruling, The Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that a federal ban on partial birth abortion is constitutional. How did The Philadelphia Inquirer respond to this?

The five judges who voted to uphold the ban are Catholic. But this is not a Catholic issue. The Supreme Court was not asked to rule on the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist or on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary. The court ruled on a matter of human dignity.

The Catholic Church’s position on abortion is not unique to Catholics. It harkens back to the concept of Natural Law. All human beings are endowed with dignity because they are created. Our own Declaration of Independence states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It has been a great struggle in our country and around the world to establish that “all men” means men and women of all races and ethnicities. Now the struggle is to include the unborn, the sick, and the disabled--all human beings from conception to natural death. The culture of death balks at such inclusiveness. As I wrote two days ago, the pro-abortion and other culture of death arguments offer a very narcissistic view of human dignity: Another person has dignity only if he produces something valuable to me.

Rather than attack the argument that all human life has dignity, the Philadelphia Inquirer has chosen to make an ad hominem attack on the Catholic Church. In their opinion, the only explanation for the court’s ruling is papist fanaticism. Yes, these justices are Catholic. Yes, their actions are consistent with Catholic teaching. But their actions are not exclusively Catholic. Wesley J. Smith is a prominent writer for pro-life causes who is not Catholic. This is an issue of human rights, not an issue of loyalty to Rome.

I do hope that Catholics are not cowed by this spewing of the label “Catholic” as if it were an insult. Perhaps it would be good to reread a portion of this morning’s Mass reading from the Acts of the Apostles:

After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.


Ebeth said...

Praise God for your words!! This whole thing of partial-birth abortion and our "leaders" reactions and legalities over it make me cry for all the babies and our society. You are right! This is NOT a Catholic issue, however.......we do have it right!!hehehehe Gratias Deus!

Anonymous said...

Good for you - Catholic justices!

I am a Catholic, and proudly so. I am so glad that we continue to stand up for basic human dignity when most of the society around us has seemed to abandon that cause.

Michelle said...

I agree with you, Denise - and I agree with ebeth, too: the Catholics seem to be the only ones who "get it" and get it right, consistently. Maybe not individually, but as a Church, we are the last fortress against the forces of the culture of death.

Barb, sfo said...

No great surprise. The Inquirer has a history of this sort of thing. They feel quite free to bash Catholics and other Christians as well. All other religions are off-limits...not PC to bash them.

Jay Anderson said...

Did you see the Inquirer's Orwellian diatribe against the Court's "activist" ruling? Only in loony-lib-land could a decision that upholds an act of Congress by not extending a "right" found nowhere in the Constitution be described as "activist".

I wonder if the Inquirer took similar umbrage at the truly astounding exercise of judicial activism represented by the decision in Lawrence v. Texas (also authored by Justice Kennedy). Somehow, I think not.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

What a great post. Why am I not surprised by the Catholic bashing. They have nothing to stand on. So it's fanaticism to think infanticide can be outlawed. What a world.

Sharon said...

GREAT post. Of course I agree with you. It always amazes me, too, how people will label something CATHOLIC, intending on it to be an insult.

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