Friday, 03 February 2017 08:32

Pastoral reflections: public officials and abortion

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Abortion is the killing of an innocent infant in the womb of its mother. That is an incontrovertible fact. The growing child is not a disease to be cured nor a “tumor” to be excised. There is no biological doubt but that the fetus is a human person in development and for that reason pro-abortion supporters will not even argue the issue any more. The evidence is clear. If the developing embryo were not a human being in development, why would there be a need to kill it? Given enough time the child would exit the womb and enter the world, a crying boy or girl.

Abortion is the killing of an innocent infant in the womb of its mother. That is an incontrovertible fact. The growing child is not a disease to be cured nor a “tumor” to be excised. There is no biological doubt but that the fetus is a human person in development and for that reason pro-abortion supporters will not even argue the issue any more. The evidence is clear. If the developing embryo were not a human being in development, why would there be a need to kill it? Given enough time the child would exit the womb and enter the world, a crying boy or girl.

Sadly abortion has become a legal “right” under current American law. Women are permitted to take the life of their child.

The double tragedy of abortion is that many “Catholics” support abortion, using spurious arguments in support of this so-called right. In an National Public Radio interview last year, Tim Kaine (the then Democrat vice presidential candidate and Catholic) said that “… his Catholic faith informs how he lives and the rules he follows.” He tells Steve Inskeep he doesn’t believe his job as a public official “is to make others follow church teachings.”

How “convenient”! Opposition to abortion is a Catholic teaching precisely because abortion is the killing of an innocent human being. The evil of the action is no less true because it is a church teaching, indeed it is a church teaching because it is true.

The bottom line is that Kaine is trying to serve two masters — his political party and Jesus. Someday Kaine will have to stand face to face with Jesus and explain his support of abortion.

People argue claiming there are many issues in any election, and that is true. But the right to life is the most fundamental. Without life, there are no other rights.

Any Catholic candidate who supports so-called abortion rights is either trying to deceive us or, even worse, has already deceived himself. In any event his personal integrity is not to be taken seriously. And if such a person will compromise his integrity on such a basic issue, how can we trust him on any other?

As we select our candidates for all offices, the most basic qualification is integrity. Advisors to a political official can assist with their lack of experience, but cannot supply for a poverty of integrity.

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