Laudetur Iesus Christus!
Nunc et in æternum! Amen.
O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammæ rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.
O Adonai, and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who didst appear unto Moses in the burning bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai, come to redeem us with an outstretched arm!
I probably should have done this but of course, I get distracted by other things and the item gets buried in the queue of things I have to do (or think I have to do … my mind is a powerful thing … sometimes too powerful).
Just in case you don’t know and my picture of Archbishop Vigneron along the sidebar didn’t indicate thus, I live in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Our Archdiocesan newspaper, The Michigan Catholic, runs biweekly and, like any newspaper, has a letters to the editor section.
That section can always be interesting to see what people have to say about what was written in recent editions. It can run the gamut from those who say that there needs to be more said about moral issues and that more in the Church need to put their either “big boy cassocks/pants” or “big girl habits/skirts” (Amen.) to those who utter the usual progressive stuff with varying levels of ill-logic. The latter hasn’t been that bad.
Until a few weeks ago, the MI Catholic ran an article, which I cannot find online (I don’t think they post all their print articles online) about racism and the writer described racism as an intrinsic evil (which it is).
All right, then, what’s wrong with that?
Nothing. Racism is intrinsically wrong. To discriminate against another person/group based on their ethnic origin/skin color is wrong because it detracts from their value as a child of God.
You think people would leave it alone?
Heck no. A progressive had to caterwaul about it.
A progressive woman religious (no surprise, really).
In the next edition of the MI Catholic (of which I have apparently disposed), this sister who is a member of a rather progressive religious order (you know, ditch the habit, New Age “spirituality,” modernism up the wazoo, and orthodoxy thrown out the window along with orthopraxy), writes a caterwauling letter to the editor where she opines how very happy she was that someone in the Church was finally realizing that racism is a sin.
Sister, where have you been? Typical myopic view of the Church that can be found with that “group” with in Holy Church (though their authentic membership is an object of debate in some places).
But wait, it gets better.
So once she got that off her chest, she moves on to further opine something to the gist of “If only the Church would spend as many resources fighting racism as it does fighting against abortion, then the world would be a better place.”
I was so righteously angry at this sister. What the heck?!
Let’s make sure we’re on the same page for a moment just so we can have a cohesive analysis of this instead of the rant into which this is going to devolve quickly.
-Racism is, as Merriam-Webster defines it, a
belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
It’s a belief. It’s a mentality. It’s an attitude. It can be changed. It, in itself, does not take lives. An idea cannot take lives on its own. It takes a person to willfully commit an action that is connected to the idea in order for it to take a life. Racism could be merely an intellectual thing. Something that dwells only in books as something to be studied but not lived. I hope I am being somewhat clear here.
-Abortion is, the same dictionary defines, the
termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus: as a : spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation ( miscarriage) b : induced expulsion of a human fetus.
Now, we should also make the right assumption that the pregnancy is not just some common procedure like a tonsillectomy or something like that. In an abortion a life is taken away. It is “terminated” which thus results in the death of the fetus (which is the Latin term for “child” btw).
An abortion isn’t an idea. It’s the taking of an innocent life. It is the alienation of the fundamental right to life of the child killed. Therefore, it is intrinsically evil and cannot be accepted. Ever.
Abortion is fueled by the belief that some human lives are disposable based on what one or another person sees as a valid reason for terminating.
Both racism and abortion are wrong. Intrinsically wrong. But don’t you think that abortion would be on a higher level of evil because the direct result of an abortion is the taking of a life and the dire harm done to another (it can affect more than just the mother)?
I don’t know. Maybe I am just an extremist. Oh well. I know I am right.
And I am not the only one because the very next edition had that very response from a man who clearly knows what is what.
How could she put those two things on equal footing? What is, by its very dictionary definition, a belief, something that starts in the mind and takes a will to go further to something that is, by its very definition, an action that results in the direct taking of a human life?!
*headdesk* <— when a *facepalm* just does not suffice.
Seriously. This is what is so wrong with the progressive branch of the Church (as if there was any other part besides the orthodox and orthopraxic).
As soon as I read the response to the sister’s social justice catholyc caterwauling, I thought, “These sisters typically love to find common ground on opposing (or supposedly opposing) viewpoints; there must be some common ground shared by those who think abortion is an intrinsic evil in the most dire way possible and those who seem to think that a belief is just as dangerous as a life-taking action (we’re not going down the road of hypotheticals and “what if’s”).”
How about instead of protesting the Church’s oppression of women (*chortle*) and how the Church doesn’t care about this, that, or another thing or about how she is so backwards and all that other malarcky … maybe … just maybe … and this is purely hypothetical … purely …they could protest the fact that abortion-hocking organizations like Planned Parenthood put their abortion mills in the midst of minority and low-income neighborhoods.
Case in point, there are two abortion clinics literally kitty-corner from each other in Detroit (I participated in a prayer vigil in front of them in September). Actually, they are a little bit further apart. But let’s just say if you wanted to comparison shop the murder of your unborn child, you could do so easily on foot. You can stand at the front door of one, look a little bit down the street, and see the other mill.
Can you find any such thing in an area that has more non-minority/white/affluent population? Heck no! There are no such places in Grosse Pointe or Saint Clair Shores (that I know of), etc..
Hmmmm, I wonder. Would it be possible that the whole philosophy espoused by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger that the minorities were drains on resources and pollutants in the gene pool could still be, at the very least, implicitly practiced by that same organization?
Those who deny that that mentality is still present are either blind or they are willfully deceiving themselves. Planned Parenthood’s bread and butter is earned in the minority/low income areas. They target those very groups by playing on their situation or the appearance of a dire situation. Because you know, abortion is the only viable option for an unplanned pregnancy though no pregnancy is really unplanned because every time you have sex, you ought to plan on getting pregnant since procreation is one of the two primary ends of sex.
How is that not racism?
So yeah, here is some common ground: the pretty much deliberate targeting of minority/low income areas for the establishment of abortion clinics. Instead of helping people who are in need of assistance with a pregnancy, they perpetuate cycles of poverty and despair (abortion has dire effects on women) by promoting what will make them the most money.
If it were not at least in some way motivated by that mentality, why are there not more Planned Parenthoods in more affluent areas? You know, because PP doesn’t make it’s money off abortions. No. Just like they offer free mammograms. Yeah.
Planned Parenthood, like any business, is going to go where they know the money is and provide the services that are going to get the money and promote the things that will get them money. Helping mothers find a good adoptive home for their children or helping them become good mothers isn’t going to make them money. Telling a woman that she is totally all right to get an abortion … now that will make money.
Sounds really cynical but it’s true. Do you think for a moment they would cut out their abortion-hocking in minority neighborhoods in favor of more life-friendly services that don’t make nearly as much money (if any)?
The worst part? PP and their supporters paint it like it’s an act of charity for them to be providing these things to women. *headdesk* *headgranitecountertop*
So perhaps the good sister can think about that before she starts saying things that are logically erroneous because she is trying to compare apples and oranges based on the fact that they are both fruit!
Seriously. That really got me angry because it’s clear that she really doesn’t see a difference even if the difference between the evil of racism and the evil of abortion is abundantly obvious to those who like to be objective.
Of course, she probably comes from one of those congregations that, while not openly pro-abortion, are disgustingly ambiguous when it comes to life ethics. They typically spew such catchphrases as “There is more to being pro-life than being against abortion.” Even though all their caterwauling about increasing entitlements and helping the poor would all be for naught if it were not for the very people they seek to help being born. If these persons were aborted, there would be no need for all the social justice stuff they think are just as important as defending the fundamental right to life.
That’s what happens when Truth is polluted with the mentalities, philosophies, etc. of the world in its fallen state. It gets warped and perverted to the point that it is a shadow of its former self.
And they wonder why they are struggling to keep vocations, let alone attract viable vocations while other more sold congregations are thriving.
Oh, I don’t know. Maybe the latter has something on that whole “being totally and authentically Catholic” thing.
Just a hunch.
*gets off soapbox and grabs Breviary*
Off to pray Vespers and Compline! Have a nice night! Sorry for the tangential-ness of this thing. Of course, if you have read any bit of this blog, you should expect nothing less. lol