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Editorial: Newtown is Our Town. Mourning the Massacre, Considering America's Culture of Death Comments

A visibly shaken Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy told us all, as we hung on his every word, that "evil visited this community today and it's too early to speak of recovery." He was absolutely correct. This has become America's tragedy. We all know deep within that those little children are our children as well. Evil visited the entire Nation on December 14, 2012. It is causing us to pause and examine ourselves. Continue Reading

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  1. Paul-Emile Leray
    2 years ago

    To Bill Sr:
    First of all, before going more to the purpose of this commentary, I wish to clear the deck so to speak and state a few things. One, I already know you are wise, knowledgeable, and intelligent since if you were not you would not be on this website as often as you are. Two, I have read some of your complimentary comments to some of my past comments and appreciate them. (and even if they would not have been complimentary, I would hope to be mature enough to still be able to appreciate your insights) Three, your own comments to various writers and their articles are interesting. Four, there is a lot known about people based upon what they read and don't read. Therefore, once again, I have no doubt of your own search for truth and the integrity you have. Five, what follows is not to be seen in a framework of debate in the win/lose or us/them approach. That's mostly logic, rational, falls under 'ratio' of reason, and is what lawyers and politicians often do. Not interested. I can annihilate and back into corners men twice my age (some who are Jesuits, and yes I like those good men very much) and some former presidents of universities in less than 15 minutes if I decide to focus fast and force myself to be less sensitive to others' feelings (which I hate doing). I'm not interested in winning arguments just for the sake of winning arguments. It's a waste of time and energy. Life is too short. Therefore, view the following as being faith and reason based, with 'intellectus' being applied under the branch of reason. Broad, illative, open to criticism, searching for truth and answers, making myself open to being criticized. So, Bill Sr., it is not a personal thing in other words. Alright, now that this is clear, here are some points put forth randomly but enumerated for a sense of visual structure (as much for myself as for you):
    1. See a recent interview with Charlie Rose and Michael Bloomberg on precisely some of these issues. While I don't agree with many of mayor Bloomberg's views on other issues, he certainly makes some strong points with regard to gun control in a great interview with who I would consider being one of the best journalists and interviewers in N.America at present. (but I live overseas, therefore am not familiar with lesser known journalists in local regions anymore in N.America)
    2. You have never owned a gun yourself, based on comments below made by yourself. I also do not get thrills owning guns. While growing up in a rural environment in Canada, I had a pellet gun as a youth and shot 22s out on the farm. I have never killed anything in my life other than mosquitos, flies, cockroaches, and gophers. While gophers are cute, the fact is that the holes they make in pastures result in cattle and horses at times risking to step in them and you can guess what happens afterwards. Legs might break. I practically go into an existential crisis for ending a mosquito's life.
    3. In some countries, guns are completely forbidden other than for hunters/farmers and law enforcement. It is a fact that if nobody owned a gun, how could a person shoot someone in a state of rage or mental illness?
    4. One European fellow who has a bar in Tokyo, who also owned one in France, agreed with me (quite some time ago) when I noticed white males were much more aggressive than Asian males when intoxicated. (drunk) I asked him why, simply engaging him to expound. My point is that many cultures, when angry or drunk, do not resort to levels of violence and aggressive behaviors that many white caucasian males seem to. I am not sure why, but this has been observed by many expats living in various cultures. Is it the red meat, the genetics, the overly competitive spirit, the whiskey, the internal frustrations, the arrogance of white people? I don't know, but I can tell you I feel perfectly safe 24/7 in the largest metropolitan city on the planet. Greater Tokyo has over 38 million people, which amounts to greater NYC and greater Los Angeles combined. (approx.,using the large apples to apples greater metro (and suburbs) regional stats) In other words, it is over 9 Montreals or again 6 Torontos or once again 13-15 greater Vancouvers.) The only thing frightening me here are earthquakes, tsunamis, and potential nuclear explosions. North Korea does not scare me, because the Americans in S. Korea and other places in Asia would take care of him fast if he loses his marbles completely. No problem. N. Korea is not some big boogie man axis of evil. I felt just fine in S.Korea last week, hours from their border, plus the bibimba was excellent as usual.
    5. Why is it, that of the 18 times I have been to Los Angeles, some cab drivers have told me to hurry and get out of a zone as I was filling up my small truck many years ago? The cab drivers told me they didn't even take calls in some areas of greater L.A., and that specific one was doing as I was: simply filling up before getting back onto the interstate.
    6. It is 2012. Are Americans and Australians, along with other citizens, that aggressive as a collective whole, that guns are needed to feel secure? It says a lot about people, does it not? Something has gone horribly wrong in educated citizens over the past few decades if this is the level of consciousness and peace we have in certain cultures.
    7. My point, Bill Sr., is simply this: when will humans grow up? When will humans live in peace and harmony. It has been 2000 years since Jesus walked the planet, give or take a few years, and yet is this the level of collective consciousness out there? If so, I really think that is sad. It is depressing, if that is the reality. It also means I was half delusional and optimistic to the point of being a danger to myself for having walked around and visited all sorts of places, when in hindsight, I was courageous because of having been naive perhaps in some instances.
    8. After 20 centuries, are humans still on that basic animal kingdom level of consciousness? If so, what does this state about us as a species? What does it say about all those lessons learned from K-12 in school, then again at university? It is a massive failure if the collective whole is still on some form of primitive level of peace and justice.
    9. I realize how much fun it is driving, the sense of independence it gives people, the history of America, Canada, etc, but in many cultures millionaires, CEOs, etc., academics, take public transportation from Mon-Fri; then drive on weekends. I love driving also. I have driven from Canada to southern California numerous times, have seen close to half of the US states. I have driven in NYC and Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc, etc. In Asia, I was on my scooter up to 2 hours/day when I was still driving it. Out of discipline, (plus I am getting older and had 2 herniated disks and a pinched sciatic nerve years ago), I have chosen public transportation and refuse to renew my licence. (at least, at present)
    10. Maybe I am the one who is too austere or self disciplined, maybe I have become the most boring fellow in town and am some eccentric that some might laugh at. My point is that some degree of re-education in cult-ure at large, needs to take place, vis-a-vis guns and cars and so forth. If people are that afraid of their own government and law enforcing officials, then it is proof the system is failing. We, after all, elect them into power. I myself often don't feel safe when I see law enforcing people, whether they be administrators or bureaucrats or police, since there is corruption practically everywhere. I certainly don't feel safe if I know any mule out there can own a gun and with all the lunatics on medication, the low EQs present with anger control, etc, how many others might run to their gun to make their point in the future? Most terrorists have high IQs and some have graduate studies completed in engineering! Heck, some of them are so smart (in the manipulative, foxy deceptive way) they can out-run entire intelligence agencies of various countries combined; for years on end! So, it's not a question of IQ it is a question of EQ. Or, better worded, the heart. We all get angry and even Jesus got angry. It is healthy to get angry if it is for truth. However, some idiots in society get angry whenever someone contradicts them or challenges them and instead of dialoguing they resort to violence simply to win for the sake of winning. This, too, is true. There are plenty of wild savages out there. Someone must like violence, if sports, wars, movies, television programs are able to attract audiences. The programs need sponsors. Advertisers go where the market is. Therefore, cult-ure is to blame. And even though the his-story is there, is it not possible to get beyond some of those old paradigms of thinking and behaviors or are humans truly that stupid collectively speaking? If humans are that crazy, then what are we doing praying and hoping for peace, love, justice, every single time we attend a Catholic Mass? Any type of paper hand-out we receive on Sundays, upon entering or leaving the Church, usually has something to do with peace, forgiveness, love, justice, and so forth. I guess what I am trying to search for is an answer as to when will the world change? It seems to be ongoing repeated nonsense from one generation to the next. Plus, the nonsense exists the world over. The human condition is present regardless of religion, skin color, gender, national boundary, and so forth. I like sports, but many people view hockey and rugby as savagery. Boxing? It's insane. Wars? Senseless bloodbaths. Political debates? Most of it is one big waste of time and little more than a shouting match between inflated egomaniacs who are not in search for truth, but rather are seeking to win debates based on subjective ideologies. I once looked up to politicians in my youth, now I view them as inferiors! I am almost at the point of agreeing with some of my Japanese and Chinese friends who claim that truly intelligent people can't even possibly hope to survive in politics. Some even go as far as saying that truly intelligent people don't go into politics! (not my opinion, necessarily, but some believe this) Well, Plato actually wrote something similar but focussed more on the quality of character and morality of the person concerning this question. Plato himself once had political aspirations, but notice he chose the path of philosophy and political philosophy instead.
    11. Thank you, Bill Sr. Simply a few notes in the spirit of dialogue (not debate) seeking truth for the greater good.
    12. P.S.- I actually like many things about America. (especially the 'can do' old style entrepreneurial type of attitude from some of those older generations; so please don't imagine I do not like America. I wouldn't get so irritated if I disliked all of it, since indifference is indifference and produces neutral reactions. I am not neutral. Therefore, proof of caring for America is present. That's why I turn into a lazer from time to time. I also realize that America has the burden of being perceived as being #1, which is not easy. It is embarrassing being last, very comfortable being somewhere in the middle, and ducks flying in those first few lead positions of the formation face the most headwinds. Since America does get looked at so much, then let the good examples shine and the out-dated or lesser ones get dropped or realigned better when and where appropriate. I am still referring to gun control, but I suppose that last sentence could be applied to a more broad fluid like reality.)
    13. Just some thoughts and feelings, Bill Sr., but my comments are just that; they are not necessarily Gospel truth. I'm human, with an entry and exit date, like the other 7 plus billion souls on this planet. Who has a monopoly on full truth all the time? Nobody. I really like and appreciate this website. There are plenty of excellent writers, and commentators, present here. I am personally very appreciative of the fact that I discovered this website several years ago. It truly is informing, inspiring, and with me it ignites me so much that if I need a little extra jump in my step to feel connected to goodness; Catholiconline is like an extra shot of espresso inside my soul. And you, Bill Sr., are one of them. So, thank you. Merry Christmas to you, next week, from Asia. I'm assuming you are American? (most of my caucasian friends in Asia are American, just to be clear once more I am not one of these Canadians who bashes America out of a sense of inferiority complex. Canadian politics is nuts too, in my opinion. I spent the first 10 years in Asia promoting Canada. Now? Now, I promote the landscape, skies, waters, geography, oceans, mountains, deer, geese, northern lights; and REFUSE to promote Canada based on politics and cowardly political ideologies. My opinion of Canadians in general is low, at present. My opinion of myself and human nature in general is low. I consider myself an idiot because I too am part of this species of savages. As my Canadian friend in Asia put it: quite simple (referring to Canadians)). Yet, the average of the average Canadian is much higher than the average of the average American. ( I am not talking about the super-stars; super-stars the world over are in a league of their own) I mean, I have heard university educated Americans ask me if some provinces were cities in another province. I could list you the top 10 American cities off the top of my head when I was 14 years old. It hurts to state it, admit it, because it is what? True. Royal Canadian Air Farce is funny because it is pretty much true, often. Comedy is serious business. And if some Canadian politician reads this, good! It would take me about 10 minutes to turn inside out, upside down, any federal level politician at this point; if I can do it with people on a first name basis with some of the most brilliant minds inside the Vatican. I openly state, in writing, that I think Canadian politics and American politics stinks. I also think the same thing of Europe and Asia. No nation is perfect. No culture is perfect. This is planet earth, not heaven. I am just simply tired of junk praise, especially on societal levels. Junk praise can help people get through certains rough patches and growth stages in life. However, once at a certain level then junk praise needs to get thrown out and let us see reality where it is at to then try finding solutions. With eagles, they don't need endless junk praise. With eagles, if they are flying sideways, you tell them directly and ruthlessly honest in approach what the perceived problem is and why. Junk praise is o.k. for everyone some of the time. All the time? It produces delusional self inflated overly confident (in relation to the demands of the task at hand) people who risk being very shocked when they are faced with reality. If little Tom or Lisa get told their whole lives they are super special, beautiful, and brilliant; unless they are that special, beautiful, and brilliant they risk facing one heck of a brutal awakening around 30, or 40, or 50, or whenever the world might disagree. Junk praise, exaggerated, all the time, is setting people up for potential delusion. Build confidence, yes. However, it also needs to be shown and proven at some point that competence and capacity are present.
    14.a. Essentially, I despise most politicians (not all). Let this be clear. I am both wise and foolish enough to write it down publically. They are savages on the right side of the so called 'laws' getting paid with our money to then tell us how to live. Basically, I would rather converse with a bird and spiderweb in peace than to have to deal with Sophists and politicians. Now, you know more about my general essence. Someone who is quite honest and openly quite truthful has a much harder road to walk than a deceptive, politically correct, calculating strategist who simply figures out what works and what doesn't with little regard as to whether or not it is ethical. Heck, most job interviews and CVs/resumes are full of dung. Do people seeking jobs shine as much light on their faults as on their strengths? We all know the answer to that. I have considered passing my passport through the shredder, but I need one to travel. Besides, the politics in other countries is just as bad and often worse! What can I say, other than it is discouraging. (but not hopeless; at least I hope not otherwise what are we doing even bothering to try? If it is hopeless, then all people of good will are wasting their time and energies. True? True. I know it is not hopeless.)
    14.b. We will never find truth in politics. If we do, we can be almost certain that truth will be searched for in politics not for the greater good but rather to manipulate it to perceived political advantage. Right? Right. Cynical, but true. Enjoy your daily voyage through space on this 23.5 degree rotational axis ship called planet earth. (the planet of the apes)
    15. What are the solutions? And who is willing to implement them once they are known? Basically, it would take over 200 world leaders to get programmed according to Pope Benedict's and his many inner circle geniuses and wizards to carry out missions in unified agreed upon goodness. And it would have to be done, repeatedly, forever. Political leaders go to the funerals of Popes whenever they pass away, to then pass into laws inside their own nations things going directly against Catholicism. True? True. Humans crucified Jesus. Look at what they did to the apostles. Do you see 200 or so world leaders actively seeking and honestly searching to then implement what the Pope and his team of brilliant men would suggest anytime soon? I wish I could say "yes" and feel honest with myself, but sadly I honestly do not see this happening tomorrow. One day? Yes. But when? I doubt it will happen tomorrow. I honestly do not think the world will be perfect tomorrow. One day? Yes. Tomorrow? Sadly, no. So, what is there to do? Well, continue doing the work of Jesus as best we fallen sinners can. What else is there to do? Nothing. We must just keep moving towards that goal. What are the alternatives? I still have hope, but I am also a realist. I don't want to be a pollyanna who seeks to see only one side. I prefer searching for truth, seeing reality as it is, then moving along from there. Easy to write, to say, difficult to do. I struggle with it daily and probably fail most of the time as well.
    16. Thank you, Bill Sr., for having intellectual curiosity. There are plenty, the world over, including in Canada, who simply do not wish to discuss issues of importance. That alone is repulsive. Why? It is intellectual laziness, it has no intellectual integrity: it is basically stating that hockey, curling, Air Farce, golfing, snowmobiling, playing games, having fun, is more important than seeking truth. I find most people incredibly selfish. They seek happiness, while pursuing pleasure, to basically waste their lives on senseless frenetic busy-ness. A former U of Chicago president said something similar: the 3 f's were destroying the American college experience; fun, football, fraternities. Pleasures, games, stupid social gatherings and cluster henhouse-like mob clubs collecting similar minds not for truth seeking but rather for a sense of security. There is no courage in that. I view most of it as a complete waste of my time and energy at this point. Boring.
    17. Thanks for the shot of espresso, it warmed up my keyboard. Appreciated. Once again, Merry Christmas to you. There are plenty of good people on this site. That alone is encouraging. I love reading some of the articles put forth on this site. Super interesting. I'm critical, but I also give credit where and when credit is due. (as least, I try to; whether it gets perceived as such is another issue I suppose)
    Paul-Emile Leray

  2. Bill Sr.
    2 years ago

    Paul-Emile Leray

    Thanks for a really great sermon on what you think of some of our citizens. You have explained your thoughts quite eloquently. I agree with many of your points. Now if you have a moment read this from a gentleman "down under".

    Hi Yanks,
    I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down Under.
    It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.
    The first year results are now in:
    Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent,
    Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent;
    Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
    In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. (Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals still possess their guns!)
    While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are gua ranteed that their prey is unarmed.
    There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.
    Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in "successfully ridding Australian society of guns." You won't see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.
    The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.
    Take note Americans, before it's too late!
    Will you be one of the sheep to turn yours in?


  3. Paul-Emile Leray
    2 years ago

    1. The power of asking the right questions. Purify the quality of questions and the answers ought to flow naturally.
    2. Cult-ure is the biggest cult of all. (Abraham Maslov, in essence)
    3. His-story is subjective but can shed light on objective undeniable truths that are timeless.
    4. Some things that applied in the past are no longer as necessary today.
    5. Cowboys, horses, trails, guns. Humans, cars, freeways/interstates, guns. It seems humans and guns are still quite attached. Fear is powerful. If people were more at peace with themselves, silent within, in harmony, would they be so paranoid and afraid concerning themselves so much with the Mayan calendar and tin hats, arming themselves, buying endless life insurance, etc, etc. According to definitions coming from psychiatrists and psychologists, we are all suffering from one condition or another. I like simply calling it the human condition which logically followed original sin.
    6. If the heart and soul of cult-ure were deeply rooted in a harmonious integration of faith and reason, rooted in truth, with people educated in the sense of "educare", it would be a much different world.
    7. Some reports seem to suggest doctors and psychiatrists, along with educators, are part of this mess. There seems to be a lot of people in industrialized nations who take something for practically any little symptom of perceived imperfection they might have. And the big pharmaceutical corps love it. One big game and wheel of money, making people feel sick so as to keep the hospitals and institutions nice and full, thereby employing many. (Jesuit writer; paraphrased)
    8. People make heros out of boxers being paid millions to pound each other's heads into porridge, support Hollywood productions promoting endless violence, and then are surprised when some nutcase walks inside a theater or school with a gun?
    9. When I see males driving big gas guzzling 4 by 4 tanks built for war, with a love affair with guns, with a narcisstic self styled image passing themselves off as macho or tough; I don't see toughness at all. I see a weak, insecure, male who needs endless shields and layers to somehow get some level of perceived respect in society. What kind of an imbecile needs a big 4 by 4 in a place like Los Angeles when the most action his truck will ever see in that environment is carrying 2 loaves of bread, a milk carton, and set of golf clubs? Are there moose and wild grizzlies roaming around in large cities in America? Do people intend to shoot a deer on their way back home after 8 hours inside the cubicle in the office, to then slice it and BBQ it for the evening supper? There is food in the fridge, isn't there? Or, does it need to get shot down every day and hunted down as if we were still in the caveman hunter/gatherer days?
    10. I'm sick of all this macho big truck, gun loving, weight lifting, macho talk. Those guys aren't tough, they are immature low EQ and IQ insecure peacocking wimps likely out to impress some female who is just as stupid if she is that easily impressed.
    "Wow, look at those wheels, those muscles, that big gun, and listen to the sound of that engine!" If The Holy Spirit ever enlightened her, she'd jump out of the vehicle to save herself!
    Paul-Emile Leray

  4. Bill Sr.
    2 years ago

    I am not a gun owner and never have been. However, I am astounded that any American would want to deny his fellow citizens the right to own one of his choice.
    It is banded about that we have a gun culture. That is true and it should be obvious to anyone who has a good handle on our history as to why. It is the same rationale mankind used when we discovered the wheel; it works best for the purpose intended. And the intention for ninety-nine percent of gun purchases is either for hunting or protection.
    Protection means defending yourself and family from the wild and that includes the animal or human elements and we must add either the common criminal or a well armed government trooper on orders to round up dissenters.
    If this does not make sense to you, you have not been paying attention or too young to know how America became the greatest nation and force for peace in history.

  5. vance
    2 years ago

    The Hypocrite-in-Chief cried alligator tears over the Newtown massacre as the Abortion massacre continues at a million plus babies every year. It's sickening. This massacre is another product of the Culture of Death. It is a culture that Obama and his political party had invented and continues to promote and defend.

  6. Rose
    2 years ago

    Ryan, it takes longer than two minutes. Read some of David Barton's books on the Second Amendment and get an insight into the Founder's thoughts.
    Dr. John, why is it not the time to talk about attacks on the Second Amendment? The left started attacking it from the moment the news broke, any thoughts on that??

  7. Emanuel
    2 years ago

    @ Celso
    Why send me that? I'm not "pro choice", I do think that abortions are an abomination of today's society. However, my stance on abortion has nothing to do with the tragedy of Sandy Hook. Policies of the current president have nothing to do with it. And while it is hypocritical to lament about the death of these children, while promoting abortion as a medical treatment. It has nothing to do with the children lost to an act of random violence. Innocent life of 6 year old, or that of a unborn child, it doesn't matter, it's still a tragedy.

    My point is, and was from the first post, that we should not credit God with this, ever. That kind of thinking is wrong, plain and simple. It was wrong 500 years ago, and it is wrong now (an official Church stance). And while it's normal for our psyche to look for a reason of same "relative value" as the act itself, there was no higher goal, here. This was an act of Evil, and as such we cannot understand it, fathom it, or find a suitable explanation for it. Only thing that's left is prayer for all affected by it.

    And as a sign that evil has not won the day you can look at the video of a father who lost his child that day, giving a statement to the media and including the shooter in his prayers. I couldn't do it, at least I think I couldn't. But there he was, hours after a maniac gunned down his girl expressing his condolences to the family of the shooter, while half of the world had different words for him, and his family.

    Pax Vobis

  8. Tom McGuire
    2 years ago

    May 1927 in Bath Michigan a disgruntled school employee set fire to the local school killed 28 students, 4 adults and injured 58 others. The killing of children is part of our human history.

    I am reminded of the child, a first grader, who came to me a few years ago and told me his friend, his same age, had been killed because he used bad language. The child had been killed by a stray bullet fired in front of his house during a street gun battle. The death of that child did not bring outrage from the community. This African American's death was never even mentioned in the news.

    American culture loves violence. We cannot get enough from entertainment and sports. The need of one to dominate the other by means of force is glorified at every level of our society, even moral domination is glorified. My issues are more important than yours, my view of God is the right one, my way is the only way.

    What if we were to back off and examine how we live our lives. What do I do to dominate others? What do I do that violates the dignity of others? What do I do to glorify or support violence in thought, word or deed? We might come to a more reasonable way to protect our children. Jesus told Peter to put away the sword. Maybe Jesus is telling us to put away our swords! May God have mercy on us all.

  9. Celso
    2 years ago

    @ Emanuel: Here are some words of wisdom from Mother Theresa of Calcutta regarding the violence in our midst:No amount of articulation can justify sins. Let us all all humbly repent for our sinfulness and pray to God for the conversions of all abortionists, its advocates and supporters, gay marriage / euthanasia advocates and supporters for these are the sins that drag our nation down to the abbys of violence.

    Mother Theresa dared speak infront of then Pres. Bill Clinton,Hillary, Vice Pres. Al Gore, her wife (who were outspoken advocates/supporters of abortion) and Washington DCs dignitaries at the National Prayer Breakfast Meeting , the following, an excerpt of her speech:

    " But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.

    By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

    Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today -- abortion which brings people to such blindness."

  10. Allison
    2 years ago

    After reading this article, I am embarrassed to be considered a Catholic right along with this author. Thank God my parish does not preach partisanship and judgment like this piece does. God help you.

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