A Thanksgiving Day Marred by Police Brutality Reveals Another Aspect of the Culture of Death
which was never just about the murder of millions of children in the womb. More fundamentally, the "culture of death" reflects a certain attitude toward the human person. We are fools if we thought the arrogant and calloused attitude toward the unborn would not also be aimed at the rest of us.
What happened to Newman was not unusual. It could easily happen to any one of us anywhere at any time. Typically, an incident like Newman's can cost the victim thousands of dollars in medical expenses and legal fees. It establishes a criminal record and damages his or her reputation. It can cause psychological trauma and feelings of anger and hatred. It also destroys the bonds of trust between the public, the police and government.
This is not a healthy or acceptable way for us to live, and we must not tolerate it. If we want to be truly free and secure and live in peace, then we must demand that all laws and modes of governance are based on objectively verifiable standards which all of us can assent to through the use of reason. In addition, we must completely reject subjective or relative standards as the basis for our laws and their enforcement.
Jerald Newman, his wife and their grandson will never forget this past Thanksgiving Day. They will possibly be scarred for life as a result of this incident. We pray that the Newmans experience healing, and that their grandson will not grow up fearful. We also pray for the strength to combat all forms of injustice and evil when they confront us. Let us also ask Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of police officers, to help them stay true to their oath to serve and protect the public.
Michael Terheyden was born into a Catholic family, but that is not why he is a Catholic. He is a Catholic because he believes that truth is real, that it is beautiful and good, and that the fullness of truth is in the Catholic Church. However, he knows that God's grace operating throughout his life is the main reason he is a Catholic. He is greatly blessed to share his faith and his life with his beautiful wife, Dorothy. They have four grown children and three grandchildren.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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