Editorial: Newtown is Our Town. Mourning the Massacre, Considering America's Culture of Death
evil, wondered how he could not see the obvious contradiction in his selective empathy. This is the man who would not even oppose the Born Alive Infant protection Act when he served in the Illinois Senate. This is the President who has led the most Anti-Right to Life administration in US history.
As we reflect on this tragedy as a Nation, we are asking the right questions. We must continue to do so. We are properly realizing that those twenty children are our children. We are realizing that they - and the eight adults who were killed along with them - are also our neighbors. However, it is the brutality of the killing of the children which has shaken us to the core. We must acknowledge the truth. These dear ones, whose faces will soon be revealed to all of us as we mourn their brutal killing together, were also our children - and our neighbors - when they resided in the first home of the whole human race, their mother's womb.
Medical science has confirmed what our conscience already knew and the Natural Law has long confirmed; the child in the womb is one of us, our neighbor. Our 3D and 4D sonogram technology has made it possible to take babyīs first picture and send it as a birth announcement or place it on a Face Book or My Space page or send it through our Social Networks. We marvel at the image of those little babies at the early stages of what is a lifetime of development for every human being.
However, we then use that same technology to direct the weapons of warfare which dismember them in the womb and kill them. We do not want to see those pictures. With the introduction of "baby's first picture" we watch these children smile, play, feel pain and grow. These 3 and 4d images are becoming more and more prevalent throughout the social media. They are regularly showing up on television commercials.
We surgically operate on these first neighbors in the womb when they are in need of medical attention. We then put them back in their home and allow them to continue to grow so they can be healthier upon their birth. We know they are members of our human family. All of these advances have "humanized" the child to an increasing number of people who once bought the lie of those who promoted abortion as "choice". Whether a child is "wanted" has become the sole criterion for whether he or she has a right to life. The notion of "violability" is falling down as children are surviving earlier and earlier births. Besides which, none of us are ever "viable" , if that elusive word means we are able to survive on our own. We are all dependent upon one another because we were fashioned that way. Events like the massacre in Newtown make that so very clear.
It becomes harder and harder to deny that the children in the womb are our neighbors. The Orwellian Newspeak of "Choice" is growing stale and tired. The wind is out of its sails. Some choices are always and everywhere wrong, and the taking of innocent human life in at the top of the list. We were awakened to that truth on Friday, December 14, 2012, when twenty children were killed. Those children and the children killed every day in the womb are equally precious. It is always wrong to take innocent human life and we all know it.
Decent people are beginning to recognize this and indecent people are having a hard time defending their choice to kill our youngest neighbor. As I use this expression "first neighbors" in my pro-life work people inevitably ask the questions that open the door to my being able to explain this truth. These children have no voice except our own. They are killed by chemicals and surgical strikes - all currently protected by the police power of the State. They have no power to resist the killing without our help. Since 1973 over 55 million lives, in the United States of America alone, have been taken in procured abortions. The number throughout the world is staggering and can be viewed here.
I know that some will read my editorial and criticize my use of this National tragedy to bring up what they will seek to call a "religious" or "political" issue. However, I am convinced that as America reflects on this National tragedy she is reaching down into her National Soul and will recognize what matters most, the dignity, beauty and wonder of every single human life at every age and stage. That is why the Churches of Newtown were filled with mourners and vigils were held throughout the town. We know.
Newtown is Our Town. We are connected to those children. We are connected to all children.
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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.
Keywords: Newtown, Connecticut, Sandy Hook Elementary, culture of death, abortion, Right to Life, Dawn Hochsprung, Adam Lanza, Culture of Death, Deacon Keith Fournier
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