Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

5/30/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Whether in China or in the United States of America, the practice of infant exposure has returned.

A Chinese baby boy was rescued by firefighters from a sewer pipe.His parents tried to flush him down the toilet because they did not want him. Other children just like him are abandoned after birth in China. This modern practice of infant exposure is rarely reported. It is also happening in the West. The Chinese baby saved from the sewer pipe and the infanticide of Kermit Gosnell point us toward our mission in this hour.  We need to study our past and pave the way to the future. We need to learn to stand together - we will need one another.

The Chinese baby boy was recued from a sewer pipe.

The Chinese baby boy was recued from a sewer pipe.

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/30/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: abortion, infanticide, infant exposure, Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, Kermit Gosnell, culture of life, Right to life, Planned Parenthood, Deacon Keith Fournier


CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - Media reports are filled with the story of the Chinese baby boy who was rescued by firefighters from a sewer pipe in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province.His parents tried to flush him down the toilet because they did not want him.

The little boy weighs six pounds. The placenta was still attached to his body when he was rescued by firefighters.

They received a call from neighbors who heard a child crying in the sewer pipe attached to a public toilet in a Chinese apartment complex. His foot was visible. Due to the hard work of the rescue workers and the medical personnel, the little boy has survived.   

However, other children just like him are abandoned after birth in China. This modern practice of infant exposure is rarely reported. The Chinese regime is also known for its forced abortion policies. I wrote about last year here

The treatment of children as commodities in China, products to be accumulated only with the permission of the Central Government, seems horribly unjust to western observers, and rightly so. However, at its root, is it really all that different than the current abortion culture of the West?

In the West, the Regime does not issue a permit allowing a couple to conceive. Instead the so called abortion right, created out of whole cloth by unelected Judges, is now enforced by the Police Power of the State.

This unjust civil law violates the Natural Law Right to Life of every child and allows the parents to secure the services of a medical professional to take their life in the womb for any reason, up to and including the ninth month of pregnancy, if he or she is not wanted. The costs will soon be covered by Obamacare.

This intentional killing of the child can be done through any number of means from dismemberment, to suction or chemical weapons which are administered in utero. The brutality of these procedures is hidden behind the wall of the womb, once the safest place on earth.

Just this month a jury handed down a guilty verdict in the finally much publicized trial of the abortionist Kermit Gosnell who killed children after they were born in his house of horrors in Philadelphia, PA.  

He murdered those children by what he called snipping, severing their spinal cord with surgical scissors which he inserted into the back of their necks. Testimony revealed that he did this to hundreds of other children. He kept their parts in jars and freezers.   

Initially, there was a blackout on the Gosnell trial in the main stream media. Most of the American media has denied the truth about what happens in every procured abortion for so long that even this obvious example of infanticide outside of the womb did not seem important to report. 

The defenders of the Right to Life in the United States exposed the bias of the media through the use of alternative media sources. In the gruesome testimony and graphic evidence presented at trial, what happens in every procured abortion was made clear.  It is no different than what happens in China.

Both incidents reveal that the practice of infant exposure has returned. The term refers to killing children who are not wanted by exposing them to the elements. It was practiced in other dark times in history. As Christians, we need to understand our history. We have been here before. We are sent into cultures of death to transform them from within.

There is an ancient Christian manuscript entitled The Letter to Diognetus from the second century. It contains insights on the way the early Christians viewed their relationship to the culture of their age. It was addressed to an anonymous inquirer into the Christian faith. Its importance is underscored in by the fact that it was favored by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council and has been quoted quite often since then. 

The letter offers a foundation for explaining the role of the Church in the Modern world. It is cited in the Catechism of the Catholic Church in its excellent treatment of the duties of citizenship (CCC 2234-2246). It is regularly referred to in social encyclicals.

It demonstrates that the conditions which we face as Christians at the beginning of the Third Christian Millennium are not that different than those faced by our brothers and sisters as they were called to transform the cultures of the First Millennium.

This is very important to know. There is a tendency among Christians to forget our history. Among the practices the early Christians opposed were primitive forms of abortion and infant exposure. The letter recounts this concerning the lifestyle of the Christians of those days:

*****
Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men.

And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens.

Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them. They share their meals, but not their wives. They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh.

They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law. Christians love all men, but all men persecute them. Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again.

They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of everything. They suffer dishonor, but that is their glory. They are defamed, but vindicated. A blessing is their answer to abuse, deference their response to insult. To speak in general terms, we may say that the Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body.

*****

I have often heard contemporary western Christians opine that we are living in a post-Christian or even a post-modernist age. I choose to use a different language. We are living in a pre-Christian age. We are living in a new missionary age.

Whether in China or in the United States of America, the practice of infant exposure has returned.

We must expose it, oppose it and propose a new way of living to a world which has lost its soul and is dying. Before they were called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26) the early followers of Jesus Christ were referred to as the Way.

In recounting his own conversion the Apostle Paul writes of having persecuted this Way (Acts 22: 3-16) prior to his encounter with the Risen Lord on the Road to Damascus. This expression the Way reveals a profoundly important aspect of the understanding of the early Christians concerning their identity and mission.

They believed that the Christian faith demanded a new way of living in the midst of the world. It still does. Do we understand this? Do we live differently? Are we willing to be persecuted for doing so like the early Christians?

The Chinese baby saved from the sewer pipe and the infanticide of Kermit Gosnell point us toward our mission in this hour.  We need to implore the Lord for the grace we need in the days ahead to live it out courageously. We need to study our past and pave the way to the future. We need to learn to stand together - we will need one another.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

More 'plane debris' possibly discovered on Reunion Island - Is it from MH370 or from a trash bin? Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went missing in March 2014 over the Indian Ocean, never to be seen again... until maybe now, that is. Last week, a wing part, known as a flaperon from a Boeing 777 was found washed up on Reunion Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. ... continue reading


Did this mysterious piece of debris come from the doomed ghost-flight MH370? (PHOTOS) Watch

Image of The doomed MH370 in this file photo. What caused the plane to disappear? Was it an accident, a suicide or a hijacking? A newly discovered piece of debris could provide a clue.

By Catholic Online, (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

French and Malaysian aviation officials have met in France to investigate a piece of debris suspected to be torn from the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. It is possible other debris will wash ashore in the coming days.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Conspiracy theorists try to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of Malaysian Air Flight MH370 - Did terrorists plant the discovered plane debris as a distraction? Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Since the recent discovery of plane wreckage on an Indian Ocean island, conspiracy theorists have formulated several attempts to provide an answer to the mysterious disappearing of Malaysian Air Flight MH370. Some even claim the discovered debris was planted there by ... continue reading


Dancing lights in Japanese sky spark concern over alien life Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Ten bright lights spotted above the sky in Osaka City, Japan, were recorded and posted online. Within the two-minute clip, the lights appeared to be dancing, puzzling those who viewed the video as to whether alien life is visiting us or the recording is merely a hoax. ... continue reading


Piece of Flight MH370? Mysterious plane debris washes up on Indian Ocean island that could be missing Malaysian MH370 Watch

Image of A sand sculpture urging all to pray for MH370.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Photos of what could be a piece of the missing Malaysian Air Flight MH370 have surfaced over the internet. The photo, posted on Twitter, appear to "a plane flap or wing that had washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island," according to Fox News. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


HOUSE OF HORRORS: 97 bodies of children, adults found stacked inside ancient Chinese house Watch

Image of In trying to determine the sudden influx of dead bodies, researchers came to one conclusion. The dead came in faster than they could be buried in a village that contained dozens of small, one-room houses.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Researchers are baffled in a recent grisly discovery in northeast China. A small, 210 square-foot home in a prehistoric village has yielded 97 skeletons of men, women, and children. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 5,000-year-old home housed the skeletal remains ... continue reading


Chinese Christians protest 'evil Communist campaign' to destroy crosses Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Christian leaders have set up demonstrations in eastern China to take a stand against the "evil" campaign to eliminate crosses; a plan many see as a coordinated Communist party attack on their religion. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - No less than 1,200 ... continue reading


Military combats return to Japan after seven decades of strict restrictions Watch

Image of

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the first time in 70 years, Japan's military will now have limited powers to participate in military activities concerning conflicts, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe triumphed over public demonstrations and oppositions against the new legislation. The Prime Minister ... continue reading


Tibetan Monk Delek Rinpoche cremated in Chinese prison against family's wishes Watch

Image of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died in prison and was then cremated against public wishes.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Tibetan Monk, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's body has been cremated against the will of his family in a secret Chinese prison. Prior to the cremation, protests erupted after news that the Monk was killed while in prison. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Famous Siberian 60-meter deep crater mystery solved Watch

Image of Yamal crater B-1 not caused by meteor as previously thought.

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A "never observed" process that has puzzled Russian scientists is now understood. Through an expedition last week, researchers found out that the massively large holes, appearing in Siberia, are not actually caused by large meteorites but a former mound of land covered ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Numbers 12:1-13
1 Miriam, and Aaron too, criticised Moses over the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 6-7, 12-13
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 14:22-36
22 And at once he made the disciples get into the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 4th, 2015 Image

St. John Vianney
August 4: St. John Vianney, Priest (Patron of priests) Feast day - August ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter