Friday, November 03, 2006

You Wouldn't Even Ask

If a candidate who supported terrorism asked for your vote, would you say, "I disagree with you on terrorism, but where do you stand on other issues?"

I doubt it.

In fact, if a terrorism sympathizer presented him/herself for your vote, you would immediately know that such a position disqualifies the candidate for public office -- no matter how good he or she may be on other issues. The horror of terrorism dwarfs whatever good might be found in the candidate's plan for housing, education, or health care. Regarding those plans, you wouldn't even ask.

So why do so many people say, "This candidate favors legal abortion. I disagree. But I'm voting for this person because she has good ideas about health care (or some other issue)."

Such a position makes no sense whatsoever, unless one is completely blind to the violence of abortion. That, of course, is the problem. But we need only see what abortion looks like, or read descriptions from the abortionists themselves, and the evidence is clear. (USA Today refused to sell me space for an ad that quoted abortionists describing their work because the readers would be traumatized just by the words!)

Abortion is no less violent than terrorism. Any candidate who says abortion should be kept legal disqualifies him/herself from public service. We need look no further, we need pay no attention to what that candidate says on other issues. Support for abortion is enough for us to decide not to vote for such a person.

Pope John Paul II put it this way: "Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination" (Christifideles Laici, 1988).

False and illusory. Those are strong and clear words that call for our further reflection.

"I stand for adequate and comprehensive health care." So far, so good. But as soon as you say that a procedure that tears the arms off of little babies is part of "health care," then your understanding of the term "health care" is obviously quite different from the actual meaning of the words. In short, you lose credibility. Your claim to health care is "illusory." It sounds good, but is in fact destructive, because it masks an act of violence.

"My plan for adequate housing will succeed." Fine. But what are houses for, if not for people to live in them? If you allow the killing of the children who would otherwise live in those houses, how am I supposed to get excited by your housing project?

It's easy to get confused by all the arguments in an election year. But if you start by asking where candidates stand on abortion, you can eliminate a lot of other questions you needn't even ask.

By: Fr. Frank Pavone
Director, Priests for Life International
Priests for Life

5 Comments:

Blogger Hadley V. Baxendale said...

Aurora, I've been saying this for years. Thanks for putting it in clear and consise words. I'm always amazed at how many liberal Catholics and Evangelicals vote for pro-abortion candidates but what's more amazing is how they never have an explanation for it that even satisfies themselves.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Aurora Dies Incommodum said...

Just to be clear, those are the words of Father Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life International.

Let's hope Micheal Steele wins tomorrow. It will be a great victory for our state, and the nation.

1:50 PM  
Blogger caterina maria said...

Aurora,
(Catching up on the blogs today!)

Are you interested in praying the Rosary in front of Planned Parenthood with me? We may have to stand back a bit off the sidewalk, but I'd be willing to do it on a regular basis. Just a peaceful rosary on behalf of the babies being aborted (not there, though they can arrange for them there) and the souls of women, who may be going there for birth control as well.
There may be others as well who would like to do this.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Aurora Dies Incommodum said...

caterina: sounds good! What do you propose, monthly, weekly, biweekly. It's great to do, but practicalities are always the issue. Would be good to do a lead-up to it on the blogs, perhaps with some history of the rosary and examples of miracles attributed to it?

10:37 AM  
Blogger caterina maria said...

It might be a good idea to do it weekly. I heard of a woman who was going over on Wednesday mornings, but don't know if she is still doing it. Any day of the week is okay with me, and if there are enough who want to turn out and there are schedule conflicts, we could have different days, with different leaders.
The history of the Rosary is a good idea, and the miracles associated with are so many. I think of the Battle of Lepanto.
The protestant fear of the Rosary as "meaningless repetition" can also be addressed. This fear has infected many Catholics as well. The Rosary is really the school of the Gospel.
I have some rosaries I've made to bring along for anyone who doesn't have one. Suggest a day to start and we can go from there!

11:11 AM  

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