|Shrine of Immaculate Conception, March for Life 2015|
The butchered liturgy, the paedophelia scandals, the absence of faith in even the clergy.
Yet, in the midst, of all of this despair, there is one issue upon which the Church always appears sure-footed and unapologetic, inspired even. That issue is abortion, regardless of how a small minority bow to those who claim concern regarding it is a reason for people being driven away from the faith. Focusing on the discussions that take place regarding the modern phenomenon of commercial infanticide is seen as a pathological and counter-productive obsession, when in reality it is anything but.
As Solomon confronted two claimants of a child's motherhood with the stark choice of what human life was, so too is our task as blatant as any other. The threat to tear a child in half, to tear it apart, frightened the genuine mother, whilst creating disinterest in the imposter. As the wombs of millions of women ring out each year with the unspeakable injustice of the murder of a defenseless individual, too tiny to utter a sound that could ever express the horror at their mother's act of debasement, there is only one voice consistently present when there are gatherings of pro-life supporters.
That voice is our One Holy Apostolic Church. While some, such as Cardinal O' Malley, want to dilute the message of being pro-life by saying that it also means helping the poor, the rest of us know why it is such a powerful means of rallying those who miss the point on other aspects of Church teaching. It is the murder of a child, it is the callous and cowardly act of bludgeoning them to death in the womb. Only the Church offers an unequivocal condemnation of this shameful occurrence.
All life is precious, all life is a gift from God. People will eventually come around to the truth about abortion, not because we say it to them in a way that seeks to avoid upsetting or offending them, in some sinister law of graduality adaptation that lets millions of children die every year. Instead, it will come simply because of what it is, true.
Life is wonderful, I am so thankful that God made me. I should hate to think that anyone else should be denied the opportunity to ever exclaim or feel the same thing. Up to 500,000 attended today's March for Life in the United States, right at the centre of the events was the Catholic Church, in all of its life-affirming glory as laity, clergy and children joined together in a spirit of thankfulness for Our Lord's gift of life.
In a world where 56 million (yes, that many) Americans have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade, one needs to look at the flimsy reasons and self-delusion surrounding those who commit them. Disabilities, gender selection and self-interest to name but a few. We must persevere , for the sake of these poor unfortunate souls who could easily have been us.
For all of the confusion in the Church today, let us be thankful that there are so many who still see sense on this issue. As long as there is that, there is the possibility of drawing more sinners back to the faith. Like Dorothy Day, we invite them not to feel loathing for the condemnation of a terrible sin that they committed, but instead we ask them to pursue God's love through prayer and a lifetime's good works. As for those who still value their pro-abortion stance. As Fulton Sheen once said
Evil has its hour, but God has His day.
The supreme adventure is being born.
There we do walk suddenly into a splendid and startling trap. There we do see something of which we have not dreamed before. Our father and mother do lie in wait for us and leap out on us, like brigands from a bush. Our uncle is a surprise. Our aunt is, in the beautiful common expression, a bolt from the blue. When we step into the family, by the act of being born, we do step into a world which is incalculable, into a world which has its own strange laws, into a world which could do without us, into a world that we have not made. In other words, when we step into the family we step into a fairy-tale.”
—G.K. Chesterton, from his essay “On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family”.