|I Thought You Should Know: Save
|Bishop Robert Hermann
Archdiocesan Administrator, Saint Louis, Missouri
|October 10, 2008
Save our children! More than anything else, this election is about
saving our children or killing our children. This life issue is the
overriding issue facing each of us in this coming election. All other
issues, including the economy, have to take second place to the issue of
Save our children! Many people in Germany supported Hitler for economic
reasons even though, as his programs advanced, he put to death millions
of Jewish people. He ended up wrecking the economy together with the
country of Germany.
How are we different if we vote for pro-abortion candidates for office?
How can we help change our political and legal situation to protect
innocent children and support a culture of life?
Save our children! When I speak to some so-called good Catholics, I am
shocked that they are quite ready to vote for a pro-abortion candidate
under almost any circumstance. I find this hard to understand. We have
heard the word "abortion" so often that perhaps we no longer associate
procured abortion with the killing of children, yet that is what it is.
The term itself can be misleading. The dictionary tells us that it comes
from a Latin word that means "to disappear or to miscarry." Sometimes
abortions simply happen because of natural causes. That is why this word
abortion, for many people, apparently does not really connote the
destruction of children. When a human agent induces an abortion, that
human agent is taking the life of one of our children.
Save our children! How can a so-called good Catholic vote for a
candidate that supports laws that take the life of innocent children,
when there is an alternative? If there were two candidates who supported
abortion, but not equally, we would have the obligation to mitigate the
evil by voting for the less-permissive candidate.
Save our children! How can a so-called good Catholic vote for a
candidate that supports laws that justify the killing of a child that
survived a botched abortion? How can such a so-called good Catholic
receive the Holy Eucharist?
In Chapter 10 of St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he states:
"The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the
Blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in
the body of Christ? ... You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and also
the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and of
the table of demons."
Save our children! Have some of our so-called good Catholics become so
hardened against the Gospel of Life that they believe that other issues
outweigh the Gospel of Life? Have some of our so-called good Catholics
put politics ahead of the Fifth Commandment, in which God states: "Thou
shalt not kill"? Do some of our so-called good Catholics, who may go to
Mass every Sunday and receive the Holy Eucharist, really believe that
voting for a pro-abortion candidate, when there is a clear alternative
and therefore no justifiable reason for so doing, is really not voting
to have children killed? This election is all about saving our children!
Save our children! I have no doubt that there may be some so-called good
Catholics who are reading this column and who may be really angry about
now. I ask the question "Why would such a person be angry?" If we do
good deeds, then our conscience is at peace. If we do evil deeds, then
our conscience bothers us. It is my hope that this column will lead some
of our so-called good Catholics to study the Catholic Catechism.
Save our children! Some of our so-called good Catholics may have
hardened their hearts against the real understanding of induced
abortions, that they can no longer see that this involves the
destruction of our children. "If today you hear his voice, harden not
Save our children! Supporting induced abortions is not the greatest sin
in the world. A greater sin is the refusal to repent of such a serious
crime or the denial that this involves the killing of innocent children.
Save our children! I have used this terminology again and again to
penetrate the defenses of anyone who in the past may have put personal,
economic or political interests above the issue of saving our children.
The right to life is our most fundamental right, and to defend this
right on behalf of the most vulnerable is a great privilege and is worth
giving one’s life for. Policemen and firemen always risk their lives to
save human life. Why should we not risk our own reputation to save our
Save our children! You can see by now that I do not believe that this
column by itself will change hearts. The issue of abortion involves
serious sin, and to overcome serious patterns of sin requires grace. If
you are still with me, may I suggest that you join me and many others in
praying the daily Rosary from now until election day for the sake of
life. Why not pray the family Rosary every night between now and the
general election. The Rosary brought down the Iron Curtain. It can also
help us turn around the culture of death to a culture of life.
Save our so-called good Catholics who ignore Catholic moral principles
when applied to our political life. Pray the family Rosary daily. Pray
the family Rosary for our so-called good Catholics who could use your
love and your charity. Pray for our so-called good Catholics who ignore
serious Catholic moral teachings and still receive Holy Communion. Love
them by praying the family Rosary for them. Don’t debate with them.
Intercede for them. Praying for them is more fun than fighting with
Save our children and save our so-called good Catholics who have
abandoned Church teachings in favor of personal gain. Pray the Rosary.
Pray it every day. Get the whole family to pray the Rosary daily. Prayer
is more powerful than contentious arguments. Spread the word to other
families. In praying the Rosary, children’s votes count as much as adult
votes. Sometimes they pray with purer hearts than we do. If you are
disgusted with the TV news, then turn it off and turn on the prayer
Internet. What we hear in prayer leaves us in peace. When we pray for
our country and for our fellow citizens, we are filled with peace. St.
Paul tells us that our warfare is not against flesh and blood, but
against the principalities and powers and the spirits of darkness.
Prayer is our protection. Let it also be a protection for our country.
If you want to make Satan angry, pray the Rosary for the sake of Life.
Pray that as a nation we will choose leaders that will say ‘no’ to the
culture of death and say ‘yes’ to the culture of life. Save our
children! Pray the Rosary!
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