FANNING ANTI-CATHOLIC FLAMES
by Judie Brown
Frances Kissling of Catholics for a Free Choice recently claimed that Pope
John Paul II was opposing abortion and artificial birth control (i.e.
population control) because money was at stake, money she alleges the
Church is likely to acquire only if American foreign dollars no longer go
for the funding of abortion and contraception. Kissling says, "They need
Catholics for a Free Choice has spoken out repeatedly against Catholic
teaching on abortion and birth control. Thus, we should not find it too
outrageous that CFFC's Kissling has pulled another argument from her bag
of anti-Catholic harangues against the Church she claims as her own.
And while we are discussing Catholic-bashing, it was the National
Organization for Women's (NOW) Executive Vice-President Kim Gandy who
recently said, "The suggestion that people may not want to 'pay' for
someone else to have an abortion is a bogus issue. My neighbor may not
want to pay for your lung cancer, particularly if you're a smoker."
She was referring, of course, to the United States Catholic bishops'
adamant opposition to any health care reform package that includes
abortion as a "benefit." Though Catholic bishops recognize abortion as an
act that destroys a child and wounds a mother, NOW sees it as a "woman's
Why all the fuss? Well, when the Catholic Church speaks out against crimes
against humanity ¾ which is exactly what abortion is and what
contraception leads to ¾ dissenters can not attack the moral teaching of
the Church, for that is nearly 2,000 years old and has been consistent
during all that time, but they can attack the Church's shepherds,
including the Holy Father and those bishops who, in union with him, preach
the truth, teach the truth and stand up for that truth, even when it is
not politically correct to do so.
Because these men of God represent so many millions of people in America
and around the world, it becomes necessary for the pro-aborts to set up
straw men, scream about their rights as women who cherish the ability to
kill children in the womb and then impute to these men motives that have
absolutely nothing to do with the truth.
But, what is really sad about these feminist zealots is not what they say,
but that the major media give them credence by reporting their comments.
For if they were to make such statements into a vacuum of non- media
attention, no one would hear from them. Sadly, however, the media concur
in their hysterical claims, choose to fan the flames of anti-Catholic bias
by reporting what is said, editorializing about it and then questioning
whether or not Roman Catholic leaders have any right to speak in the first
place when it comes to matters of foreign or national health policy.
Of course Church leaders do. Let us recognize above all else that the
Roman Catholic Church has always taught that the act of abortion takes the
life of an innocent human being created in the image and likeness of God
and that this act is an abominable sin against the laws of God. The fact
that the United States Supreme Court has ruled that this crime against
humanity is no longer punishable by law does not mean that this same court
has also altered one of the Ten Commandments.
The Church has an obligation to speak out and to encourage others to do
the same when a court of law rules against innocent human beings and their
right to life. The Church is obliged to insist on absolute respect for all
innocent human beings regardless of what the media report, regardless of
what the president's policies may be, regardless of what abortion
advocates may say. After all, the truth is never altered by opinion polls
or network coverage. It certainly may be distorted, or in many cases,
completely ignored, but the truth is still what it has always been, and
that includes the truth that abortion kills a person.
And why does the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, speak out so consistently
and articulately against the practice of contraception and the act of
abortion? Merely because it is his opinion that these things are morally
wrong? No. The pope is obliged to speak the truths of the Roman Catholic
faith, as they have always been and as they are now. You see, no matter
how many special interest groups are involved, no matter how many polls
are taken, no matter how many well-funded foundation study groups are
spawned, the teaching will not change because it can not change.
Let us not forget that as Christ is the same yesterday, today and
tomorrow, so too are the truths He taught, which are the deposit of faith
within the Roman Catholic Church, and are the same yesterday, today and
tomorrow. Thank God for that. Brown is president of the American Life
This article appeared in the August 4, 1994 issue of "The Arlington
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