Stanek: Life Will Not Go On
Barack Obama was elected president despite the fact he supports abortion into the fourth trimester…. Either the 63 million people voting for him didn’t know about his radical record, which includes abandoning abortion survivors to die, didn’t care, or didn’t believe it. Meanwhile all three state pro-life initiatives failed Tuesday…. And both state anti-life initiatives passed…. Altogether, this means we are fooling ourselves if we think the United States is still a Christian nation. Its people just elected a barbarian as president, authorized the killing of both its youngest and sickest, rejected scientific fact that human life begins at conception, blocked parental intervention of abortions of young girls, and voted down the wording of an abortion ban they said only two years ago they would support.
America can be called a culture with Christian roots, but its Christian ethos has been significantly eroded. One other thing. Obama’s election means Roe v. Wade has been taken off the table for the next 20 or 30 years. Throughout his four- to eight-year tenure, Obama will nominate at least two or three young Supreme Court justices to ensure the majority continues to agree with that decision, forcing the continued legality of abortion on all 50 states for decades…
Catholic theologian Dr. Monica Miller thinks Obama’s boldness shook U.S. bishops up.
“I’ve been waiting 35 years to see vigorous, uncompromising statements from the bishops on abortion,” Monica told me. “With this election, we had a concerted, bold speaking out of almost 100 of 300 U.S. bishops. There have been several bishops’ documents going back 20 years or more. These are decent documents, but they can be interpreted in such a way by Catholics who want to justify a vote for a pro-abortion candidate. These bishops’ statements sought to close those loopholes. They were saying nothing outweighs the killing of innocent human life by abortion.
Yet almost half of all Catholics still voted for Obama, indicating edicts alone won’t work. Only consistent church teaching that breaks through deadened consciences on the horror of abortion in conjunction with education on the godly confines of sexual behavior will do.
My Thoughts: Today we have many Catholics and those of other faiths who call themselves Christians, but who are Christians in name only — our newly elected Vice President Joe Biden being a primary example (after Obama). Here in Kansas, we have “Catholic in name only” Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who sells her soul in exchange for late-term abortionist George Tiller’s blood money. Each of us is guilty to a lesser extent of abandoning the innocent, voiceless victims of abortion. We have become a pagan nation, whose main interests and motivations are self satisfaction. Pro-life work is not the task that should be relegated to just a few, but it is the responsibility of all. As Christians, God has chosen each one of us to uphold our Christian values and to preach not only by our words, but by our actions. We are no better than the Aztec culture who sacrificed human lives to the gods, cutting out their hearts. What will it take for people to open up their eyes to the horrors of the holocaust that surrounds us?
I believe that the responsibility for upholding life lies on the shoulders of each one of us. Each of us will have to answer to God for what we did and for what we failed to do. Those lay people in positions of leadership, influencing the public, create a scandal when they ignore the teachings of the Church on the sanctity of human life, and should be strictly barred from receiving the Holy Eucharist. When their sinful behavior is condoned and the sacrament is desecrated, they are dragging souls with them to Hell.
Consistent Church teaching and education on human life is essential. People need guidance and direction from their Shepherds and some, even today, don’t receive it. In the past, particularly in the era in which I grew up, it was not given. Today there are many more education programs and resources available, but I also believe that priests need to speak out more from the pulpit about this and be strongly supported by their Bishops in doing so.
I was so happy and grateful to see 112+ US Bishops speak out for human life in this election. However, the truth is that many people refuse to listen and remain apathetic. Education –consistent teaching, and the exercise of Church authority will help to a certain extent, but what will make a difference is when each one of us answers God’s call to give totally of ourselves –through prayer and fasting, frequenting the sacraments, and participation in Eucharistic Adoration. We need to be pro-active in our daily lives by our example. When we lead holy lives and refuse to make compromises with the culture of death, it is only then that hearts and souls will be converted to the Lord.