This death wish has marched toward its logical and inexorable conclusion with little opposition from leaders--political, legal, or religious. The world knows the Catholic Church and any self-respecting and faithful Christian roundly reject abortion and all of the other nails in the coffin of contemporary society, but the defense of life has been weak. Weak leadership, whether in society in general, or in the Church in particular, is punishment for sin. The Old Covenant has examples enough of the Chosen People being turned over to exile and their enemies because of infidelity. They lamented, We have no priest, prophet, or king. These were taken away because of infidelity. In recent times large numbers of Catholics and other Christians rejected Pope Paul VIs landmark and prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae, on Human Life. A majority of the bishops of Canada did so publicly, formally, and in writing with their infamous Winnipeg Statement.
The great Archbishop Fulton Sheen lamented bitterly in the 1970s that the prophetic spirit of Christ had all but been extinguished in the contemporary Church. Today there are many CEOs, all too few Apostles. Are we afraid of a fight? Do we fear rejection, misunderstanding, or derision? Are we cowed and intimidated by fallacious notions of the separation of Church and state? Could we be afraid of persecution? Could we be afraid of losing our tax-exempt status? Have we declared détente with evil?
Would that the bishops of this country take the time to read this rather than just a few of us lowly laypeople.
Catholics and Protestants alike need to stand united against abortion and other sins of our nation. If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything, as the saying goes. Every generation seems to grow weaker and more liberal. Church isn’t as important to them as it was to us growing up. God help us all.