Pro-life walk sending mixed messages or strong messages


At our Cathedral in Reno Nevada for this Advent Season, we have had a table set up for the annual Walk for Life in San Francisco on January 21 of 2012. The individual selling the tickets for this event carries her supplies in a “Republican National Committee” bag. Look at what this political part stands for.

Matthew 23:34-35

In US history, we have the Monongah Mine disaster of December 6, 1907, a disaster commemorated just two weeks ago. There was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911. We commemorated the centennial this year. There was the Titanic sinking which we will commemorate the centennial next year, 15 April. There was the Hamlet chicken fire of September 3, 1991, where 25 died and 54 were injured, trapped behind locked fire doors, as at the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. One political party did not learn the lessons of a century ago.

There was the Deepwater Horizon Disaster of 20 April, last year, like the Titanic, resulted in 11 workers dead and 16 others injured. The republicans apologized, not to the families of the people killed, or those affected by the spill, but to BP, for the hassle of the new regulations. There is also the Katrina Disaster where 2,000 people died due to cuts to infrastructure spending pushed by this Republican Party. The Republican Party still campaigns for cuts to infrastructure spending.

Some 42 people died in 5 coal mine related accidents during the republican Bush Administration. Only eight died during the Clinton Administration in one accident.

This Republican Party promotes a culture of death. Some 45,000 people die every year due to a lack of adequate health care. Some 5,000 workers die every year in industrial accidents caused by a lack of adequate regulations with 1,238,490 injuries each year. The republican solution is to cut regulations that would prevent even more deaths. Some 50.2 million people lived the living death of living in food-insecure households, including 17.2 million children. The republican solution is to cut funding to feed cloth and house these people. Better to “decrease the surplus population.” Better to put these people in orphanages and do away with the child labor laws, as Newt Gingrich, a republican, says.

At our Cathedral in Reno Nevada, we read about the great commissions, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, and Deuteronomy 30:19. Jesus quotes the first, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 in Mark 12:30. The great commission is to love God with all hearts, animate being, and measure. How do we love God? What do we give someone who already has everything? We respect what is his. We especially respect his image, in each other with all of our measure. We love God with our vote, with our community, and with our government.

Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us Torah is very near to us, in our hearts, and it is to promote life from conception to the grave, life lived in the image and likeness of God. The Pro-life Walk promoted at our Cathedral in Reno Nevada should promote that. Regrettably, the person selling tickets to this event chooses to send a mixed message, promoting a culture of death with her luggage and a culture of life with the Pro-life Walk. Let us promote life as made in the image of God.

How we live our lives reflects what we think of God and Jesus in the Eucharist

The republican counter argument to all of this is that it is all right to do all of these things, so long as the other political party does even worse. Our church teaches differently. In Section 14 of Part II of Humanae Vitae it states, “It is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it.” Humanae Vitae then quotes Romans 3:8. Those who argue that it is OK to do all the things related above because the other party is worse are like the children who argue, “But the kids down the street do it.” The typical parent’s counter argument is, but you are not the kid down the street. Are you a lemming who would jump off the bridge if the neighbor kid did? We have 126 Catholic colleges and universities graduating 70,000 students each year. We also have 26 Catholic law schools, and not a single graduate willing to promote the will of God?

In our Catholic tradition, we have the concept of mortal sin. Our Catechism of the Catholic Church section 1857 states, “For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.” All the deaths above are clearly a grave matter. They are all, also, if anything, over reported in the news. If we vote for the candidates voting for these things, it is with deliberate consent. Unless there is another quote in the Catechism adding a fourth category, we must assume voting for this kind of thing and the people who support it is a mortal sin.

We need to ask those who identify as Catholic republicans, how many people must suffer, how many people must die before they have enough? Ezekiel 18:32 states, “כִּי לֹא אֶחְפֹּץ בְּמוֹת הַמֵּת, נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה. I do not desire any death says the Master the Personal Name.” For God the number is zero. What is the number for the republicans? What is their definition of basic right and wrong?

At our Cathedral in Reno Nevada, we read about the great commissions, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, and Deuteronomy 30:19. Jesus quotes the first, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 in Mark 12:30. The great commission is to love God with all hearts, animate being, and measure. How do we love God? What do we give someone who already has everything? We respect what is his. We especially respect his image, in each other with all of our measure. We love God with our vote, with our community, and with our government.

Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us Torah is very near to us, in our hearts, and it is to promote life from conception to the grave, life lived in the image and likeness of God. The Pro-life Walk promoted at our Cathedral in Reno Nevada should promote that. Regrettably, the person selling tickets to this event chooses to send a mixed message, promoting a culture of death with her luggage and a culture of life with the Pro-life Walk. Let us promote life as made in the image of God.

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