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Saturday, September 5, 2015

God's Law and human dignity. Cardinal DiNardo issues a reminder.

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Cardinal Dinardo issued this letter yesterday.
Twenty years ago, Pope St. John Paul II wrote in his Encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (the Gospel of Life) that “whatever is opposed to life itself… whatever violates the integrity of the human person … whatever insults human dignity … are infamies indeed. They poison human society, and they do more harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer from the injury (Those who are persecuted might lose their jobs, might be imprisoned and/or perhaps lose their lives. The persecutors lose their souls.). Moreover, they (i.e., those aforementioned infamies or violations of human dignity) are a supreme dishonor to the Creator". Abortion, like other acts of indignity against the human person, is opposed to human life and is a violation of the law of God. Pope St. John XIII warned that those who violate [God’s] laws not only offend the divine majesty and degrade themselves and humanity, they also sap the vitality of the political community of which they are members”.
These Papal (prophetic?) pronouncements leave one with an ominous feeling in the light of the recent videos that were released by the Center for Medical Progress, in which some executives from Planned Parenthood Inc. were shown to be discussing the sale of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts that were harvested from abortions. One such video included staff at a Houston clinic discussing the relationship between altering abortion procedures to obtain the most intact organs and their associated costs.
That Planned Parenthood Inc. claims that these atrocities are permissible under federal law is indicative of a moral breakdown in our society and shows “the immoral depths to which some segments of our society continue to fall”. We implore on well-meaning individuals everywhere to unite in our denunciation of these horrendous acts and call on the federal and local government not to pay a blind eye to these allegations, but to launch formal investigations into “the organ harvesting claims” against Planned Parenthood in light of these videos so that evil may not prevail.

by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo.
To defenders of the sanctity of human life frustrated by the unwillingness of a considerable portion of a generation to stop behaving inhumanely, Cardinal DiNardo's reminder is about as close to a prelate calling down the wrath of God upon a decadent nation as any person of faith and conscience might hope for in an age of nicey-nice. That is not to say the Cardinal is member of the club of lukewarm believers. The faithful Cardinal's letter is anything but limp. He has prudently chosen to avoid unnecessary hyperbole by communicating context. Cardinal DiNardo draws on the unimpeachable witness of two saintly popes who observed and challenged atrocities in their day as evil as those now denounced by Cardinal DiNardo.

One might expect that certain crassly behaved folk might mock the Cardinal's brief commentary. They are the same folk for whom we daily pray that they will abandon their attacks on human life and human dignity.

His Eminence might respond to his critics with verses 7 and 8 from the sixth chapter of St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians:
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
Saint Paul's reminder continues with a note of encouragement to the faithful (vss 9 and 10):
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

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