Father Stefan reflects on Pope Francis ‘Joy of the Gospel’ Concern for the vulnerable

Pope Francis connects killing the unborn baby and our throw away culture. He writes, “The food that we throw away could feed the entire world.” He writes, ‘Nothing is resolved by taking a life..Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question of abortion..this is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernization.’ It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life..We have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing withing them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty, who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?..Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.” John Paul II always said so beautifully that we are to use things and love people. A throw away culture loves things and uses people. May we learn to love persons and use things.

A common slogan among those who work for peace is, “A violation of human rights anywhere is a threat everywhere.” We need to protect everyone basic human rights. Where does this start? It begins with first protecting the life of the unborn baby in the womb. If we can see the humanity of the unborn baby than we have a logical framework to see the basic human rights of every person.

We read in the catechism, “In the presence of Christ, who is truth itself. the truth of each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare. The last judgment will reveal even to the furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life: Augustine says, ‘All that the wicked do is recorded, and they do not know. When ‘our God comes, he does not keep silence.. he will turn toward those at his left hand:..’ I placed my poor little ones on earth for you. I as their head was seated in heaven at the right hand of the my father-but on earth my members were suffering, my members on earth were in need. If you gave anything to my members, what you gave would reach their Head. Would that you had known that my little ones were in need when I placed them on earth for you and appointed them your stewards to bring your good work into my treasury. But you have placed nothing in their hand: there for you have have found nothing in my presence.'”(1039)



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