Again, we are being forced to endure another manifestation of what Pope Francis means when he says ours is a “throwaway culture” as legislation recently passed in New York and that being considered in other states would permit a baby to be aborted at nine months. I add my voice to that of Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities who, in a recent statement, said this legislation is evil, pure and simple.
It’s not our place to play creator. Being Catholic entails a greater responsibility. We recognize God’s creative work from the moment of conception. It is not our place to decide these things – it never was and it never will be. God is the creator and we are not.
I encourage everyone to pray that the world grows in its respect for life, from conception to natural death, and to build awareness to reaffirm the Gospel teaching about the gift of life. As the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities from the U.S. Catholic Bishops reminds us, “Only with prayer — prayer that storms the heavens for justice and mercy, prayer that cleanses our hearts and souls — will the culture of death that surrounds us today be replaced with a culture of life.”
Archbishop Naumann implores, “Now is the time for all Catholics—bishops, priests, and laity—to fight for the unborn with renewed vigor. We must educate family, friends, legislators, fellow citizens about how it is never necessary to intentionally kill unborn children in order to save their mothers.”
Pope Francis reminds us we are to be witnesses of life. May the Holy Spirit be with us each of us as we work with resolve to protect for the most vulnerable among us, especially unborn children and their mothers.