On Roe v. Wade anniversary, reflect on Pope's words

January 21, 2014 

Since the secular press pretty much picks and chooses what they want to report about the teachings of Pope Francis, I want to confirm that he firmly declared abortion to be morally wrong this month.

He is absolutely in line with previous popes. Here is a quote from his immediate predecessor, which is certainly worth thinking about as we commemorate Jan. 22, the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Pope Benedict states: "The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right -- it is the very opposite. It is a deep wound in society."

To elaborate on this deep wound, here are the words of Blessed Theresa of Calcutta: "America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe V. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts -- a child -- as a competitor, an intrusion, as an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human beings entitlement by reason of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign."

Please pray to end abortion.

Dorothy Feder

Belleville

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