“If God be for us, who is against us?” (Romans, 8:31)
As we enter 2003, we live in the realization that our world has changed. In the aftermath of September 11, foundations of our modernity are shaken and our way of life threatened.
Politically we live amid wars and rumors of wars where civilizations clash and enemies proliferate. Corporate scandals serve as economic earthquakes that rumble over our globalized economies spreading uncertainty and insecurity.
Worse than these perspectives are the moral and spiritual crises that shake the foundations of our country and undermine the anti-abortion legal and peaceful fight so heroically waged these past thirty years.
Abortion: an Offense Against God
This 30th Annual March for Life is a vibrant testimony by those who reject the murder of innocents. This year’s theme, “Affirm the Sanctity of Each Human Life by Word or Deed,” only serves to highlight the fact that abortion is never a mere personal choice but a grave offense against God and His creation.
The anti-abortion struggle has always been a religious battle and foremost in its ranks have been Catholics across the country. This is because the Church’s teachings on abortion are clear and unequivocal: Abortion is murder. There are no exceptions allowed, no compromises possible.
The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) is proud to join with so many American Catholics who have been a monolithic force at the service of the anti-abortion struggle.
Scandals Rock This Monolithic Force
However, the foundations of this great force were shaken by the recent sexual-abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church in America. There are those who would use this crisis to claim that all bishops and priests have lost their moral authority. They would question the Church’s credibility and consequently its right to speak on behalf of the preborn.
We reject this claim.
We do not deny that the sexual-abuse crisis and its cover-up are real, and demand practical and drastic solutions. Indeed, any sexual abuse committed against a child or minor is abominable, and when clergy and pederasty are involved, the crime is further aggravated.1
However, this crisis does not negate the teachings of two thousand years. The sins of the Church’s human members do not sully the sanctity of the Church, Her sacraments, doctrine, or institutions.
We further reject a media blitz that misrepresents the Church portraying Her not as a Divine institution but as a corrupt and morally bankrupt organization that abuses its members and suppresses all opposition.
Finally, we do not accept the demands of pressure groups inside the Church itself who have capitalized on the crisis to push their own liberal agenda and democratic reforms which contradict Church teachings. They propose a veritable revolution that calls on the Church to change its governing structures, abolish priestly celibacy, and introduce women priests. They further propose to alter the Church’s moral teachings on birth control, divorce, homosexuality, and even abortion.
Cynical Double Standards
Many are the voices from the liberal media that cry out against sexual-abuse. Many are the critics who would pull down the Church’s governing structures as their proposed “solution.”
Yet these same voices are strangely silent when confronting the moral crisis affecting society as a whole. They apply a cynical double standard when dealing with the abuses resulting from the homosexual agenda, abortion, or rampant pornography.
They shed no tears for the preborn who must suffer the ultimate abuse of death. They refuse to recognize the fact that with abortion there are no survivors,2 only victims.
Defending the Church, Defending the Preborn
Providing a much needed perspective in defense of the Church, the American TFP has just published the book, I Have Weathered Other Storms — A Response to the Scandals and Democratic Reforms that Threaten the Catholic Church. The 188-page book seeks to dispel the confusion and the climate of intense emotion that has warped the debate.
More importantly, it reaffirms the teachings of the Church giving Catholics the elements to take the initiative and proudly defend their Faith amid the raging storm.
By refuting false alternatives and raising high the standards of Catholic morality, we can be assured that the Catholic Church is and will remain a monolithic voice in defense of the preborn.
Therefore, as we participate in this 30th March for Life, we do so confident that God and His Moral Law cannot change. No media blitz or furious scandal can shake our convictions. We confide in God Who, through the special intercession of the Mother of all mothers, the Blessed Virgin Mary, will bless our efforts. We will weather the present storm and we will continue to walk firmly toward victory over abortion and all the evils that lead to it.
- Those who abuse merit the severe words of Our Lord: “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea…” (Matt. 18:6)
- Pressure groups are using the term “survivor” to refer to sexual abuse victims and push their liberal agenda.