Today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
This is an uncomfortable topic to discuss.
I want to try to deal with it appropriately.
It is important to explain
what we believe, and why.
We’ve all heard the saying, I think,
about “the elephant in the room.”
So often, we have an awkward situation,
and rather than confront it,
we work around it, we try to ignore it.
After awhile, we get used to it;
somebody comes in, and shakes his head:
“what’s wrong with you?
There’s an elephant in the room,
and you act as though you don’t see it!”
Maybe you think I’m talking about abortion;
I am; but it’s much bigger than that.
I’m talking about that popular idea, “Choice.”
I love choices! Don’t we all?
What’s wrong with “choice”?
The problem is when we elevate “choice”
above everything else.
Because what we’re really doing
is elevating ourselves—
the one who makes the choice.
The result is corruption:
Corruption of the truth,
Corruption of our ability
to reason as moral people;
Corruption of people themselves.
Let me show what I mean.
If a couple says,
“We just found out
we’re going to have a baby!”
A single word seemingly changes everything:
Is that baby human? Is he or she precious?
Should we, as a society, protect babies?
Of course! It’s a foolish question.
But take the same situation, same facts—
but change one key word:
“we found out we have a choice…”
Somehow, choice changes everything,
even reality itself!
The baby stops being a baby;
The value of a human being
is turned off and on
like a light switch.
Here’s what we’re all told:
“Who are you to say that’s a baby?
That should be”—
wait for it…”an individual choice.”
If only it were so easy!
The obvious, terrible consequence
is the loss of unborn children’s lives:
more than a million every year.
But the corruption goes farther.
Notice what is happening
in the medical profession.
Doctors are supposed to be healers;
Instead, they merely help us “choose”—
regardless of the consequence.
So—in Oregon, doctors
prescribe drugs to kill people!
Another horror of this idolatry of “choice”
is what happens to people with disabilities.
Did you know you don’t meet
as many people with Downs Syndrome?
90% of children, diagnosed before birth
with Downs Syndrome, are aborted.
Nine out of ten!
It goes even further.
Sometimes we say,
“How people live their lives is their choice”—
meaning, “I don’t have to warn you—
I don’t have to try to save your soul!”
Look at the debate about marriage:
Whatever you choose, is fine:
two men, two women;
leave one marriage, and start another.
What matters above all is choice:
Not our identity as men and women;
Not the commitments we’ve already made;
Not what God asks of us.
Notice how the false god of choice
corrupts everything it touches.
And choice is a false god—
it betrays and abandons
all who trust in it.
And no one knows that better than millions
of men and women who bear the unseen,
unacknowledged wounds left by abortion.
Many will say, “you made your choice”—
and walk away.
Sometimes what they hear from prolife folks,
from the Church, does not sound welcoming.
When Jonah brought a tough message to Nineveh,
it wasn’t to condemn, but to save!
When St. Paul says, “time is running out,”
He says that, not to condemn, but to save!
Christ himself said:
I came, not to condemn, but to save!
Every time we celebrate the Mass,
we experience once again
the mystery of our faith,
that Christ died to save us!
That’s why its so important
we celebrate Mass again,
and again, and again!
Christ died once for all;
But we need lots of reminders!
We need to know his mercy endures forever!
If you need that healing—
there are people who can help you.
is an organization that exists
to help heal anyone, men or women,
injured by abortion.
The Elizabeth New Life Center
in Dayton is a resource.
We’ve had information in the bulletin;
if you missed it, you can find them online,
or simply give the office a call.
If I can help, I will.
Call me, and we’ll talk confidentially.
I began by saying,
this is an uncomfortable subject.
There’s one more reason it’s uncomfortable:
because we may wonder,
“does this mean I have to do something?
Do I have to change?”
I suppose Andrew and Peter, James and John,
might have asked the same question,
looking at their nets,
just before they dropped them.
And—if you’re even asking the question,
you already know the answer!