Ordinary of the Mass
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Chair of Unity Octave Prayer
Five Eight Five Eight Six Two Five Six.
That’s something over fifty-eight and a half milliom dead children since the
“legalization” of abortion by the U.S, Supreme Court on this date, forty‑four
years ago, in 1973. In spite of the Right to Life being the first of the
“unalienable rights” enumerated in our Declaration of Independence that Kangaroo
Court, claimed to somehow found the right to kill your baby in the U.S.
Constitution. Of course it is not there, and no one has been able to provide a
copy of it with the words “right to kill” underlined or highlighted.
Last year, clueless Barack Obama issued
a statement celebrating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade as a wonderful thing,
grounded in the idea that government should not intervene in the personal
affairs of its citizens.
That, in itself, is a joke, for never in history have we had a more intrusive
government, doing less and less to protect the wellbeing of Americans. Innocent
children are put to death while dangerous criminals run lose. Obama pardons
turkeys and terrorists, but not the most innocent.
Obama wrote that “In America, every
single one of us deserves the rights, freedoms, and opportunities to fulfill our
dreams,” seemingly oblivious to the fact that nearly sixty-million Americans
have been denied all of their “rights, freedoms … and dreams.” Had Roe v. Wade
come a few years earlier (say in 1960) there is a good chance that there would
be no Barack Obama to live his “rights, freedoms … and dreams.” Actually, Kenya
has comparatively strict abortion laws.
It is fairly certain that the Natural
Law principles in our Declaration of Independence trace back at least to
Cardinal Saint Robert Bellarmine, of whose writings Thomas Jefferson was aware.
But the right to life was recognized thousands of years before Christ.
The CODE OF HAMMURABI (c. 1800 B.C.) fined the man who destroyed an
unborn child by striking a pregnant woman…. In the ASSYRIAN CODE (c.
1500 B.C) infliction of the lash and public service were imposed upon
the man who caused an abortion by striking a woman with child. It is
worth noting that in both the CODE OF HAMMURABI and the Assyrian law, an
unborn fetus was considered a human being.
In the VENDIDAD of ancient Persia, the woman with child was admonished
not to destroy the fruit of conception.... If she failed to heed this
warning, both she and the father of the child were held to be guilty of
willful murder The guilt of the crime was imputed also to the person who
supplied the abortifacient drugs ….
The Hippocratic Oath, an ancient
statement of medical ethics, dates to at least 300 B.C. and forbids the
administration of medicine calculated to cause abortion or to kill any living
human being. The invocation of the Greek gods indicates that the author knew
these regulations to come from divinity.
Our Declaration of Independence was
written to justify our revolt against the British Crown. In part it states
All men are created equal … they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any
Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the
People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government….
That is to say that governments which
deny the unalienable rights are not legitimate governments, and are subject to
replacement by one that is legitimate. We shall see what the new regime will
bring to Washington.
Much of modern attack on human life is
based on false science. Around the time of Roe v. Wade, a man named Paul
Ehrlich wrote a book titled The Population Bomb. It accused the Church
of opposing “modern science” with its prohibitions on abortion and birth
control. The Earth’s population was then about three billion, and Ehrlich
predicted impending worldwide starvation, with the planet unable to feed and
clothe so many. Today we are getting close to eight‑billion people, and we are
better off than when the number was less than half a billion. The earth was
made by God for humankind. The more people there are, the more goods that can
be produced—the more people there are, that many more human minds there are to
discover and utilize new resources.
Ehrlich and what he called “modern
science” were flat out wrong. (Perhaps that is why Pope Francis’ Pontifical
Academy of Science invited him to a Vatican conference on “Biological
Extinction” “How to Save the Natural World.”)
Actual modern science has demonstrated
that life begins at conception, and that the newly conceived child has the full
complement of the human genome. And let us not forget that a living human being
has an immortal soul that should be given the opportunity to spend eternity in
the Beatific Vision of God. Every child is a child of God.
So, on this day of national shame,
please join with the millions of other pro-life people in praying for a new
found sense of respect for every human life from conception to natural death.