Editorials

The Sane Thing to Do

Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed more states coming to the realization that life begins at conception, and thus signing fetal heartbeat bills, making it illegal to abort a child in the womb once a heartbeat is detected. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, was the latest governor to sign such a bill into law.

The outcry has been overwhelming from those who hold that a woman has the right to choose to abort her child. Actress Alyssa Milano, among others, has been calling for a “no-sex” strike by women until the laws are overturned, and some companies in the entertainment industry are considering ending TV and movie production in Georgia.

Even though our own New York state is becoming known world-wide as the bloodiest place in the United States for the unborn, most people of sound mind understand that life begins at conception and will defend that life, especially if the mother wishes to bring that life to term. How can it be that a fetus is an invasion, if it is not wanted, but be also a  future birth to be celebrated, if the child in the womb is wanted?

Again, people who are rational – who respect the truth that life begins at conception – recognize the right to life and the dignity of the mother and the child. May God bless those states that have come forward to respect the right to life, doing what is right, logical, just and, indeed, sane. Pray for us here in New York. We have a long way to go before we do the right thing.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand – Taking the Faith Seriously?

Presidential candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) told Iowa Public Radio in a May 29 interview that she believes that the Catholic Church is wrong on three issues, namely the ordination of women, the recognition of same-sex marriage and abortion.

“I think [the Church] is wrong on those three issues,” Gillibrand said. “And I don’t think they’re supported by the Gospel or the Bible in any way. I just – I don’t see it, and I go to two Bible studies a week. I take my faith really seriously.”

Clearly, the senator is uninformed and mostly likely, poorly catechized. She can go to as many Bible studies a week as she wants, but she does not understand that the Deposit of Divine Revelation is found in both fonts, namely Sacred Scripture, and Sacred Tradition. Clearly, the senator does not seem to understand that there is something more than just a contextual theology, one that changes according to the prevailing norms of the culture.

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