Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Pro-life sermons

I got this e-mail yesterday:

"Dear Pro-Life Friend, When was the last time you heard a pro-life homily?"

That's easy. Never. You? Also, only one sermon on marriage--in about 70 years (don't remember those before that). So let's not blame the unbelievers, or the "liberals."

I can find good Catholic sermons on the internet on the purposes in God's creation and sexuality--just wish we had them in our tradition. The Catholic church is the only institution in the world strong enough to stand up to governments (although in some countries it cooperates with government), and in the U.S. I'm afraid it too will be silenced. Our churches, Protestant and Catholic, need more attention to the first 4-5 centuries of the church to see how to deal with a pagan culture and remain true to Christ.

"A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace." John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae

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