03 August 2015

Reality: It Can Be Hard to Face

Hilary White has been an excellent writer and reporter on Catholic issues for a long while now. But her recent opinion pieces at The Remnant have been beyond excellent.  Today, she takes on the "nice" pro-lifers who deplore showing the visual evidence of the brutality of Planned Parenthood, and their aiders and abetters in the Catholic Episcopacy. I mean, where is the organised USCCB outrage against the traffic in murdered-baby body parts?

You may have seen the term lately "cuckservative", to describe that odious crowd of high-profile, profiteering "conservatives" who make money by not making waves and simply earn checks by losing the battle for country and culture.  You can read more here (but beware some vulgarity in language).

In the more important arena of the faith, neo-Catholics fill this vital, opposition-squelching role for the powers and principalities of this present darkness. Miss White uses Cardinal O'Malley's recent remarks as the jumping off place:

…In the middle of all this fun and frivolity, someone sent me the full text of the comment from Sean Cardinal O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston and a member of Pope Francis’ privy council of nine cardinals. Suddenly, our just-for-fun parody wasn’t as funny:

    Pope Francis has called abortion the product of a widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many. The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues though abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the present public controversy.

    If the Planned Parenthood news coverage has caused anyone to experience revived trauma from their own involvement in abortion, be assured that any and all persons will be welcomed with compassion and assistance though the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel. If you or someone you know would like confidential, nonjudgmental help, please visit [Project Rachel website].

“Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life…” For some reason, the image popped into my mind of a sound engineer in a recording studio, saying to the good cardinal in his humble Franciscan habit, “That was great, your eminence. Can we do it once more, and this time get it a little more monotone? I think we could go a little more bland…”

[…]Broadly, the pro-life movement can be divided into two distinct categories: those with deep empathy for emotional pain and who are gravely concerned about the suffering of women experiencing unplanned pregnancies, who gently and delicately suggest that abortion might not be the very best choice for women, and want to encourage them to seek more life-affirming alternatives; and those who want to see the law reflect the reality that abortion is an unholy crime of the willful and grisly murder of a totally innocent person, and who hold that one of the best ways to return the world to a semblance of moral sanity is to demonstrate the hideous realities of it in forthright and undeniable terms. Guess which one I was.

And I’m going to venture that we can pretty easily guess which one Cardinal O’Malley is, along with nearly all the other members of his episcopal species. To men of this stripe, particularly clerics who have little contact with women other than professional lobbyists, it seems unthinkable that it might need to be said that women who abort are themselves morally complicit in this crime. The idea of the screeching and howling that would ensue should they make even a suggestion of this is probably the stuff of their worst nightmares.

[…]Frankly, I was disgusted with the good cardinal’s message, particularly the craven second paragraph. It demonstrates everything I’ve always said about the strain of thinking in the pro-life movement that strives more to give cover to the guilty than to actually save anyone’s lives or souls. The fact that he has used the release of these videos as a pretext to get a stab in against the people who work every day to stop abortions from happening by demonstrating their reality, is one of the more vile examples of episcopal cowardice and self-serving I’ve yet seen.

Dear Cardinal Sean, please allow me to clarify something that you might have missed: the reason women suffer emotionally after abortion is that they become aware of having committed an unthinkable, unspeakable crime, wanton murder – and in a most horrifying fashion – of their own child. The “suffering” one experiences after being confronted with that reality is indeed acute. But your not-very-veiled suggestion that those who release the videos are guilty of some offence against such women is to suggest that the reality should never be spoken or shown, and that the world, and the guilty women, are better off never being confronted with that reality.

[…]The revelations have so shaken the Planned Parenthood Goliath that they are running for the cover of a crisis management PR firm. The movement in the US Congress to remove their half-billion a year of public funding – which would effectively shut them down – has never had so much momentum. Four short, horrifying videos, and it might just bring down the world’s largest purveyor of the Culture of Death, a global titan of the Sexual Revolution.

The princes of the Church can act as though this is a bad thing because someone out there might be shocked into the realization of what she has done. In fact, I hope they continue issuing statements that reveal their real orientation; not that of Christ with the penitent Magdalene, but that of a modern politician desperate to protect his own popularity – Herod, in short, frantic to silence an aggravating voice of truth.

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