Friday, October 3, 2008

Words to Live By - Or Not

Here’s a test. What Catholic News Service columnist said this -

February 18, 2008
. . .When Catholic answers challenge unlimited claims of personal autonomy that disregard innocent life, the Catholic perspective can be expected to be shunned.

February 11, 2008
Thirty-five years before was one of the darkest days in American history, for on that day in 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court had the temerity to presume -- for the second time in its history -- that it could define the essence of the human person.

The stark memory of this judicial hubris seemed especially poignant this year since by happenstance we honored the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. only a day earlier. Rev. King's nonviolent courage overcame the dehumanization of the black man and woman that had also been declared by the Supreme Court a century before the abortion ruling.

In dreaming his dream, Rev. King spoke and dreamt for us all. But the victims of what the late Supreme Court Justice Byron White called "an exercise of raw judicial power" have too often not had a voice capable of being heard or a dream capable of being realized.

The voice and dreams of millions of unborn children have not been heard since the court pronounced that state laws limiting the life-taking horror we hide with the term "abortion" were unconstitutional. . .

. . .Life itself loses its just protection when those who are given the honor of being called "Justice" render to us neither justice nor law, but only personal preference.

To whomever we decide to give the awesome responsibility and privilege of serving as the next U.S. president, let this solemn promise never be breached again: Those appointed to the federal bench shall fully affirm the Declaration of Independence when it proclaims life to be an "unalienable right."

In the words of Catholic University's president, Vincentian Father David M. O'Connell, "Our greatest strength is our Catholic identity, for it gives form and substance, shape and direction to all that we do as a university."

Washington may be broken, and in the matter of abortion it is broken in spirit, but the day when all persons -- born and unborn -- will be acknowledged as created equal may not be far off.

December 17, 2007
Henry Hyde, the long-serving U.S. Congressman, died recently at age 83. There are many reasons to praise Hyde's public service, but the most significant was his unswerving defense of human life. The Hyde Amendment which bars federal funding for abortions is an important, and one can hope lasting, legacy.

May 30, 2007
Mother's Day has come a month early to the U.S. Supreme Court. In mid-April, the court upheld Congress's prohibition of partial-birth abortion. A practice bordering, if not mimicking, infanticide has been put largely off limits. . .

. . .The Supreme Court's Mother's Day gift? Rejection of the pernicious idea that women can only achieve by standing upon the graves of their unborn children.

And the answer is - Doug Kmiec - apologist in chief for the position that voting for a candidate who promises to repeal every law curtailing abortion and to place only Roe supporting judges on the Supreme Court is a vote for the unborn.

Today, you can find Kmiec here. And what's even more bizarre than the title of that website is that Kmiec is still syndicated here.