Several Catholic Senators recently voted against protecting the lives of babies born alive after botched late-term abortions, even after hearing impassioned pleas and descriptions of the suffering these precious babies go through. Sadly, many Catholics were not even aware of the vote.
The Church is very clear on abortion – there is no gray area. These Senators not only ignored the abortion issue; they took it one step further by allowing a child born alive to die. I find it reprehensible leaders of the church are doing nothing but making statements. Words mean nothing if not followed by action. These Senators should be held accountable….they should be denied the Eucharist at a minimum, but excommunication is clearly indicated. They have not only violated their faith but took it upon themselves to be God…deciding who will live and who will die.
Church leaders, including parish priests, are becoming complicit in the culture of death. Their silence and inaction are signs of consent – consent to be a Cafeteria Catholic and consent to sin. Their silence is saying it’s okay to support a political party even though it promotes the killing of innocent children.
Our church leaders MUST step forward. They MUST not only speak out for life but also hold those in legislative positions accountable for violating their faith and cultivating the culture of death. Parish priests MUST instruct those in the pews where the Church stands on abortion, regardless if it is uncomfortable or perceived as too controversial. How else can people make moral, faith-based decisions when deciding on who they want to legislate and lead our country?
If nothing is done, no one will be safe … no life will be respected. What is happening to these precious children born alive after botched abortions will eventually happen to newborns who might not be perfect – such as having a disability/disease, deformation or something as minor as a birthmark. It will happen to others as well … the disabled, those with psychiatric issues, the elderly or anyone that is considered inconvenient.