Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with great joy that we have welcomed the reversal of Roe v Wade on June 24, 2022. We are still in the dawn of that decision and there is still much more to come. As we embrace for resistance and more extreme measures to permit “abortion on demand” from the individual states that still allow abortion, it is clear that it is no longer a constitutional right under the Constitution of the United States of America. Critics of the overturning of Roe V. Wade have stated that this decision has been political or due to the conservative majority of the Supreme Court judges. I believe that it is important to distinguish what is someone’s right to what people would like to do (what they believe to be their “right”). The two cannot become one, although it is happening everywhere nowadays. The fact that people would like to terminate their pregnancy, change their sex, or what comes next does not make it their “right,” only because they want and claim it as their “right.”
Surely our society is still moving forward in progress in certain aspects, but regarding others it seems that it is regressing. Recently we experienced the general outcry when the right to life of George Floyd was denied. Regardless of his previous actions that led up to his arrest and death, no one had the right to take his life. Surely under certain aspects of the law, it could have been interpreted permissible, as unfortunately still happens, but it is wrong nonetheless. Imagine, God forbid, if segregation of people because of their skin color returned as law. Because certain people may believe that their race is superior than others, it does not give them the right to diminish their dignity as human beings or eliminate their personhood. Something very similar is happening here regarding the right to abortion, where some people hold that there is no life in a woman’s womb. A person’s life does not begin at birth, it begins at the moment of conception. Therefore, it does not give them the right to terminate their pregnancy. There are extreme cases where they pushed that line so far to the point where if a baby survives a botched abortion, it is permissible for that child to die. No longer is a case of whether a “group of cells” constitutes life, but it’s a real
Part of the problem at hand is the relativism that is deep-rooted in our world. There is no more an absolute Truth. Everything depends on someone’s point of view. Surely there is room for different perspectives; however, there are also absolute Truths that cannot be denied, such as the right to life. Those Truths will always remain the same, regardless of time, country, or civilization. Indeed, once they are compromised, they will be the reason for the downfall of a nation or empire, as we have seen so many times in history.
The bottom line according to many philosophers is that today there is a clear denial of God. Once we re-move God from the equation, then we become God ourselves. We have the power to decide what the truth is and who lives and who dies. We recreate the human race to be whatever we desire. If the whole world were not created by God, as a part of a loving plan to save us, as we hear in Genesis, then there would be no rules. There would be no absolute Truth. Everything will depend on the moment in which the power of the envious decide how to rule the rest. There will no longer be a “Republic with a democratic process under God,” but an aristocracy at best. Therefore, we need to tread these waters very carefully. Once people are denied their basic “inalienable rights,” then everything else becomes fair game.
Let us pray to the Lord that He may guide our society as we approach the midterm elections. The reversal of abortion was only the first of many battles that we will face. In the Gospel Jesus sends us “as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents, and as innocent as doves. (Mt 10:16)
Father Steven Clemence