The Apostolate of the Laity

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I am just a sinner who holds fast to the notion that every human being on the planet is the result of a thought of God.

Sunday, January 14, 2007


It's been hard finding time to write this last week. It was one of those weeks where in addition to my regular nine-to-five job, I had something going on every evening, nearly all if it church related. I'm deep into planning two events. The first is a prayer service marking the anniversary of Roe Vs Wade which happens on January 22nd. The second event is a presentation of John Paul II's Theology of the Body as presented (via video series) by Christopher West. That starts on February 1st. I'm the chief planner for the Roe V Wade event for the simple reason that I said I would versus any assessment of real ability. I'm relying heavily on the guidence of the Holy Spirit and of course the help of some beautiful people at our church.

So thus far, it's taken you about twenty-four seconds to read this post. And during that amount of time, on average, one woman in America has had an abortion. It takes less than a minute for two innocent lives whom we as a nation have decided are either too small, too dependent, or just too inconvenient to be determined worthy of our most basic right...the right to simply exist.

"I do not read the court's holdings today as having the sweeping consequences attributed to them by the dissenting justices; the dissenting views discount the reality that the vast majority of physicians observe the standards of their profession, and act only on the basis of carefully deliberated medical judgments relating to life and health. Plainly, the court today rejects any claim that the requires abortions on demand."

That was what Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote in his concurring opinion in the Roe Vs Wade case. He was right in that the vast majority of physicians do observe the standards of their profession, but it only has taken a small minority of doctors to kill more than 47 million babies since Justice Burger wrote those words.

"Elaborate argument is hardly necessary to demonstrate that childbirth may deprive a woman of her preferred lifestyle and force upon her a radically different and undesired future."

Those were the words of Justice William Douglas in his concurring opinion. Again, truth is expressed here, though the judge totally ignores that the child may find getting sliced and diced in his mother's womb less than preferable and being killed is certainly not a desired future is it?

"I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the court's judgment. The court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes."

Justice Byron White authored his dissenting opinion as one of only two justices that sided for the defendant. William Rehnquist was the other judge who sided for Wade. What happens when the highest court in the land begins writing law from the bench instead of interpreting it? In this case, the result has been nothing short of a national tragedy.

Linda Coffee, one of the lead attornies for the plaintiff, Roe, clearly has little remorse for the consequences of this decision. In a recent interview she stated:

"I would have guessed the question of abortion would be pretty passé now. I thought there would be more progress in birth control by now."

Alrighty, then. Coffee is now a bankruptcy attorney in Dallas.

The clock keeps ticking. How many seconds has it taken you to read this entire post? Divide that by 24. That's how many babies have been murdered. 3,600 per day. Is this a great country, or what?

So are you okay with that? Do you sleep okay knowing that 1.3 million babies are uncermoniously disposed of every year in these United States? The answer is likely, "yes." It's such a large number that the mind can hardly grasp it; so we file it under interesting, perhaps tragic, trivia.

But it's a real number. The deaths are real. The impact on our American culture is very real.

Oh, and just so you the time that's elapsed since I told you that Linda Coffee was a bankruptcy attorney...yeah, that's right...another baby has been legally killed in America.

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.


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