Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pro-life movement stuck in neutral? I don't think so

Fr. Tim Moyle writes:

Year after year since the Trudeau government in 1969 legalized abortion, pro-lifers have prayed, protested and lobbied Parliamentarians, only to find their efforts come to naught.

It's true, our legislative success has been nil. And we have not succeeded in changing public opinion.


But folks: we've only just begun.

I'd say it's only been in the last five years that the pro-life movement has really started to get its act together. Consider all the attention our movement has received.

Sure, attention doesn't amount to much in itself, but at least we look alive, which is a lot more than I can I say for our movement at the turn of the millenium.

In the US, it took several hundred years to outlaw slavery, and a hundred more years to guarantee equal rights between people of all races.

In Catholic terms, that's just a blink of an eye.

We are only just beginning to be heard.

EVERY movement has had the feeling of creating a Sisyphian task. Change is never fast enough.

Truth and logic are on our side. We are BOUND to win, IF we do not give up and are persistent and intelligent in our strategies.

Fr. Tim writes:

Perhaps if religious leaders begin to put their full institutional weight behind the efforts of pro-life advocates in a more tangible way. Position papers and policy statements do not mean nearly as much as seeing a Bishop walking in a Life Chain, or leading public prayer events such as the 40 Days for Life campaign.

This would be immensely helpful. And I think the Church's retreat on the abortion issue was the reason why we lost.

However, it's not enough for the Church to be pro-life. Pro-life sentiment must pervade every sector of our society until the logic of it causes the abortion culture to collapse. Human beings, on a collective scale, cannot live with cognitive dissonance. And they cannot live on an ideology based on death. No culture built on wide-scale suicide ever survived very long. And that's what abortion is.