Gentle Reader: I'm sure many reading this blog are already following the news about U.S. House Speaker, and Roman Catholic, Rep. Nancy Pelosi's, horribly inaccurate explanations of the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church regarding the sanctity of human life on Meet the Press
Friends, I feel enormous empathy for her. I do. Really. Not all that long ago I would have probably given a similarly distorted response. I'm praying for her.
Is anyone really shocked to hear what she had to say? Anyone? We all know how appallingly bad catachesis has been for the last several decades and here it was: irrefutable proof of how bad it really has been played out on the public stage for all to hear by a highly educated and powerful public figure.
When many of us of a certain age were taught, not from what the Church documents really said or what the Church really meant, but from the mouths and beliefs of dissenters, the distortions of the press, and the relatavistic temptations of society, what did we expect? What can we expect, but what we just heard?
Is it an accident that this public embarrassment happened only a few weeks after we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae
? Is it an accident that this happened right before the political convention of a party that has historically sided with those who would belittle and destroy human life? You better believe it isn't! Could this be the moment that we look back on as the axis point in which acceptance of Pope Pius VI's encyclical finally happened?
I truly believe that this moment could be a massive turning point for us as Catholics who are tired of our shared teachings and beliefs being thoroughly misconstrued; who are tired of human life being treated like it's expendable. This is the chance to stand up for life! This is the chance to speak out and educate about what the Church actually teaches regarding the sanctity of human life! It goes FAR beyond educating only Ms. Pelosi and politicians! This is the moment to reach out to the people you see every day! If you hear them mumbling about the story, speak up! If you see them reading the story, speak up! If you see them viewing a recap on TV or YouTube, speak up! If you hear it on a radio program, call in! If you see it in the paper, write a letter to the editor! If you have family or friends that you will see during this upcoming long weekend (in the U.S. it is!) take a moment to bring it up in discussion! Remember: charity, always charity.
Already, a few Archbishops and some members of Congress have publicly spoken out. How many of US will do the same? Don't sit around and wait for what Father may or may not say this Sunday or at your next daily Mass! What are YOU going to do about it NOW?