The New York Times (September 20, 2013) stated that Pope Francis had “criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized.”
They quoted him: “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. We have to find a new balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” This was taken from the interview for the Jesuit Journal “La Civilta Cattolica” by Rev. Antonio Spadaro.
When we meditate on the Holy Innocence who were slaughtered by King Herod, we can not but help think about the slaughter of the innocent babies in the womb by doctors, nurses and parents? Is St. Matthew obsessed with King Herod killing the children when he wrote about this crime in his gospel? Is this part of the fragrance of the Gospel?
It was over 30 years ago when I started St. Francis Catholic Kitchen for the poor in Santa Cruz California, that I started to understand the horror of abortion. I saw pictures of real murdered babies in the abortion processes. Since then I have been actively protesting and praying at abortion mills at the same time I worked to feed, clothe and shelter the poor.
When the horror, of what is going on inside these hospitals, mills and offices, hits you, how can you ever sleep in peace again.
If the knowledge that babies are being sucked our of the womb of their mothers and parts being sold or flushed down the sewer, does not bother you, you are not human anymore. Even animals try to protect their pre-born and new born.
It is as if you know what is going on in the concentration camps and you do not say anything. “Let us not get obsessed with the concentration camps.” When you are silent, where is the love for these people, these babies.
A mother told me after she had her abortion that no one in the clinic really cared. She said all the women were crying. Where is our love for these babies and their mothers.
I love the doctors, nurses and parents who have murdered these children. But I also tell them that murder is evil.
Maybe 4 years ago, right after christmas, I was at the abortion clinic in Modesto California on Coffee Rd. The Dr Michael would usually talk to us before going in and murdering the pre-born. He had often told us about his daughter who was on drugs and how it bothered him. That day he told us that his only child, his daughter had committed suicide on Christmas day (or right around then). He began to cry.
I actually held Dr. Michael in my arms and comforted him over his only child’s death. I love. but I also condemn.
After all those who have persecuted me for speaking against abortion have died, I will have the great joy of knowing I have been personally involved in saving many lives from the death of abortion.
For all of you wonderful people who have been persecuted, spit at, attacked, flipped off and yelled at for lovingly standing up for life; Thank You and May God reward you. May you continue to raise you voice for the poorest person in the world, the unborn about to be killed.
Every birthday I thank my mother for not aborting me. Of course she would have never ever even thought of such a heinous crime. But if each one of us, that had a mother carry us for 9 months, thanked our mothers on our birthdays, I doubt many people would kill others who have not had the opportunity to enjoy this great life God has given to us.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.