“From the Pastor” column this Respect Life Sunday

Note:  To commemorate Respect Life Sunday, I wrote this “From the Pastor” column which was included in this week’s parish bulletin.  I would have preached it, but there was a special talk given at Mass regarding our Capital Campaign, and I feared it would be too long.  It ended up that the homily I actually preached ended up being about the same length.  For the homily I preached this weekend, click here .

The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacres of 1572 — and 2006

August 24 on the Church Calendar is the Feast of the Apostle St. Bartholomew; it is also the anniversary of two of the most shameful days in Western history.

On August 24, 1572, the Catholic government of France gave sanction to the killing of all members of the French Protestant group, the Huguenots.  That day over 7000 Huguenot men, women and children were mercilessly killed by mob violence throughout France, in what has become infamously known as the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.

Unfortunately, an equally horrible assault on innocent human life occurred just one year ago, again on St. Bartholomew’s Day, this time sanctioned by our own secular US government.  On August 24, 2006, the FDA approved over-the-counter sales of the “morning-after pill,” Plan B, as a non-prescription drug to anyone over 18.

If you do a Google News Search of Plan B, you will read over and over again in the major news media that Plan B “doesn’t terminate a pregnancy.”  “Barr (Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes the pills) says it has no effect on women who are already pregnant” says a September 2007 Associated Press article.  This is doublespeak at its finest, for while Plan B won’t terminate a pregnancy, it will “terminate” (doublespeak for “kill”) a newly conceived human being prior to its attachment to his or her mother’s womb.  The new human life won’t be able to implant him- or herself precisely because of  this “emergency contraception” (which isn’t a contraceptive at all, but an abortifacient, as a conception (fertilization) very often has already taken place by the “morning after”).

How great of a massacre has occurred so far?  “The company projects that sales of Plan B will total about $80 million for 2007” says the same article, noting that this is eight times the amount sold in 2004 when the drug was prescription only.  At an average $40 a box (a well known Woonsocket based Pharmacy sells it for $45), that’s 2,000,000 doses of Plan B this year alone. 

May our prayers and sacrifices this Respect Life Month of October help every one of us in our nation, young and old, to reject “Plan B” and to embrace “Plan C” — the Plan of Conversion to Christ, of welcoming God’s great gift of Children, of learning and promoting the virtue of Chastity, and of building the Culture of Life.

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