America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts -- a child -- as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters" And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign. ~ Mother Teresa, via Catholic Fire
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
The latest Catholic Carnival is up at Our Word and Welcome to it. There are two entries I enjoyed and wish to point out - and I don't mean my own, or Angry's, although they are worth checking out. Kate Cousino's response to Galmour magazine's artcile, "Where have all the pro choice women gone?" is wonderful. I so love to see people, espeically young people, with courage and smarts like this. The more bookish response to the same subject is at Deo Omnis Gloria.