The Catholic bishops of the United States are facing great political pressure these days. We are told that we should enter into a dialogue with those who disagree with the divine law on abortion or who agree privately as Catholics but refuse to govern according to this moral doctrine.
But here is my sincere question. What exactly is the dialogue about? This is a question I have asked politicians before.
Two years ago, I had the privilege of speaking in the Library of Congress. To the audience of senators, lawmakers, lobbyists, and Hill’s staff, I spoke on the call of a politician. I asked everyone in that room to remember the purity and perfection of the moment when they first thought of pursuing a life of public service.
I told them that in that event they wanted to fight for justice, they responded at least an inch, to God, who is Justice Himself.
I am the son of a dyed wool Catholic Democrat in Chicago. My father, whose family was heavily involved in urban politics, would rather become a Lutheran than a Republican. But I explained that my Democrats, along with the modern Democrats, have a policy of abortion, where the party has been taking a very extreme stance lately.
My interlocutors insisted that it was necessary to continue the dialogue between the pro-election politicians of the “Roman Church”. I answered. “Well, I’m with you. In fact, the Catholic Church, while opposed to all abortions, will be willing to support legislation that puts at least some restrictions on the procedure. If you give a little, we are happy to talk. ”
After that I started checking the water. They asked, considering the ban on third-trimester abortions. Absolutely not, the answer came. Would they, by clicking, be open to partially restricting abortion, the procedure by which scissors are inserted into the brain of a child already trapped? No way, they said.
Well, I was wondering if they would be acceptable to support birth legislation designed to protect the life of a baby who miraculously survived an abortion. No, they said. And you may not think that this intransigence was specific to this particular group, remember that just a few months ago, Senator Ben Sass (R-Neb.) Came up with a live proposal that չէր it could not get enough votes to break the Democratic Democratic Philippaster.
Authentic real dialogue involves giving and receiving a certain willingness. Over the years, I have been involved in a number of ecumenical interfaith dialogues. No one expected the participants of these exchanges to take a position of religious neutrality, but at least there was a general opinion that we could find points of contact.
As I said, the church is happy to consider any offer that would impose some restrictions on taking an unborn life. We are ready to lend a hand. But if defending the life of a baby struggling to breathe after surviving a brutal attack on his life is a bridge for politicians advocating abortion, I ask again. what are we talking about? And let’s be honest, taking into account the issue of the newborn, all the standard justifications for abortion. He is not really a human being, he is not capable of independent existence, he has no feeling of pain, etc., he just falls.
Sometimes the term “dialogue” is used in a casual sense to show friendliness and kindness to those with whom we do not agree. And if you mean the term, then I’m in favor of it. As St. Thomas Moren told his wife in “A Man for All Seasons,” “What can be achieved by smiling, you can count on me.”
But if the term is taken more seriously, more limited, it should imply that the conversation partners are mutually willing to find common ground.
So can I challenge Catholic politicians advocating abortion? Can I be very specific? If you are really interested in talking to the church about this crucial issue, show a little passport of courage և support born-in legislation. If you can take this small step to protect your innocent life, I know you take the conversation seriously.
Robert Baron is the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles.