Last week, while flipping through the radio channels waiting for youth football practice to conclude, I heard some of the speeches at the National Convention. Instead of being inspired, I was left speechless. Just imagine my car full of innocent children, listening to this woman calling herself a Catholic, a daughter of a President. I can only say, read it for yourself what Caroline Kennedy stated at the National Democratic Convention:
As a Catholic woman, I take reproductive health seriously, and today, it is under attack. This year alone, more than a dozen states have passed more than 40 restrictions on women’s access to reproductive health care. That’s not the kind of future I want for my daughters or your daughters. Now isn’t the time to roll back the rights we were winning when my father was president. Now is the time to move this country forward.
I must admit, I was outraged! My mind was racing with a hundred questions. It is no secret that “reproductive health” means abortion. Did she just call herself a Catholic? Does she really wants more abortion with no restrictions such as parental consent or a 24 hour waiting period for her own family members and beyond? Is this what you are fighting for to make our Nation great? Death to the unborn child, the greatest blessing a woman could ever receive.
The church clearly condemns abortion and it seems to be commonplace today for Catholics in the public square to directly attack the church. Pope Benedict recently told the US Bishops:
“It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life.”
“Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate, and well-formed Catholic laity . . . with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would de-legitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society. The preparation of committed lay leaders and the presentation of a convincing articulation of the Christian vision of man and society remain a primary task of the Church in your country.”
Well, I have news for you Caroline, I am a Catholic. I stand with the Church. Your cunning words allowed all of us to see that we have work to do in educating others on what it means to be a real Catholic. To protect the life of those who cannot speak for themselves. Let this be an encouragement to all of us to work diligently during this time before the election.