THE story on Abby Johnson by Selina Venier in The Catholic Leader of July 10 cannot be passed over without comment and debate.
It is a very significant one that calls for a response from the Catholic community.
I accept Abby’s statement that in the main we Catholics are holding a sign outside the abortion clinics with the words “This Clinic is open with the permission of the Christian Church”.
It seems that a new terminology could be given to a majority of abortions, namely “fornicative abortion” meaning abortions resulting from fornication, considering that college girls are the ones falling into this trap being led by abortion organisations.
I have not read Abby’s book unPLANNED, but from the summary given in The Leader, I would say that every Year 12 student in our Catholic schools should be given this book to read.
How is it that we as Catholics have allowed society to deprive so many young people of the joy and fulfilment that is meant to accompany sex and marriage as God intended it and we have substituted such pain in the guise of sexual freedom?
I would like to join my voice with others today who are calling for a new sexual revolution where the virtues of chastity and modesty are proclaimed.
Our young people need to be taught that love of God and obedience to his laws is what brings peace and freedom.
I am sure if our young people were encouraged to meditate on the mysteries of the incarnation in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, they would gain the strength and love to resist the lies perpetuated in society and the media.
The Old Testament teaches us that when God’s people worship Him alone and follow his laws, the peace comes to the land.
When we follow false gods and go our own way, only pain results.
What are the false gods today?
Surely they are the self and our own human body.
Catholics need to be leading society to return to love and obedience to God.
When I was in primary school, a Mercy nun taught us to say three Hail Marys each day with the invocation “O Mary by thy pure and Immaculate Conception make my body pure and my soul holy”.
She said we did not then know the significance of this prayer, but it was very important for later life. This simple act given to our school children could be of enormous benefit to them and society as a whole.
We Catholics need to take a stand to protect our young people and stop the hideous proliferation of fornicative abortion in our society.
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