Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop of New York, writes an eloquent and very simple appeal against the absolute wrongness of abortion. It is nothing but a nightmare to think that a doctor could continue to murder children, not embryos or fetuses, but children, week in and week out, and go home and look at his or her own children with the same eyes. There is something truly demonic at work in the hearts of everyone involved in the practice of abortion. As Cardinal Egan points out,
If you can convince yourself that these beings are something other than living and innocent human beings, something, for example, such as “mere clusters of tissues,” you have a problem far more basic than merely not appreciating the wrongness of abortion. And that problem is—forgive me—self-deceit in a most extreme form.
Satan is a master of deceit and the struggles of our daily spiritual lives are efforts to overcome these illusions. But if you believe we commit our sins simply because ‘the devil made you do it’ is to take the easy way out. He deceives, he fosters self-deceit and gives us the balm of justification for any of our actions, but ultimately, we exercise our free will to sin. If the devil took a holiday, I don’t believe for one minute that abortion clinics would lose any business. For this reason, none of us can look away. And if you want any more clear indication of what Cardinal Egan thinks about abortion and politics, see what kind of message he tried to get through to Nancy Pelosi:
“We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.“
I’ll keep you posted should there be any breaking weather reports on the falling temperature in Hell. Or with sufficient self-deceit, you can just throw another log on the fire and call it global cooling.