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As I was driving along a busy local street this morning on the way to a meeting, I passed a Catholic church with this message on their sign:

PRAY FOR AN END TO ABORTION

I was taken aback, amazed really, that of all the evils and wrongs in the world, the Catholic church is still fixated on something so "obscure" as its primary issue for which to exhort prayers.

Why not:

Pray for an end to war
Pray for an end to terrorism
Pray for an end to child abuse
Pray for an end to hunger
Pray for an end to slavery
Pray for an end to exploitation
Pray for an end to injustice
Pray for an end to oppression
Pray for an end to discrimination
Pray for an end to bullying
Pray for an end to rape
Pray for an end to domestic violence
Pray for an end to environmental destruction
Pray for an end to homelessness
Pray for an end to drug addition

Abortion, a personal, private decision which should be made by and in the best interests of the parties involved, does not even seem a proper subject for public exhortations.

Is it because the leaders of the Catholic church are so lacking in the "fruit of the Spirit"  (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) that they can summon up those attitudes only for babies that have not yet been born?  For imaginary people in a way.

Because, after that baby is born, they are likely to judge and condemn it for being too poor, of the wrong religion, of the wrong color, of the wrong gender, of the wrong political party, of the wrong sexual orientation, or of the wrong nationality to be worthy of future prayers.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)
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    Catkin, hnichols, karmsy, howabout, BachFan, gfv6800

    “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

    by ahumbleopinion on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 11:37:46 AM PDT

  •  During he days of Liberation Theology, (1+ / 0-)
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    karmsy

    I decided to join the church.  However, the church changed to a far right, soul crushing attitude and action since then.  I no longer believe in anything the church says.  It will take a miracle to change the power.  I was young then, and seeking a way to help the world.  I see better ways, Pope Francis or not.

    "How do we get through this craziness? Left foot, right foot, breathe..." Anne Lamott

    by Catkin on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 11:47:44 AM PDT

  •  Pray all you want to (2+ / 0-)
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    Orinoco, Kimbeaux

    If God listens to your prayers, abortion will come to an end. There's no reason for you to be involved in the political process. You can leave that to those people who support article 6 and the first amendment of the US Constitution.

    •  Unfortunately (2+ / 0-)
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      LadyMiseryAli, Kimbeaux

      the (sometimes) unspoken message from these pulpits is "Vote for an end to abortion."

      Equally unfortunate is the interpretation: Pray for an end to legal access to abortion, which is the real message. Sensible people might agree with praying for an end to the need for abortion, but that is not what the priests are asking for.

      An end to the need for abortion includes such things as realistic sex education at realistic ages, availability of cheap and effective birth control and more education in general for girls and young women.

      If God wants works to accompany prayers, then distributing free condoms in High School would be a much more effective way to end abortion than closing abortion clinics.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 04:01:17 PM PDT

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  •  Catholics not as two-faced as some (0+ / 0-)

    I've known a number of Catholics who were actually very involved in a range of these issues, including anti-poverty advocacy, services to homeless people, and support for pregnant and parenting teens and single moms so they could carry a baby to term if they chose without worrying about a roof over their heads. And some (including some of the leadership) have been active in opposing capital punishment.

    I expect the new Pope to strengthen those dimensions of Catholic teaching. It's clear that some of the US Bishops are disoriented, after so many years of believing that the only issues they should care about were abortion and gay marriage.

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