The beginning of today’s first reading (Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-34) seems very appropriate for these days as we experience, from certain corners, hysteria over the Supreme Court vacancy. A most disgusting display by those who seem to believe that the murder of innocents is the most important pillar of American society. Rightly decried is “babies ripped from their mother’s arms,” but many of that same crowd wish that babies ripped from their mother’s wombs becomes permanently enshrined here and everywhere. However sad the former is, it is only temporary in this life.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:
You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish. (Didache 2,2:SCh 248,148; cf. Ep. Barnabae 19,5:PG 2 777; Ad Diognetum 5,6:PG 2,1173; Tertullian, Apol. 9:PL 1,319-320.)
God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes. (GS 51 § 3.)
If you are on the wrong side of this issue, repent now, and no longer have anything to do with this heinous crime — directly or indirectly. It is a life and death issue for bodies and souls.