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You Must First of All Love God
by Thomas A. Droleskey
March 23, 2001

Two recently published reports have amounted to very bad news for advocates of legalized child-killing. According to one report, researchers in the United Kingdom have concluded that there is a definite link between a woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer and a history of abortion. The other report deals with a study on the impact of embryonic stem cells culled from aborted babies and then transplanted into the brains of people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Not surprisingly, the condition of the Parkinson’s patients worsened significantly — with some experiencing uncontrollable movements of the arms and legs — rather than improved following transplantation of the stem cells.

While it is very important to marshal all of the medical and scientific facts empirically demonstrating the toll that morally illicit acts take on the human body, those of us who know right from wrong should not lose our head over the recent findings. They are not going to produce a groundswell of new opposition to abortion or to the harvesting of embryonic stem cells. I don’t mean to minimize the importance and usefulness of the findings for one second, but here’s why most people will remain indifferent to them, assuming they even sink into their consciousness at all.

First, most people get their news in little snippets. Sure, an increasing number of people surf the Internet for the full details about the snippets they hear on the radio or TV or that they read in some print medium. But most people are impervious to the real world, interesting themselves in the superficial details of their own lives, in sports, in entertainment, in anything that does not require them to invest too much intellectual energy. Information goes in one ear and out the other.

Second, the spin doctors for the pro-death movement go to work almost immediately to discount any findings that reflect poorly on abortion and eugenics, providing false assurances to the passive listener/reader that not enough is known at this point to come to the conclusions reached by the studies they are attempting to discredit. Thus, those who might be prone to give serious thought to the issues are given an “out” to block from their minds any real reflection — reflection that could force them to reexamine their uncritical acceptance of the premises of the culture of death.

Third, contraception and abortion are unlike any other issues facing a society. Those committed to legalized abortion are concerned for the most part with venereal pleasure, whether licit or illicit, which can be immunized from its ultimate end: namely, the conception of a child. Absent a profound conversion to the true Faith, many people trapped in lives based upon the pursuit of wanton venereal pleasure see no good reason to change. Indeed, it is how they define their very existence, whether in or out of wedlock, whether heterosexual or homosexual. Saint Augustine is only one of countless numbers of people over the centuries who conquered the demons of lust to live a life befitting a child of God; but, despite his realization that he was offending God, even he had difficulty giving up his attachment to vice. “O Lord, grant me chastity, but not yet,” the great Doctor of Hippo wrote in his Confessions. Those steeped in lives of unrepentant sin want to hold on to their behavior, which explains why sodomy is still rampant twenty years after the advent of AIDS.

Fourth, the purveyors of sex instruction (both in public education and in Catholic schools and religious education programs) have convinced nearly three generations of young people that it is neither possible nor healthy for them to deny carnal gratification. Thus, any and all news that casts doubt on the propaganda transmitted throughout their lives is rejected at once. It cannot be that the very premises upon which the so-called sexual revolution has been based are defective, can it? No, other studies will disprove any link between breast cancer and abortion and between heart disease and contraception. Other studies will prove that embryonic stem cells taken from aborted babies or fertilized in Petrie dishes do help Parkinson’s sufferers. Do not discount sex instruction as one of the vital elements helping to addict young people to lives of slavery to sin. Indeed, even secular British psychiatrists came to the conclusion last year that all forms of “sex education” were harmful to children. That report made no impact except in The Wanderer and a handful of other journals that have opposed all of the rot of sex instruction from its very inception.

Admittedly, there are truly intelligent people who read newspapers and watch TV, people who are prone to think rationally and to consider disturbing news with sobriety. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, for example, got out of the abortion business in 1973 for purely scientific reasons: he had become convinced that a fetus was a living human being and that he had been responsible for presiding over the death of about 73,000 human babies. It took him another decade to come to a belief in God and another decade after that to be received into the true Faith. So, yes, there are people out there who will investigate the recent studies about breast cancer and the failed nature of embryonic stem cell transplantations. To be sure.

However, scientific arguments take one only so far. The light of natural reason can be clouded by many things. While technically capable of such reason because of their very humanity, some people descend into so much debauchery that they become unused to rational thought, living their lives on the sensual or material levels alone. There is literally no reasoning with a lot of thoughtless people today, people who just do not engage in rational thought, living only to eat, drink, and be merry. They are not going to be convinced by scientific arguments. They must be taught to love God, our First Cause and our Last End, in order to help them reform their lives. Indeed, even a non-baptized person, if he has begun to open the eyes of his soul to the world as it really is, has been prompted by God the Holy Spirit to start the process of discovering his true identity as a creature of the Father who has been recreated by the Son on the Cross.

You see, as horrible as they are, contraception and abortion are twin manifestations of the collapse of Christendom, which was precipitated by the series of events I outlined in “From Luther to Clinton to Gore” four months ago in my newsletter Christ or Chaos. Human beings are supposed to do good and avoid evil because they love God, Who has created them in His own image and likeness and Who has Redeemed them by the shedding of His own Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. A person must first come to love God in order to be able to see the world clearly through the eyes of Faith. A man must first come to love God in order to see himself clearly, to know fully who he is and Whose dignity he carries within his immortal soul.

Naturalistic, earthbound arguments do not hold sway with the lion’s share of people. There is a simple explanation why that is so. Our very nature is made by God to know, to love, and to serve Him. Our hearts are never completely satisfied until we do get to know Him through His true Church. Indeed, the attachment so many people have to the false gods of this passing world is an expression of their longing to worship something superior to their own selves. The worship of false gods, though, always ends in exasperation or self- annihilation, both in bodily and spiritual terms. Only the fullness of God’s revelation of Himself through His true Church can satisfy the longing of human hearts to know surety and stability in a world of uncertainty and mutability.

Thus, while it is a genuinely good thing to point out the facts provided us by truly dispassionate, objective studies in the scientific and medical spheres, we should not expect the culture to change in any way as a result of those studies and findings. No, we must be about the business of praying and working for the only antidote that is known to redirect a culture of death and transform it into a culture conducive to the promotion of eternal life: the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ. For it is only when people live and work in the shadow of the Cross that they come to understand that every sin has repercussions. And that some sins have direct repercussions on the health and integrity of our mortal bodies. The true incentive people need to live upright lives must be to please the Triune God through His true Church with every beat of their hearts, consecrated as they should be to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Natural reason and scientific facts can lead people to God, no doubt. He is the Author of all truth. However, it is only a profound love of Him and the fullness of His Divine Revelation that leads human beings to know things as they truly are — and then to choose wisely in conformity with what they know pleases God, redounds to the salvation of their own immortal souls, and gives good witness to others that our sole motive for right living in this life is our desire to participate in an unending Easter Sunday of glory in Paradise.

As I keep saying, you cannot find secularism with secularism. You can only fight secularism with Catholicism. We must never shirk from the effort to convert people to the true Faith. God will work out the rest as He sees fit in His time, according to His Holy Will and by means of His ineffable grace. Our responsibility is to help everyone see the world and themselves clearly through the eyes of the true Faith. In that way, more and more people will understand that contraception and abortion and eugenics are evils that do not merely fail to resolve human problems but actually worsen them and increase the cycle of violence and deceit in our fallen, fractured world.

Viva Cristo Rey!

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