Please take up the defense for the culture of life

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In the late 1990s, two Catholic personages emerged strongly on the scene of the Catholic Church worldwide to speak about the culture of life, and it is appropriate that we mention this now in October, designated as Respect Life Month all over the world.

THE FIRST PERSON was Pope John Paul II, in his letter Ecclesia in America in 1999, when he addressed the problems of abortion, euthanasia and all means of taking life. The other person was Mother Teresa, the petite nun from India who worked with the dying in the streets of Calcutta, and told the whole world that we "must value every human being as a gift from God!"

When we in today's world are faced with such life challenges as safeguarding the dignity and sanctity of life from conception until natural death, we are faced with the great command by Jesus Christ to love all people as human beings created in the image and likeness of God.

This is a particularly difficult challenge, to be sure, as mentioned by the Pope and Mother Teresa back in the late 1990s, as they both saw and spoke against the tragedies of abortion, contraception, euthanasia, mercy killing, capital punishment, war and all violent crimes against humanity.

They spoke up against the culture of death, and spoke with conviction and gospel values about the preservation and defense of all human life from conception until natural death.

How can we "Respect Life" in October in Augusta and parts nearby? The answer is found in the value of life we give to all unborn, vulnerable, weak, defenseless, voiceless and those under attack by the culture of death in society.

WE MUST TAKE a stand on behalf of life, the most appreciated gift of love from God to us, for which we are accountable for the defense of this human life. We are mandated to be heralds of pro-life measures to protect the unborn as real people created by God and imbued with God's love at the very moment of conception. We must be pro-active in defense of the unborn.

We must speak up against any measure that takes life away, and promote the culture of life, which Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa spoke so eloquently about as they promoted by word and example the value of every human life. They spoke to our hearts and souls about the meaning of our own part in the defense of human life.

I urge all Christians and believers in the sanctity of life to be more pro-active in October to find ways and activities that show how much you value the gift of human life in God's holy creation. Go and spread the word by your deeds of how much you are engaged in the defense of human life by being there to share the dignity of sacred love found in the soul of every man, woman and child alive.

Thanks for being able to be an advocate for the culture of life in October.

(The writer is parochial vicar at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta.)

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 10/03/10 - 05:50 am
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Is war against the culture of

Is war against the culture of life? I think so. Why isn't it mentioned in this guest column? Where is the admonition for all Christians and believers in the sanctity of life to go forth and advocate against war? Certainly innocent civilians including children are all too often the victims of war.

NoCatchyName
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NoCatchyName 10/03/10 - 06:08 am
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This piece sounds so good. I

This piece sounds so good. I really hate to take a different view, but:

Did not God call for war many times over in the Bible?
Are not war heroes celebrated greatly in the Bible?
Does not the Bible use analogies of war over and over again to describe the actions to be taken by true believers?
If the Bible recognizes that war is sometimes necessary, why does the writer describe it universally as a crime against humanity?

Oh yes, I also sincerely hope that the writer does not find himself approaching the end of his life facing hopeless months or years of pain and agony with only a lingering death to look forward to. "Natural death" can be much more difficult than is necessary.

I do agree that murder and genocide are abominations and that there most, but not all, abortions are actually murder.

chasboy
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chasboy 10/03/10 - 07:24 am
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War may be a nessesary evil

War may be a nessesary evil but if God belives in war then heaven help us.

momster59
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momster59 10/03/10 - 07:35 am
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chasboy - agreed. Sad that

chasboy - agreed. Sad that so many who proclaim to be Christians defend violence and war when they supposedly follow someone who preached love, peace and nonviolence.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/03/10 - 08:24 am
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We'll put down a dog or a

We'll put down a dog or a horse if it's suffering, but let a person linger for years or decades in pain, have to lie in his/her own excrement until someone else cleans them, feed and hydrate them by tubes, have them breathe by machine, etc. and make it illegal for them to have their suffering ended if its their wish. All in the name of religion. Geez.

impossible
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impossible 10/03/10 - 09:43 am
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain.
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain. You have confirmed your status as a liberal lemming by demonstrating that you can't read. The article does mention war. Your fellow lemming Momster who fancies herself as a teacher obviously can't read either. Between the Teacher Unions and incompetent teachers our nation's children are suffering.

My only quarrel with the article is its failure to emphasize the need to vote against all pro-abortion politicians.

impossible
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impossible 10/03/10 - 09:47 am
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Techfan. You are no doubt a
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Techfan. You are no doubt a devotee of the liberal mantra, including the death wish for others, but not yourself, based upon their size, age, location or degree of disability. Should mentally deficient people stop breathing to make room for allegedly healthy people? Avoid mirrors.

impossible
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impossible 10/03/10 - 09:48 am
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Et tu Chasboy!
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Et tu Chasboy!

momster59
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momster59 10/03/10 - 09:50 am
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Impossible - the momster

Impossible - the momster reads very well. How does my agreeing with chasboy reflect a lack of reading skills?

My students do very well and excel on their exams and course work. Many come back and thank me for so very well preparing them for university and the real world. I'm sorry that your teachers were incompetent, but that has no reflection on me.

Considering there are not official teachers unions in GA or SC, perhaps you should have done your homework before posting. Only someone with your propensity for spite would counter an opinion with insult. As I've told you many times:

Insults are the weapons wielded by the intellectually unarmed.
Please arm yourself before you post at me again.

momster59
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momster59 10/03/10 - 10:58 am
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Impossible - again, you have

Impossible - again, you have shown that you did not actually read my post, which occurs with you quite often. I did not mention the article in the original post and was responding to chasboy's statement and also to the posts from yesterday that had to do with a similar topic.

I feel very sorry that you always appear to harbor such anger and venom. I hope you find joy in life.
Peace be with you.

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Fiat_Lux 10/03/10 - 11:54 am
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Gagging here over all the

Gagging here over all the mealy-mouth, self-righteous hypocrisy.

Impossible, you are one of the rational, gentle voices on these forums. Don't forget that. The truth is the truth, regardless of anyone's opinion about it one way or the other. Plugging away is sometimes the only thing one can do, and remembering to duck.

Press On!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 10/03/10 - 12:23 pm
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I stand corrected. The guest

I stand corrected. The guest columnist does mention war and capital punishment. I'm not convinced that contraception is a tragedy or that end of life decisions are always clear moral choices, but I do support a culture of life. Faith affirms life and assuages fear. Right on Rev. Lubinsky!

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InChristLove 10/03/10 - 02:20 pm
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Chasboy, God would prefer

Chasboy, God would prefer peace in the world but because we live in a evil world, I think God allows wars to take place to keep evil in check and to protect the righteous. It will be this way until Christ returns. We don't have to like it and sometimes we disagree with the reasons but if God was against wars, why did he lead so many men of God to victories; David, Joshua, Jeremiah, Moses, etc.

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momster59 10/03/10 - 03:50 pm
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ICL - your mindset is the

ICL - your mindset is the very thing that chases people away from Christianity. Chasboy has it right - a loving God does not believe in war and all the suffering it brings.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/03/10 - 07:57 pm
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My mindset? LOL momster59,

My mindset? LOL momster59, then explain why God help David, Joshua, Jeremiah, Moses, etc become victorious over their enemies through wars? Maybe you should read through the first several books of the Bible concerning all the wars and how God directed them.

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dani 10/03/10 - 08:14 pm
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A human can't chase anybody

A human can't chase anybody away from Christianity. You either believe or you don't, it's a personal thing and nothing anybody says will affect how you think or feel about it. It is between you and GOD.
Blaming others for a your own failing gets you nothing good.

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Fiat_Lux 10/03/10 - 11:34 pm
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It's standard tactics to try

It's standard tactics to try and cow Christians into shutting up so that the liberal, "progressive" agenda gets moved forward unimpeded. Bill Maher and denizens of the Comedy Channel are masterful at it.

Redefining what Christians are "supposed" to say and how they're "supposed" to act based on the agenda and sensibilities of non-Christians is kind of old hat. To relentlessly tell us everything we say and everything we do pushes people further away from the faith is nothing but a rather adolescent diversionary strategy. First off, it's not true, but the intent is to sidetrack the discussion from the original focus, which concerns the protection of life.

There is absolutely no concern nor the slightest genuine interest in how effective the witness of any Christian actually is or is not. The intent is to divert, distract and discredit, at every turn and at any cost, lest someone start to recognize the truth in what Fr Lubinsky says.

Very old tactics, ancient even. Yawn.

impossible
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impossible 10/04/10 - 02:22 pm
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Very old tactics, yet very
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Very old tactics, yet very new. The left-wing major media is constantly concerned about Republican and Conservative advances, so they regularly try to give "friendly" advice and warnings to them lest they fall into disfavor. Grousing is something that the liberals do best.

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