Deep, deep disappointment in one quarter as well as praise for the CDF “clarification” on Church teaching on abortion. I wonder if the CDF has missed what needed clarifying. I think pro-lifers are missing the point, unless the point were more about flexing PR muscle against the Vatican.
Blogged about here, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life was critical of now-retired Archbishop José Cardoso Sobrinho of Olinda and Recife, who had publicly excommunicated a mother and medical team for aborting twins of four-month gestation in a nine-year-old girl. At the time, I thought the pro-life effort would not be well-served to make this tragic situation a battleground. Archbishop Sobrinho came off looking very badly to those outside the Church. For a seeming lack of compassion for the grandmother, even within the Barque, it seemed more of a situation of confusion on when the Church needed to speak out strongly, and when, as Archbishop Fisichella discerned, the public voice needed to be one of compassion.
Once again, some conservatives seem to miss the point of all this. For some, the pro-life banner has mutated into a series of pep rallies, matters of keeping up morale, of rallying the base, politically speaking. Life issues in the modern world deserve to move ahead and above this sort of tit-for-tat. It serves nothing but to give fence-sitters yet another reason to cluck and dismiss the teaching of the Gospel, concluding we pro-lifers are little better than fussbudgets conducting our own schemes of one-upmanship.