December 4, 2014
We’ve commented before on how the secular media is a big fan of what Pope Francis says. But we hasten to add, that’s only the case when it suits their agenda. When his words don’t meet their criteria on hot-button issues, they bite their collective tongues and the words fall on deaf ears.
Take for instance the message the Holy Father gave to a group of Catholic doctors recently. He told them that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred.
“We’re living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment… (We’re) playing with life,” the pope told the audience of 4,000 doctors.
“Be careful,” he told them, “because this is a sin against God the Creator.”
Regardless of the many objections he has heard saying that modern thought has evolved on these issues, the pope stressed, “in ancient thought and in modern thought, the word ‘kill’ means the same!”
“The same goes for euthanasia,” he explained, observing that as a result of “this culture of waste, a hidden euthanasia is practiced on the elderly.” This, he said, is like telling God: “At the end of life I do it like I want.’ It’s a sin against God.”
Because today’s secular media holds sacrosanct a women’s right to abort her child and sees value in allowing physician-assisted suicide, these words of the Holy Father will never see print nor will they be featured on the nightly news.
That is why, especially with our home state now contemplating passing legislation to make physician-assisted legal in New Jersey, we must engage ourselves in the same mission that Pope Francis charged those Catholic doctors with: “Affirming the sacredness and inviolability of human life, which must be loved, defended and cared for through word and example from conception to natural death.”