St. Patrick and the Right to LifePro-abortion Irish-American politicians such as Senators Edward Kennedy, John Kerry and Vice President Joseph Biden scandalize their Irish roots and bring shame to those who have suffered so much in history to respect their Irish heritage. Indeed it is an embarrassment to the Irish and to Catholics that so many are staunchly pro-abortion and will not respect the rights of the unborn. Not only do they vote in favor of denying the unborn the basic right to life,they accept money from the abortion industry.
What is even more disturbing is the cover that certain priests have given these pro-abortion officials over the years. The poison issuing forth from such enemies of life as Robert Drinan, S.J. now deceased. Further the hierarchy in Washington, D.C. has seemed less concerned about both the babies and the souls of these politicians than about staying out of the headlines of the Washington Post.
Let us be clear. St. Patrick had an abiding care for his flock. He was concerned about their immortal souls and their temporal lot in life. He was a champion for the human person and his legacy is one that cannot be reduced to green beer and marches down Fifth Avenue.
When the Irish came to America, the stories go, they were not wanted. They were ignored and discriminated just for being Irish. According to popular Irish folk lore, there were signs in the stores saying "no Irish need apply." (though some dispute the argument). So what is the difference between those human beings and the unborn in the womb. They are not wanted. They are ignored and discriminated against. NBC is so afraid of the unborn that the television network would not allow a benign commercial extolling the potential of each human life.
The unborn are ignored and there is a sign in America's window that tells them they are not wanted and are better off not born.
Do we wonder that this nation is finding itself in economic difficulties?
When those whose heritage should give them a special appreciation for life, exact their revenge on the innocent, what is a just God to conclude?
When one looks at this nation, a nation of immigrants, of former slaves, of refugees, be they social or economic, of people who wanted a chance, an opportunity, how is it that we can be so callused so as to deny life to an innocent child?
What is so difficult for these politicians to understand?
Is it that they have turned their back on their heritage? Perhaps they are embarrassed by their own past.
It is good that finally some bishops are speaking out in defense of life and recognizing the scandal of Catholic politicians who are pro-abortion.
For the sake of the nation, for the sake of the Church and for the sake of the children, the truth must be spoken in authority and with love.
That is something that would please St. Patrick.