Scotland's Burning

Rueful Red pointed me to the story of Scotland's Cardinal Keith O'Brien (ain't he cute?) catching holy hell for his homily for today's Feast of the Visitation, which is also Scotland's "Day for Life," and this year coincides with the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion there. It's not only fire and brimstone, but I will cut to the tough stuff.

Let us build up within our society a generation of medical professionals who are unwilling to cooperate in the slaughter. I call on our universities and medical schools to teach that all human life deserves protection. I call on our hospitals to end testing procedures designed only for targeting and killing the weak and infirm.

I call on all politicians to answer one simple question: will you protect the right to life of all persons in our society from conception until natural death?

And I call on you to hold these elected representatives to account. For those unwilling to give this support we must be unwilling to give our vote.

History will judge us on where we stood in this crucial issue. But there is a judgement more important than history. We shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.

I urge politicians to have no truck with the evil trade of abortion. For those at Westminster this means finding means of overthrowing the legislation, which makes the killing possible. For those at Holyrood that means refusing to allow our health services to participate in the wanton killing of the innocent. Peace cannot be built in the shadow of the abortion rooms.

In making this call, I speak most especially to those who claim to be Catholic. I ask them to examine their consciences and discern if they are playing any part in sustaining this social evil. I remind them to avoid cooperating in the unspeakable crime of abortion and the barrier such cooperation erects to receiving Holy Communion.

As St. Paul warns us “whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.”

I would be failing as a pastor not to highlight the gravity of this situation not just to law makers but to anyone: mother; father; boyfriend; counsellor who in any way leads a mother to abortion.

And why is this so "tough"? It's just the teaching of the Church, for better or worse. Yet the usual suspects have the vapors.

Red says:

Funny how the pro-death lobby can't take the word murder, but are quite relaxed about the deed.