Is it too much to hope that this is an emerging trend?
NO! It's not but we the people have to stand behind the Bishops and the Priests that support this or we need to demand that they support this stand.
We are ultimately responsible for the direction that the church follows..
NO! There is reason to see that this is indeed an emerging trend.
Special attention should be on Archbishop Sean O'Malley, as he stressed repeatedly the "great need for adult catechesis among our people."
Adult catechesis must be the natural continuation of catechesis on the sanctity of life that begins in pre-school. The conference of Bishops wrote this themselves in Respect Life Curriculum Guidelines published in 1977. Herein lies the root of the problemthey never implemented it.
The holocaust rages on BECAUSE Christians (generally) were not properly educated beginning when they were young about the sanctity of Life before Birth. By the time the majority reached 18, VOTING for the defense of LIFE was not a priority.
As a whole, Christian schools continue graduating more voters and future government leaders whose record of defending Life is no better than the national average. Proof of this sad reality is evident with every election and with every legislative session. Yet in all the strategies for Pro-Life victory, Christian school students have been virtually overlooked. Thirty years later, the culture of death has become further entrenched. However, our Movement continues to be primarily focused on changing the hearts and minds of adults. Few would argue that it is much harder to change the minds of adults than it is to properly form the minds of children, especially in matters of morality. Since the decision of Roe v. Wade, tens of millions of Christian school students could have received a comprehensive Pro-Life education. This group would today constitute a huge voting block; and with them, the American Holocaust might have already ended.
We are caught in this self-defeating cycle of death that must stop. Participation of the leadership of our Movement, especially those who have authority in the Churches and schools, will be imperative if we are to effect this change. It is crucial that these leaders recognize the dire need for a major change in the way this life-and-death battle has been handled for the last 30 years.
Christian educators have a captive audience of school students whose minds are open vessels for learning the truth about the sanctity of life. There is no valid reason why the comprehensive teaching of the sanctity of life before birth is not mandatory in all Christian schools, Bible study, and CCD classes, especially since Roe v. Wade. If the scourge of state-sanctioned abortion is ever to be reversed, Church leaders will have to exercise their responsibility and MANDATE that students be taught comprehensively about the sanctity of life before birth, and also about a Christian's responsibility to vote for Life. Pro-Life leaders will have to make this appeal to the leaders of the Church.
"The solution to ending the culture of death does not realistically lie with changing or reversing the minds of pro-abortion adults; it lies with preserving the 99+ % of children that are already pro-life on their first day of school." THE MISSING KEY OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT
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Without hope, what have we?
(I know, I know... Faith and Love.)
I am so happy and excited! Bishop O'Malley is *finally* showing his stripes! I pray that the priests in this diocese listen to what their bishop is saying.
Archbishop O'Malley noted that beyond pro-abortion politicians, that reception of Holy Communion by those not in a state of grace is sadly commonplace. "I think it's in the context of a greater problem - Catholics feel that everyone is entitled to go to communion all the time. That has to be addressed. You know if a (pro-abortion) politician asked me I would say you shouldn't go to communion, I wouldn't go to communion. They don't understand why." He explained, "At a funeral sometimes they will announce that communion is for Catholics and people get all offended, so we've lost the notion of the sacredness of communion and the kind of disposition we need to have."