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Dear Family,
This Tuesday, January 22 marks the 46th Anniversary of the devastating Roe v. Wade decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, legalizing abortion. Since that time, more than 60 MILLION babies have been killed in our nation. Our Declaration of Independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Notice that the concept of LIFE was listed first in a place of priority. Liberty and Happiness only make sense if one is actually alive first! Unfortunately, this issue has become political rather than focusing on what it really is. This is a MORAL issue! The killing of an innocent human person is morally wrong! Modern day science has made it indisputable that this is a human baby. It is not a bunch of random cells. Its DNA makeup is different from its mother. I have heard people say that it does not look like a human during the early stages of life. Well guess what? We all looked like that at one point! That is what a unique human person looks like at one week, or two weeks or three weeks into pregnancy! And at week eight of pregnancy it looks like this:
Most mothers are just realizing they are pregnant at this point! Others say since it cannot survive on its own it has no rights. Well that is a very dangerous path to go down because a newborn baby, a three year old, a five year old cannot survive on his/her own either! So they have no rights? The arguments for abortion rights are indefensible! One cannot be Catholic and be pro- abortion! They are incompatible. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
§2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life…
§2271 Since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed, and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish. God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.
§2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae," "by the very commission of the offense," and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.
Let us pray for all women who have had abortions that they may seek and feel God’s infinite love and mercy for them! Let us pray for all women who are facing unplanned pregnancies that they chose life! Let us all pray for an end to abortion

Praised Be Jesus Christ…Now and Forever!!!

Rev. Steven Jekielek, Pastor

          


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