In which pro-life is pro-Trump. Or vice versa
Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, a Catholic anti-abortion organization, sent one of his exhortations asking me to fill out a survey saying how much I like our president's appointment of Justice Gorsuch and how much I hate Planned Parenthood and, BTW how much money I am sending. I can't imagine that any regulars on this blog have never seen one of these "surveys." What set me off is: "The election of President Donald J. Trump provides pro-life movement an historic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enact a strong pro-life legislation that will save the lives of millions of babies."
What he is getting at is defunding Planned Parenthood. And me sending him money. No way. Thus is what I wrote in reply:
Dear Father Pavone,
As a Catholic, active opponent of abortion and the husband of a sidewalk counselor, I can no longer abide your continued enabling of President Trump as a “historic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Presidents Reagan and W. Bush were called that, too, and where are we? Please stop the “surveys” extolling this one. Since his election (and before), Donald J. Trump has been a consistent affront to what St. Pope John Paul II called solidarity and Pope Francis calls human dignity. Only two of the latest offenses:
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“This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase – and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies," – Donald J. Trump, selling arms, Sunday, May 21, 2017
“That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.” Pope Francis’s Apostleship of Prayer intention for June 2017
“The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers -- who I love -- and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.” – Donald J. Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Accords, June 1, 2017
“(A) leadership role among nations can only be justified by the possibility and willingness to contribute widely and generously to the common good. If a nation were to succumb more or less deliberately to the temptation to close in upon itself and failed to meet the responsibilities following from its superior position in the community of nations, it would fall seriously short of its clear ethical duty.” -- St. Pope John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis , par. 23
You have laced Priests for Life so tightly to the Republican Party that when the party lost its mind, conscience and decency Priests for Life lost them with it. Your organization now does what you charge against opponents – material cooperation with evil. Even at best, it’s cynical opportunism. As a Catholic, a human and an American I cannot support what your organization is doing in the name of pro-life.