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Cardinal Egan:

One day, please God, when the stranglehold on public opinion in the United States has been released by the extremists for whom abortion is the center of their political and moral life, our nation will, in my judgment, look back on what we have been doing to innocent human beings within their mothers as a crime no less heinous than what was approved by the Supreme Court in the “Dred Scott Case” in the 19th century, and no less heinous than what was perpetrated by Hitler and Stalin in the 20th. There is nothing at all complicated about the utter wrongness of abortion, and making it all seem complicated mitigates that wrongness not at all. On the contrary, it intensifies it.
Do me a favor. Look at the photograph again. Look and decide with honesty and decency what the Lord expects of you and me as the horror of “legalized” abortion continues to erode the honor of our nation. Look, and do not absolve yourself if you refuse to act.

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Tony Vogrincic

posted October 28, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Wow, what an incredible statement. Simply profound. Cardinal Egan’s heart-felt plea to respect life does more in its one page than a whole library might possible do. I can see this piece, nay, “meditation” serve as a powerful tool to challenge the course society and world that we live in.
I will be emailing the Archdiocese of New York to express my deep admiration for Cardinal Egan’s piece.
Regards from Canada.

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posted October 28, 2008 at 7:43 pm

When I went to the National Holocaust Museum in D.C. in 2005 I had that same powerful hope: that we would one day look back on legalized abortion with the same horror with which we now look at the Holocaust. Indeed, I think it is easier to see how Germany, as a nation, was swept up in the tides of the culture when one looks at how easy it has become for our country to be swept up in the tides of the pro-choice movement.

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posted October 28, 2008 at 8:06 pm

A wonderful essay.
However, I wish he had given it, complete with the picture that accompanied it, at the Al Smith Dinner in New York, in front of both McCain and Obama, instead of releasing it two days later in Catholic New York.
It would have been the equivalent of Mother Teresa’s famous witness before the Clintons back in the 80s.

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posted October 28, 2008 at 11:05 pm

“the extremists for whom abortion is the center of their political and moral life”
Of course *we’re* the single issue voters.
— Irenaeus

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posted October 29, 2008 at 7:54 am

I agree with PMcGrath — this is exactly the kind of message that we need to keep in front of our elected representatives constantly. Too often, the audience for the truth has become the electorate and then only during national elections. It’s no wonder that the Republican party has been able to relegate us to the “expected” vote column without any seriously sustainable achievement on this THE most important issue. Those knowledgeable enough to speak to the truth tend not to be the ones running for or holding elected office. McCain should’ve never been able to get away with his tepid “Roe v Wade” response in the last debate. It was his last guaranteed chance to speak to the issue, and he somehow managed to cede air time on the issue to Obama. The bishops have done well to correct ignorance at times when it comes from high profile Democrats, but looking back over the last 30 years, it seems that more was needed and will be necessary to remind Republicans why it is we’ve been voting for them in the first place. We need to move the question from “where do you stand?” asked once every for years to “what have you done to save even one?” asked every day.

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John M. Breen

posted October 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm

PMcGrath is exactly right. You wonder why Egan did’nt say these things at the Al Smith Dinner itself. Too uncomfortable with so many Obama supporters in the room?
You also wonder why McCain didn’t address the life issue in the way that Bush did at the Al Smith Dinner in 2000. He paid tribute to the late Cardinal O’Connor and praised him for his “advocacy on behalf of the rights of the unborn.” Given Obama’s abysmal record on abortion, such a message could have been powerfully effective. Moreover, even if it had no chance of persuading anyone in the room, some things just need to be said.

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Headless Unicorn Guy

posted November 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm

When I went to the National Holocaust Museum in D.C. in 2005 I had that same powerful hope: that we would one day look back on legalized abortion with the same horror with which we now look at the Holocaust. — NB
Axiom 1: Every society at every point in history has its blind spots.
Axiom 2: These blind spots are by definition invisible to those within the society. (“What blind spots?”)
Axiom 3: These blind spots are also very visible to those observing from outside the society, whether the distance is due to belief system, or location, or time period. (“How could they…?”)

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