Summary: Even the best state schools are hobbled in their abilities to prepare children for life in a world that despises the Gospel of Christ, so we must arm them with Christian values in Christian environments.
Fourth Sunday in Course
Catholic Schools Week
31 January 2016
How is it that the synagogue congregation that in one moment we hear listened to Jesus preaching and saying wonderful things about Him is just ten minutes later ready to run Him out of town and throw Him off a cliff? Of course, less than three years later, the same thing happened in Holy Week, and the actions of the fickle crowd led to the execution of the Son of God—and our redemption! How is it that a prophet is not welcome in His own country, and that—as we read elsewhere—Jesus was unable to perform miracles in his home town because of their lack of faith?
More to the point, how is it that today we American Catholics and our message are so unwelcome in our own nation? In 1965, the Supreme Court threw out all the laws against contraception, laws that both Catholics and Protestants had worked hard to implement just a few decades earlier. Within months the federal government was pushing contraceptives on the poor—trying to wage a War on Poverty by reducing their numbers. How has that worked out? Today there are many more families living under the poverty line than ever before. The Catholic Church continues to speak out in favor of the dignity and rights of natural families, specifically the right of parents to space and procreate and educate their children according to their own best lights, fully in line with the design of the Creator.
In 1973, the Supreme Court threw out every law protecting children in the nine months before birth, and placed a woman's right to privacy ahead of her child's right to life. Now, millions of murders later, our Social Security system is paying out far more money than it's taking in, companies are having trouble staffing because of the demographic implosion, and still the nation's biggest crime family, Planned Parenthood is being subsidized by our governments, millions of dollars each month, to continue the genocide. Last year those of us who have been for decades active in support of the right to life were saddened and energized by the videos showing the cavalier manner in which Planned Parenthood officials sell off the organs of the children they kill. Just this week, the pro-life world was shocked to learn that a grand jury in Houston is indicting the very people who blew the whistle on that organization, and declining to indict them. I hear that the Harris county DA—who NPR says ran for office as a “proudly pro-life Republican”-- is affiliated with Planned Parenthood. The Catholic Church continues to preach and promote the right to life from conception to natural death, and Pope Francis has written that the world cannot ever expect us to change that message from God.
So why does the culture, the government, the media hate the Church and its message so much? Scripture tells us it is because we accuse them of violating their training, of acting and thinking and writing without any attention to the Law of God. That Law, St. Paul tells us in the letter to Rome, is written on their hearts. We may not murder the innocent; we may not play God. It is for God to judge other human beings, but it is for us disciples of the Son of God never to compromise with evil, or pretend that evil systems can be allowed to grow like cancers without destroying civilization and dragging millions down to a living hell.