Crossed The Tiber

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A Grave Mistake and an Abiding Hope

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Americans have made a grave mistake in electing Barack Obama to the presidency. Yet America herself remains great and is not a mistake, which is why so many of her citizens will continue, with even greater energy and determination, to defend her founding principles.

The man elected to the Presidency said during the campaign that he does not know when a human being starts to have human rights. How can one govern from that starting point of ignorance? Governing is about protecting human rights; to do it successfully, you have to know where they come from, and when they begin.

The President-elect has already failed that test miserably.

The American people do not share Barack Obama’s extreme and offensive views on abortion. They never have and they never will. The coming four years will see a widening gap between the people and their President on this fundamental issue. As Americans come to know how extreme his position is, the intensity of the struggle to protect these children will only increase.

The pro-life movement has made significant gains in the courts and in the law in these last eight years. For the next four, the movement will work to prevent the erosion of that progress.

It would be a serious mistake for people to think that this election means the pro-life movement has no political power. All politics is local. Political power is about people. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was once told that given the political realities, civil rights legislation would be impossible to pass. “We’ll just have to see about that,” he replied. And the civil rights movement was born, stirring the hearts of the people to lead the nation to the victory of justice.

So it is with our movement. The vast majority of Americans are pro-life. They will fight abortion on the local level, opening pregnancy centers and closing abortion mills, activating their Churches and educating their children, proclaiming the message in the media and demonstrating in the streets. The pro-life movement is winning this battle in the hearts and minds of the American people, as opinion polls show and as the shrinking number of abortion mills and abortion providers prove.

Political races are always a swinging of the pendulum. As soon as you win, you begin to lose, and as soon as you lose, you begin the ascent again to winning. In the next two election cycles (2010 and 2012) the pro-life movement will make up for political ground lost in this one.

It is all right to be disappointed at the end of an election season, but one must never walk away. Amidst disappointment is abiding hope in America, where everything remains possible, and where a new chapter of the pro-life movement has just begun. The efforts that were made, and the sacrifices endured in this election season made a difference, and we will build on that difference to see another day when the work and the ballots of pro-life people will dismantle the Culture of Death. We will keep marching toward that pro-life America we seek, and won’t stop until we get there.

Priests for Life
PO Box 141172
Staten Island, NY 10314
phone: 718-980-4400
fax: 718-980-6515


Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

As I just posted earlier in the afternoon, I'm not going to let this atrocious vote get me down. I was bummed this morning, and at 3 prayed Divine Mercy. I was saddened by the election results most of the morning, but by noon, I couldn't take it anymore, and started to laugh. These people are going to see what Socialism/Marxism is. The "change" they clamored for will be upon them in the blink of an eye.

St Padre Pio says "Pray hope don't worry." This will and should drive us to our knees and keep us praying fervently, which is always a good thing. And to keep fighting in every way we can. Good will come out of this evil, but this is sure to be one helluva bumpy ride!

November 05, 2008 10:47 PM  
Blogger Rene'e said...

Here we go....

Obama reviews Bush orders on stem cells, drilling

November 09, 2008 1:37 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Thanks for the heads up rene. He isn't wasting anytime, is he?.
But, Prayer can still change things and we will keep heaven busy with our requests for intercession.

November 09, 2008 4:59 PM  
Blogger NanaR said...

After talking to some of my Catholic friends who voted for Obama, I discovered that they claimed to NOT KNOW that he advocates repeal of the ban on partial birth abortion and that he voted no on the "Born Alive" bill.

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do"

I greatly fear that in the next four years, they are going to find out.

"For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world"


November 10, 2008 5:47 AM  

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