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Coming to you from the ninth annual "Bringing America Back to Life Symposium" sponsored by the Cleveland Right to Life, this event is quickly becoming the premier event in the pro-life world as 1,000s of concerned pro-lifers descend here on the Embassy Suites annually this second weekend in March. There is a terrific slate of speakers each year and many workshops on every topic and angle facing the pro-life community from same-sex marriage to transgenderism to so-called sex education in classrooms to euthanasia to chemical abortion — not one stone is left unturned here.
Now, you might be wondering, as too many pro-lifers do, what all those issues have to do with abortion — murdering children in the womb? The answer is simple and yet controversial — contraception, birth control. Church Militant was among the various keynote speakers here this past weekend, and it was this focus that we hammered on during our presentation. All of these evils, every last one of them, have entrenched themselves in the culture owing to the anti-conception — the anti-life mentality.
It is perhaps the hallmark condemnation of the Culture of Death that some children who survive death from the abortionist emerge from the womb into a culture accepting of their would be murder and then become murderers themselves. How are all these connected? Ultimately because they are each opposed to the truth of human life, so anything, absolutely anything that devalues life and its sanctity and the sacredness of the sexual act is all bound up together in one massive diabolical assault against the Kingdom. And the camel's nose under the tent, the key which unlocked Pandora's box, has been contraception. The word even contains within itself its own charter of death — "contra" equals against, "ception," beginning (of life) — against conception, against life.
Contraception was not the cause of abortion, but it is what now keeps it a reality. Even opponents of the pro-life movement tacitly admit that in banning some types of abortion, contraception would become illegal. So, they fight like hell because the devil is their father because they do their father's will. Consider the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy which we have quoted a number of times in the infamous 1992 Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood vs. Casey: "For two decades of economic and social developments, [people] have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail." In short, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Roe v. Wade by declaring that a contraceptive lifestyle demands access to abortion.
How did the world get to the place where a sexually saturated society has brought about contraception which leads to abortion? And on that point, every single survey and research conducted by both the pro-life side and the pro-abortion side agrees — half of all abortions are the direct result of failed contraception. So, on that score alone, contraception leads to abortion even if as just a so-called backup.
How did the world get to such a state where someone's life is cast aside so that another human can have a sexual tryst? It's as though all of mankind is suffering from the venom of the serpent, becoming first spiritually paralyzed and then succumbing to death. Aside from the reality that the effects of original sin which underlies all evil, this specific evil came to full blossom in the halcyon days of the sexual revolution. It was into that morass of hedonism and supreme self-centeredness that Blessed Pope Paul VI released arguably the most controversial encyclical in the history of the Church: Humanae Vitae (On Human Life). In that landmark document, he predicted, you might even say prophesied, four distinct evils that would befall mankind if contraception became commonplace. He said in number 17 of his encyclical:
Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity ... a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation, need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. ... Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection ... [And] careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law.
Not one of those predictions has failed to materialize, indeed, we were already in process even when he wrote it.
Think about it. From where does the #MeToo or the #Time'sUp movements arise? Because women were and are seen as objects for gratification. Whether some of those women willingly accepted that role to advance is another topic. Many of the men using women were married and so infidelity ran and continues to run wild. The lowering of moral standards is so self-evident, it's like having to explain why two plus two equals four. And the overall corruption of the morals of society becoming weaponized in the hands of immoral governmental leaders has become the norm.
That so many Catholic clergy, bishops included, have not taught this most important truth of the Faith instituted by the Son of God will stand as a point of their condemnations when they stand before Almighty God at their judgments. It is the leaders of the Catholic world, who for multiple insufficient reasons have chosen to keep silence on all of this, who ultimately have the blood of hundreds of millions on their hands and more importantly the spiritual deaths and resulting damnation of countless souls.
Spiritual warfare does not play out in some corner of the cosmos. It plays out right here on earth in a million different foxholes but all of them on the same battlefield. That so many, many bishops would rebel against Humanae Vitae and the Holy Father set in motion events which have now resulted in the temporal and spiritual deaths of combined billions is perhaps the greatest tragedy that has ever befallen the Church. Ambitious, cowardly, twisted and psychologically sick men drunk on power and/or their own homosexuality have assumed control of large swaths of the Church and brought it to ruin.
Pro-lifers too share some blame in this evil for refusing to speak to the reality of contraception to non-Catholic pro-lifers for fear of offending their incorrectly reasoned theological positions and thereby doing harm and causing splits in the pro-life movement. The goals of the pro-life movement nor even the movement itself are not more important than the higher truth it serves. Until contraception is roundly absolutely and completely condemned by leaders in the Church and leaders in the pro-life movement, the child killing will continue because the poison has not been removed.
Sex is for procreation first, not pleasure first. But the world has completely destroyed that divine concept and declared sex is only for pleasure and eventually we may need to kill the consequences. Too many leaders in the Church, as well as the pro-life movement, have dabbled in the sorcery of contraception, and this is why the killing continues. Compromise was made on this issue back as the battle began, and now we are paying the price.
Truth is related to purity, and purity is a manifestation of the Truth, the fullness of truth. You cannot claim to be "pro-life" when you are really only pro-birth — content to ignore the underlying philosophical contradiction of contraception that the purveyors of death use as their own foundational argument. God help those who knew or come to know the Truth and rationalize it, and that means cowardly Catholics, proud Protestants, as well as power-hungry Herods, for broad is the way and wide is the path that leads to eternal damnation, and many there are who travel it.