4th January

As mentioned earlier, last Sunday was the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. I wrote an article for the parish newsletter on the subject of Motherhood, the cornerstone of society, which is not as valued now as it was in the past. Here is what I wrote.

(If you have time, there is a further article from the recent ALIVE newspaper that discusses radical feminism – its roots in Marxism and its attack on motherhood.)

Motherhood: Today’s feast commemorating Mary’s motherhood of Jesus (who is God) andmadonna all Christians is an opportunity to reflect on the enormous importance of motherhood itself. The great dignity of this was shown when God chose motherhood as the means through which he entered our world to redeem us from sin and reconcile us to himself. Ask anybody about the most important person in their lives and you are likely to hear “My mother.” (Another leading contender would be “My spouse.”) We can see this in the natural world in the nurturing relationship that exists between a ewe and her lamb, a cow and her calf, a cat and her kittens, etc.

It is a most unnatural thing when a mother turns against her offspring as is promoted by the pro-choice culture of our time. St John Paul referred to this as a “Culture of Death” – not only death for the ‘terminated’ baby but a spiritual death for all that is true, beautiful and good in the human person. This Culture of Death that advances the corruption of something so sacred and important as motherhood (like the current efforts to repeal the pro-life 8th Amendment to the Constitution) must be opposed by every means possible.

This Culture of Death represents a spiritual and intellectual cancer that corrupts our common humanity as much as the influences that lead to war, the neglect and persecution of the poor & disadvantaged and the prevailing drug culture. The pro-choice Culture of Death corrupts the medical profession whose very nature is to protect life rather than to destroy it. Since the coming of abortion on an industrial scale in the mid 1960s, many doctors no longer take the original Hippocratic Oath that forbids doctors to take human life with a particular reference to abortion. This venerable tradition dates back to the 5th century BC! Furthermore the Culture of Death corrupts civil government whose role should be to protect the most vulnerable members of humanity. There is nobody more vulnerable and defenceless than the baby in the womb. St Mother Teresa said the true measure of a society is how it looks after its poorest and disadvantaged people (not its expression of affluence and technological advancement).

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