Monday, August 3, 2015

Confused Nun wrong about abortion

Sister Joan Chittister
There has been a lot of chatter on the Internet about a quote from Sister Joan Chittister, a Catholic nun and author of over 50 books, regarding her views on the Catholic Pro-Life stance on abortion.  She said:
"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."
I believe that a quick refresher on history, and her own religion, would easily show Sister Joan that she is incorrect in her assertions here.  For one thing, 99.9% of all people lived in poverty for 99.9% of history, meaning that 99.9% of children born were born into poverty.

This is a fact that cannot be disputed.  Most people thoughout history lived under totalitarian dictatorship-type governments, and most commoners had no chance to acquire any wealth or material property.  People hunted, and fished, or worked on farms every day just to put food on the table.

The role of the Church suggests that it is the responsibility of parents to provide for their children, even if that means making personal sacrifices.  Of course that's aside from the fact that procreating, giving birth to children, and keeping them alive, is essential for humanity to continue.  Had a majority of impoverished parents aborted their children throughout the course of history, most of us would not exist today.

The Bible also teaches about personal responsibility, accountability, charity and justice. These are all things that must come from individual choice, not by government mandate.  Surely it is noble to give to the poor, but it is not noble for a government to force such by government edict and taxes.  Social justice, redistribution of wealth, which is what this nun is hinting at, does not teach responsibility and accountability, and it surely is not charity nor justice.

My dad once said that once two people are married, they should have children regardless of their financial status or material desires.  My dad is right. Had our parents, grandparents and great grandparents decided to wait for the ideal time, or wait for government handouts, none of us would exist today.

So while pro-choice pundits may think that this nun, who may be one of the smartest and nicest people in the world, "Brilliantly Exposed “Pro-Life” Hypocrites With This Hard-Hitting Quote, they are wrong. Nothing is more valuable than life.  And once aborted, there is no chance at all,