Friday, April 27, 2012

Media Hypocrisy.....Again

I refer you to Christopher McCamley's blog for an excellent post exposing the hypocrisy which is at the heart of the Irish media: while praising a disable young woman for her marvellous achievements, violently attacking those who object to aborting children like her.

This young woman, Joanne O'Riordan is an inspiration, as are all those disabled athletes who excel in their chosen field.  A few years ago the Irish media was gushing over the Special Olympics when Ireland hosted them, but yet they still consider it a woman's right (duty, perhaps??) to abort her child if that child is disabled.   To question this rational, as did Senator Ronan Mullen, results in a witch hunt by the media for daring to "offend" the women who have aborted their children.

Indeed I note that Ryan Tubridy interviewed Joanne on the Late Late Show, the same programme which gave three women proselytising for the abortion of the disabled full reign to promote their position.

Not to be dragging a certain Austro-German dictator into the debate, but he had a very interesting term which seems disturbingly apt as a summary of this "pro-choice" position: "life unworthy of life".

The Servant of God, Cardinal Terence Cooke held an opposing view - a view which challenges that of a certain Austro-German dictator and those who see the killing of the disabled in the womb as a good thing.  In the last letter he wrote before his death from cancer, he spoke of how precious life is, and how even more precious when it is at its most vulnerable.

Because that last letter is so profound, I think it is worth quoting in full.  It is one of the finest arguments for the pro-life position.
October 9, 1983
Dear Friends in Christ:

How often we speak of " the gift of life," God's "gift of life" to us, His sons and daughters. What a beautiful phrase! How filled with meaning it is! In the Book of Genesis, we read of the origin of this gift: "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

It is at times when life is threatened - such as times of serious illness - that the Lord gives us a special grace to appreciate "the gift of life" more deeply as an irreplaceable blessing which only God can give from conception until death and at every moment between, it is the Lord Our God Who gives us life, and we, who are His creatures, should cry out with joy and thanksgiving for this precious gift.

We are made in God's image and likeness, and this fact gives a unique dimension to "the gift of life." We have even more reason to be grateful. It is tragic that in our time, concepts which are disastrous to the well-being of God's human family--abortion, euthanasia and infanticide--are falsely presented as useful and even respectable solutions to human family and social problems. Human life is sometimes narrowly viewed in terms of being inconvenient or unwanted, unproductive or lacking arbitrarily imposed human criteria.

From the depths of my being, I urge you to reflect on this anti-life, anti-child, anti-human view of life and to oppose with all your strength the deadly technologies of life-destruction which daily result in the planned death of the innocent and the helpless. Together we must search for ways to demonstrate this conviction in our daily lives and in our public institutions. In doing so, we must never be discouraged or give up. Too much is at stake - "the gift of life" itself.

The "gift of life," God's special gift, is no less beautiful when it is accompanied by illness or weakness, hunger or poverty, mental or physical handicaps, loneliness or old age. Indeed, at these times, human life gains extra splendor as it requires our special care, concern and reverence. It is in and through the weakest of human vessels that the Lord continues to reveal the power of His love.

For the last ten years, I have served as Chairman of the Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities in the United States. With God's help, I have tried to encourage and promote a Respect Life attitude throughout our nation. I have pleaded with you to pray and to be active in the many efforts for the enhancement and the protection of human life at every stage of existence.

In October, as we observe Respect Life Month, I call on you to rededicate your efforts for the sanctity of all human life and to work to counteract the contemporary threats to life. I urge you to increase and to strengthen the programs in our parishes and communities for the poor, the elderly, the handicapped, the rejected, the homeless, the suffering, the unwanted, the unborn. I ask you to focus attention again on the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life activities and on the three elements of education, pastoral care and public policy which are necessary if we are to work for and defend the most defenseless members of society.

At this grace-filled time of my life, as I experience suffering in union with Jesus Our Lord and Redeemer, I offer gratitude to Almighty God for giving me the opportunity to continue my apostolate on behalf of life. I thank each one of you, my sisters and brothers in the Archdiocese of New York and throughout our nation, for what you have done and will do on behalf of human life. May we never yield to indifference or claim helplessness when innocent human life is threatened or when human rights are denied.

With you, I entrust our efforts to the care of Our Lady who, from the moment of her Immaculate Conception to the present, has been the refuge for the poorest and most forgotten among God's people. I assure you of a special share in the prayerful offerings of my sufferings to the Father, in union with Jesus and through the Spirit of Love Who is ours in abundance.

May God bless you always and give you His peace.

Devotedly yours in Christ,

Terence Cardinal Cooke
Archbishop of New York
And as for Joanne, and all those men, women and children who are disabled - they remind us that life must be served and cherished, that it can flourish even in the most difficult of situations and remind us that at the end of the day existence and significance have nothing to do with power and domination.  In this, they are our teachers and examples.  

When the life of one child is destroyed through abortion, humanity is destroyed with it. 


  1. The really sad thing about the Leben Unswertesleben (life not worth living) argument is that it predates Hitler's rise to power and one of the two authors of the legal tome proposing it wasn't even a Nazi! Most chilling was the fact that they wanted to alter the right to commit suicide (which was nontransferable under the German penal code) into a transferable right. In other words, all these poor disabled or even just chronically ill people were to be "helped" to "end their suffering" whether they liked it or not.

  2. Chilling juxtaposition highlighting the absurdity of evil, the dictatorship of relativism, the loveless politically correct world that is being imposed upon us! Wake up Ireland!! Wake up world!! Wake up our leaders in Faith and morals!