Some excellent news from New York City last week:
Archbishop Timothy Dolan joined other religious leaders Thursday vowing to work to reduce the number of abortions in New York City.
Leaders of various faiths denounced figures that showed that 41% of pregnancies in the city were terminated in 2009. They also criticized sex-education programs in the public school system that include distributing condoms.
“That 41% of New York babies are aborted, a percentage even higher in the Bronx and among our African-American babies in the womb, is downright chilling,” said the archbishop, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in New York City. “I invite all to come together to make abortion rare,” he added. (Source)
This is exactly what we need, leaders from various faiths joining forces to battle abortion. And doing it PUBLICLY.
They even set up a nifty little website called NYC41percent.com
In my opinion, these leaders should also make sure they clean their own backyards. They need to eliminate abortion from their own congregations. How are we going to convince the world to stop having abortions if we can’t even convince our own parishioners? And where are we going to get the manpower to run an effective pro-life movement if we don’t have buy-in from every member of our congregations?
In any war, you need to consolidate your own territory before you try to expand. If the enemy has infiltrated your territory and is occupying parts of your land, you would be unwise to try and expand outward. You should start by eliminating the enemy within first. Likewise, any coach knows that he can’t beat another team until he’s inculcated unity and discipline within his own team. “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.” (Matt 12:25)
Our most immediate challenge is to convert the Church. That’s why Socon or Bust spends so much time focusing on the corruption and dissent within the Catholic Church. We can work simultaneously to bring the Culture of Life to the world, but we cannot ignore or neglect to fix our internal problems.