It is sad to read how even some Catholic hospitals are allowing the degradation of their high moral standards concerning the sacredness of each human life for the sake of worldly popularity. Morally, such hospitals have come to embrace a process of evolving into moral oblivion. A true therapy for rape would involve using a powerful spermicide "stat" (ASAP), when a woman is a victim of sexual assault.
But the use of a drug that threatens the life of a child already conceived is not justified by the fact that the child has not yet implanted in his/her mother's womb.
Sadly, a Catholic hospital (See: Spero article here) seems to have bought into the 1965 decision of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to no longer define conception as taking place at the moment of fertilization, but rather at the moment of implantation. This allowed them to give "the pill" a free pass as being merely a contraceptive, and not an abortifacient.
Our biggest problem is that the common praxis in the Church is to give a free pass to those pro-actively pushing contraception and abortion. Church leaders are even willing to permit the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament, so that Catholics are given the impression that Our Eucharistic Lord is giving a smiling "thumbs up" to those promoting the butchery of babies in the womb. Killing pre-born children is not what Jesus meant when He said, "Let the little children come to Me." Sadly, though, so many of our bishops allow this to continue with only token opposition to those who assert that Jesus Himself, with His Own Body and Blood, is ratifying the efforts of
"Catholics", who boldly assert that no pre-born child should have the right to live.
Sadly, even as she proclaims a New Evangelization, the Catholic Church in America is engaged in the New Capitulation, which de facto makes her appear to be more Unitarian than Catholic. In many of our Catholic institutions and parishes, the standard for good pastoral care has degenerated to the point where we have embraced the standards of absolute subjectivity and invincible ambiguity, ministered through the co-dependent whine of "compassion".
The cross of Christ is being rejected in favor of the ideology of political correctness. Where we so scrupulously avoid violating the taboo against using the dehumanizing "N-word", we give a free pass to using the dehumanizing "F-word" (fetus). Thus we are seeing the continuing degeneration of the Church Militant in the United States into the Church Milquetoast.
Evangelization cannot take place by proclaiming decisive ambiguity.
Rev. Thomas Collins is a Catholic priest who serves the people of Virginia.