Pray Brethren

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Abortion and Pacifism

It would be good for us to remember that Eve came from Adam's side. Adam sees her and sees someone that is himself yet is not himself and as such woman is a reminder of man's soul, man's anima. Woman reminds man that his soul must be fortified, guarded, and protected and by protecting her, man remembers to protect his own soul.

Woman, too, is given a gift which reminds her to safeguard her own anima. This is the gift of children. When this gift, which is part of the woman yet not the woman herself, is aborted, the woman has truly embraced a kind of suicide. The scourge of abortion is not a genocide but rather the rejection of a woman to protect her own life.

Catholics have done a good job to promote a Culture of Life, but the Catholic reflex of visceral revulsion towards abortion should be equally felt when Catholics consider pacifism. Indeed, historically speaking, it was pacifism among young American men that lead to abortion. When the men refused to protect their nation, women refused to protect their children.

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