Let’s begin in the state of California where all things weird seem to originate. Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, located in Eureka, has devised a plan involving a group called Clergy for Choice. Its website states, “We are religious leaders who value all human life. We accept that religions differ about when life begins. We are here to help.”
There you have it, at least for these folks. Rather than relying on basic science, which anyone who has taken a high school biology class is capable of doing, these leaders prefer to rely on the Supreme Court as the authority of choice. This enables them to opine that “religions differ” which is, itself, an oxymoron since God is but One, True, and Constant regardless of religions. But why split hairs? The goal for these people of the cloth is clear: protect abortion and ask God to help.
This is why the group has launched “40 days of prayer and contemplation”—a project created by Faith Aloud for the express purpose of protecting “reproductive justice,” which means, in part, a woman’s right to abort her child once that child’s life has begun. The campaign, which commenced on March 18, provides supporters of the campaign with a different intention for each of the 40 days. The reflection for April 13 states, “Today we give thanks for abortion providers around the nation whose concern for women is the driving force in their lives.”
Clearly, the creators of this hedonistic “prayer” exercise have the strange notion that God did not truly mean it when He handed down the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”
And as if this were not bad enough, we need only move on up the West Coast to the state of Washington and listen to the words of allegedly Catholic Melinda Gates—co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. During a 25-minute speech, delivered on this year’s Holy Thursday, Gates made it perfectly clear that contraception is a fundamental human right and, in addition, a subject that is not controversial within the Catholic Church. According to a report printed on Good Friday in the Seattle Post Intelligencer,
Melinda Gates noted being brought up a Catholic and being educated at Church schools through high school, even that her mother’s great-uncle was a Jesuit priest.
As to artificial contraception, she said, “In the tradition of the great Catholic scholars, the nuns also taught us to question received teachings. One of the teachings most of my classmates and I questioned was the one saying that birth control is a sin.”
Other teachings, on public service and the Social Gospel, Gates believed and has acted upon, saying: “In the work at our foundation, I believe I am applying the lessons I learned in school.”
In other words, Gates sets herself up as someone who can publicly use her influence, just like Nancy Pelosi, Joseph Biden, and others, to besmirch the fundamental, infallible teachings of the Church. Gates clearly has a problem with the Church’s position on contraception, and she fails time and again to state the truth—that the early abortions caused by most of these contraceptives is a fact that cannot be denied. Thus I dare not describe any of her comments as Catholic because what she is spouting is decidedly not of God or His teaching—nor is it part of the magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church.
The point is this: Using God to advance evil is itself evil. Perhaps Gates and the religious leaders of Eureka, California, are ignorant of what truth really is and how it is prescribed by God to be understood. Perhaps their individual consciences have simply not been developed according to right reason.
Or perhaps they are people who have intellectually chosen to be gods unto themselves and thus rewrite salvation history. If that is the case, I am reminded of Christ’s admonition to His disciples in Matthew, Chapter 18: “But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.”