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Column: Catholics waking up to expansion of culture of death

by Ron Kelsey

In my previous column I pointed out that President Obama had undertaken a series of actions that could broadly expand the culture of death.

Since then, a number of additional pro-abortion presidential appointees and nominations have occurred, including Governor Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services. Also recently, as reported on April 6 by, Obama appointed Harry Knox to the government’s faith-based initiative. Knox recently described Pope Benedict XVI and certain Catholic bishops as “discredited leaders” and criticized the Knights of Columbus as being “foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression” because of their opposition to same-sex marriage.

Additionally, as reported on April 7 by LifeNews, Obama has attempted to name three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican but the Holy See has quietly rejected these.

But these actions and the growth in expansion of the pro-abortion political landscape have not escaped notice among Catholics. And it appears that Catholics are rapidly waking up to the inherent dangers in such an expansion of the culture of death.

First, Catholics have overwhelmingly responded to the request of Archbishop Naumann and the USCCB to protest FOCA and similar measures with millions of postcards being sent to the U.S. Congress. And then there is the enormous uproar of protest over Obama being invited to Notre Dame to give the May 17 commencement address and to receive an honorary degree. Such invitation and award fly in the face of a 2004 directive by U.S. bishops that Catholic schools not honor or give a platform to politicians who favor abortion. Encouragingly, much national media attention has been directed to this incident with Notre Dame.

Finally, the archdiocese is participating in the Red Envelope Project, through which we are joining millions of others around the country who are sending empty red envelopes to President Obama, each representing the life of a child who was killed by abortion.

The pro-life movement is energized and growing, and the radical pro-abortion nature of Obama’s administration is the spark for this fire. Let’s pray that the Catholics continue waking up to this vicious assault on life. Remember, we have 9-11 every day on the unborn, with more babies killed by abortion daily than the 3,000 who were killed on 9-11. No evil is proportionate to the intrinsic evil of abortion in our nation, nor even begins to approach this magnitude. We should pray to our Blessed Mother that she will intercede to protect the unborn and that she will intercede to help with President Obama’s conversion of heart on abortion.

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