Monday, 26 January 2009

A moving pro-life testimony

Fr John Boyle at St Simon's Parish blog has posted a letter that he received after the SPUC White Flower appeal.

Sometimes priests are worried about preaching on a pro-life theme because "there might be women in the congregation who have had an abortion". The truth is, there very likely will be women in the congregation who have had an abortion and that is one important reason why we need to preach the Gospel of Life. Women who regret this decision need to hear a compassionate voice on the subject. Otherwise all that will be heard is the media-driven prejudice that the Church's pro-life teaching is about condemning women.

We also need to reach the men too. By encouragement, by silence, or by using the get-out clause "I'll support you whatever you do", many men have co-operated in abortion and need to understand that this also needs repentance and forgiveness.
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