Around here, we complain a lot that Republicans tend to charge up the outrage machine, or jump on the effusive praise bandwagon every time something happens that upsets their fine balance between ignoring culture completely and trying to convince America that Kirk Cameron makes excellent movies you should definitely see even if you kind of think he’s a little crazy.
Anyway, it’s nice to see someone else forget to read past the headline for once. NARAL Pro-Choice America is, of course, known for getting hot and bothered over abortion rights in this country and that’s fine, because that’s what they were founded to do, and despite being the only logical destination in America for anyone who actually obtained a Womens’ Studies degree, they have observant marketing that appeals to the lowest common denominator of humanity, a mid-20s female who subscribes to Cosmopolitan and considers her life to be totally like Lena Dunham’s on Girls, despite also being a communications major at a Big Ten school who is probably destined to marry a vacant public school “international studies” teacher and move back to the suburbs so that she can buy Oakleys and shuttle her three kids to soccer practice.
Not that I’m morally superior to anyone I went to high school with or anything.
But back to the point, last week, the media decided to jump on Pope Francis’s comments that the media should focus on more than Pope Francis’s comments. And NARAL decided that meant that the head of the Catholic Church was about to change the Church’s position on killing unborn babies. And they wrote him a thank you note.
Unfortunately, NARAL forgot to either read past the headline on the America Magazine interview, or push one of its many well-educated interns to follow up in the story, because, while NARAL was raising money off the Pope’s newfound respect for women who choose to violate one of the most immovable parts of Catholic dogma (and, at the same time, insult pretty much everyone’s intelligence, but that’s par for the course), the Pope decided to make a speech to a gathering of Catholic gynecologists in Rome, where he set out the parameters for the Catholic Church’s new abortion policy.
In his comments, Francis denounced today’s “throw-away culture” that justifies disposing of lives, and said doctors in particular had been forced into situations where they are called to “not respect life.”
“Every child that isn’t born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord,” he said.
He urged the gynecologists to abide by their consciences and help bring lives into the world. “Things have a price and can be for sale, but people have a dignity that is priceless and worth far more than things,” he said.
Something tells me that doesn’t fit with NARAL’s legislative agenda.
Honestly, Pope Francis would not have been elected had he not been willing to continue the work of Blessed John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, so it’s illogical for the media to believe he represents a dramatic change for the Church, not that anyone in the Church wants a dramatic change anyway, except for maybe those “womynpriests” who aren’t really part of the church. The Catholic position on killing the innocent (and, for that matter, killing the guilty) is pretty much set in stone. Let’s just say that Pope Francis has been excellent at communicating the real work of the Church to people who wouldn’t normally listen, and bringing people to the Church’s teachings who wouldn’t have lavished praise on Popes they considered to be more dogmatic. And that’s a good thing.
Especially when NARAL runs head first into a brick wall. Thankfully, the Internet’s Catholic community was there to help NARAL up by the elbow and offer them some constructive criticism.