Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Light

Last week, when I read that this abortion mill is closing its doors and that this Gianna Center in NY opened, I felt as though a cloud had lifted and sunlight was pouring through the windows. There is much to hope for in a society that demands something more than what has passed for "women's rights" in the past. And women are demanding more as this article clearly demonstrates. However practical their concerns, a push against the prevailing tide of chemically and surgically induced "reproductive freedom" can only improve the landscape.

Openness to life is at the center of true development. When a society moves towards the denial or suppression of life, it ends up no longer finding the necessary motivation and energy to strive for the human good. The acceptance of life strengthens the moral fiber and makes people capable of mutual help. By cultivating openness to life, wealthy peoples can better understand the needs of the poor, they can avoid employing huge economic and intellectual resources to satisfy the selfish desires of their own citizens, and instead, they can promote virtuous action within the perspective of production that is morally sound and marked by solidarity, respecting the fundamental right to life of every people and individual.

--Pope Benedict XVI