By Tom Quiner
Cardinal Francis Arinze spoke in Des Moines this past weekend. He said something amazing.
He talked about the sanctity of human life. He compared us pro-lifers to Saint Peter and the other disciples, but he didn’t mean it favorably. He said while the disciples were sleeping in the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas was wide-awake, at work organizing the enemies of Christ. While we were sleeping, Planned Parenthood was at work quietly organizing the enemies of the pre-born.
Cardinal Arinze was considered “papabile” (Pope material) before the 2005 papal conclave which elected Cardinal Ratzinger to become the new Pope. Cardinal Arinze is currently the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Disciple of the Sacraments. He also succeeded then-Cardinal Ratzinger as the Bishop of the Velletri-Segni.
For non-Catholics, this all simply means he’s a big deal.
So for a Cardinal who hangs with the Pope to equate the pro-abortion crowd and their prolific anti-life organizing efforts to the disgraced disciple, Judas, the traitor, is rather remarkable. It points out how huge this issue is.
Cardinal Arinze was particularly critical of those who say “although I am personally against abortion, I can’t impose my view on someone else.” The Cardinal has a name for people who think that way: Judas.
The pro life cause, though, is on fire. We’re organized and winning hearts and minds by the minute. However, we are faced with a watershed event this Friday. The Iowa Board of Medicine is meeting to discuss the health implications of Telemedicine abortion. Here is the letter I received from Maggie Dewitte, Executive Director for Iowans for Life:
“I write to you with a very important message for the pro life movement. You are all aware of Iowa being the test pilot for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s new web-cam push-button abortion scheme. It is moving forward at an alarming rate with over 1900 babies lost to this illegal abortion program. This must be stopped right now. The next Iowa Board of Medicine (currently where the issue resides) is having their next board meeting on October 22nd to discuss the policy on telemedicine, specifically telemedicine abortion.
The pro-life community intends to be present in full force that day, both at the public comment time of the board meeting, but also at our townhall meeting that evening. The meeting is to help Iowans understand this telemed abortion issue, and provide action steps that you can take to stop this.
I know we are all very busy in our lives, but I am prayerfully asking that if you do nothing else this year on behalf of the pro live movement, this be your one act. We need everyone there. To put this more clearly, if this program is allowed to go nationwide (which is PP’s plan) this will be the largest expansion of abortion since Roe vs. Wade. We have to stop it, right here, right now. The rest of the country is looking to us to end this. By showing up in the hundred’s to this meeting, we will make a powerful statement to the legislators, Iowa Board of Medicine, doctors, Planned Parenthood, and the media that we mean business and we will continue to fight until this is stopped.”
Here are the details for this Friday’s Pro-LIfe Townhall Meeting:
Date: Friday, October 22, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: The Downtown Church, 323 East Locust Street, Des Moines, IA
Questions? Contact Maggie Dewitte at 515-201-8281 or Jenifer Bowen with Iowa Right to Life at 515-419-7246. Invited guests include Kim Reynolds, Steve King, Brenna Findley, and Brad Zaun.
Cardinal Arinze doesn’t give us any fudge room. We are called to be disciples for life.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS BLOG POST TO INTERESTED PARTIES IMMEDIATELY. Let’s pack the townhall meeting this Friday.