As we enter the last week before the presidential campaign, it struck me last night at a Sunday evening Mass that something is changing for the better in our Church: people are getting bolder in resisting the Culture of Death. Before the beginning of the quasi-youth Mass with its contemporary music, the young female singer urged us to vote for God's choice in the election and then proceeded to sing a song about the tragedy of abortion.
After the Mass, pro-life volunteers handed out their pro-life voting guides as people exited the door. The setting was a very large middle class, suburban parish in a strongly Democratic and pro-union part of Michigan.
Of course, this experience is anecdotal. But it matches what we have seen on the internet, in newspaper advertisements, in the form of a highly publicized canon law complaint boldly filed against Kerry, in the questions directed by ordinary citizens toward the candidates in the town hall presidential debate, in the outspoken bishops and archbishops who have denied Communion to Kerry, and in the articulate and aggressive election year posture of Archbishop Chaput in Denver. What all these actions have in common is that the ambiguity and pusillanimity of the past are wearing thin with many pro-life Catholics. We are in a cultural war, and faithful Catholics are ready to rumble.
People, young and old, are bolder and less inhibited in expressing support for life and for marriage. This boldness did not come from the U.S. Bishops Conference or from a diocesan workshop or roundtable discussion.
And this boldness certainly did not come from the liberal precincts of heterodox Catholic ivory towers and their in-house academic theologians and canon lawyers. In my opinion, this new boldness among faithful Catholics comes from the Holy Spirit. Finally, we have a good example of the authentic workings of the sense of the truly faithful, from the bottom up.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.