On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

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• Mollie Wilson O'Reilly over at dotCommonweal has a solid post on today's 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.  The question of the Church's teaching on abortion comes up in a session I do with the groups in our two-level high school Confirmation program.  I try to get at this from a perspective not unlike O'Reilly's in this essay.

• Bishop Blaise Cupich's homily for January 21, appears on America's blog, In All ThingsCupich, bishop of Spokane, picks up on Richard Blanco's poem at the inaguration yesterday and takes it a step further or, as he puts it, "completes it:" 
All of this suggests that the voice of the prophetic poet will benefit our cause more than the language of the politician or lawyer, the philosopher or even the theologian. It is a voice, as the late Rabbi Abraham Heschel reminded us, that 'God has lent to the silent agony,' a voice addressed both to the 'plundered poor and to the profane riches of the world,' a voice that reminds us that while 'few may be guilty, all are responsible.
The Anchoress, Elizabeth Scalia, links us to another Patheos columnist, Pat Ghon, who has a guest piece over at the Washington Post's Guest Vocies titled, Respect women, respect life. Scalia frames Gohn's column with a question and affirmation, "Think you’ve heard it all about abortion? Then think again!  This is a new approach to the question. It is pastoral. It is generous in spirit, and therefore it is instructive and convincing."

Plenty of food for thought, prayer and ministry in these three links - take a look!


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