I just read on Zenit that Pope Benedict XVI and several bishops have requested clemency for a convicted criminal scheduled for execution in a few days. Lots and lots of highly-placed folks are weighing in on behalf of this man. It's not my purpose to comment on the merits or demerits of their actions, but to point out some painful and scandalous dichotomies.
This is one man who will be executed on September 16th. Between then and now over 20,000 babies will be executed in their mothers' wombs. This man has had a trial by peers and has exercised various appeals. These children will have no benefit of trial and no benefit of appeals.
Where are all the bishops, church councils, etc for these babies? Given the concern that they display over this man, is it really too much to ask for commensurate concern and action for each and every one of these babies?
Tomorrow is Saturday, a favorite murder-day of the abortionists. I and others will trudge out to the mills to pray and intercede for the babies. There are all too few of us. Often we are mocked, threatened, attacked, etc - while Church hierarchy looks the other way. Yes, a few good priests do come to join us, but why isn't every single priest out there on a regular basis?
I never could figure out why so many in the "social justice" crowd got so exercised about capital punishment and yet espoused "pro-choice" beliefs. One day it dawned on me. Pro-abortion people are opposed to capital punishment because of self-interest (their prime motivator). They instinctively realize that in a sane world, their aiding and abetting of baby-murder might well make them eligible to receive that punishment.