Geraldine Ferraro passed away yesterday at the age of 76 years. She made history as the first female Vice Presidential candidate. In 1984, Walter Mondale chose her as his running mate; they lost to incumbents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush.
Her praises are being sung now as being a woman who broke that glass ceiling for women who would come after her; such is coming from the mouths of even pro-life leaders - who really should know better than that. Only for those women who were not aborted might that claim be made of Ferraro. The sad fact is that she espoused pro-abortion positions and policies, thus fomenting the most horrible oppression for countless little girls (and boys). No "broken glass ceilings" for them! To add insult to injury, she called herself Catholic. She had the audacity to sign a letter claiming a "diversity of Catholic opinion" about abortion. The late John Cardinal O'Connor rebutted that at a news conference, rightly stating that she misrepresented Catholic teaching.
I do not approve of all the laudatory things being said of her in disregard to the immense harm that her abortion advocacy caused, for that itself is an injustice to the unborn children and those in danger of abortion. On the other hand, I have seen horrible imprecations against her on the internet; they are to be deplored as sins against God's mercy.
While we may not lionize this woman, we are obliged to pray for God's mercy upon her soul, that she might have repented at the end and obtained eternal salvation.