Would it not be wonderful to live in a pro-life society?
It seems too idealistic, given the moral sewage we live in these days, perhaps. Yet still, we maintain our goal of establishing a pro-life society where every life is valued. No innocent blood is shed.
How would we ever create such a culture? What would we need to do? Well, the late, great Archbishop Fulton Sheen has the answer. In his preface to Radio Replies: Third Volume, Archbishop Sheen calls for some intellectual reformation of our society. He sees this as the key to return civilization back towards God and away from Paganism.
Below is a quote from him from the preface. I think it holds the key to reforming our culture. The reason we no longer outlaw abortion, contraception, doctors murdering patients, and so forth, is due to our culture being dumbed down into a base existence. As you will see him argue, our society does not live up to the mores of Catholic teaching, precisely because it no longer seeks the truth through rational thought.
ARCHBISHOP SHEEN’S BRILLIANT INSIGHTS
“Not only does the [Catholic] Church love controversy because it helps her sharpen her wits; she loves it also for its own sake. The Church is accused of being the enemy of reason; as a matter of fact, she is the only one who believes in it…
“The Church asks her children to think hard and think clean. Then she asks them to do two things with their thoughts: First, she asks them to externalize them in the concrete world of economics, government, commerce, and education, and by this externalization of beautiful, clean thoughts to produce a beautiful and clean civilization.
“The quality of any civilization depends upon the nature of the thoughts its great minds bequeath to it. If the thoughts are externalized in the press, in the senate chamber, on the public platform, are base, civilization itself will take on their base character with the same readiness with which a chameleon takes on the color of the object upon which it is placed. But if the thoughts that are vocalized and articulated are high and lofty, civilization will be filled, like a crucible, with the gold of the things worth while.
“The Church asks her children not only to externalize their thoughts and thus produced culture, but also to internalize their thoughts and thus produce spirituality. The constant giving would be dissipation unless new energy was supplied from within. In fact, before a thought can be bequeathed to the outside, it must have been born on the inside. But no thought is born without silence and contemplation. It is in the stillness and quiet of one’s own intellectual pastures, wherein man meditates on the purpose of life and its goal, that real and true character is developed…
“There was once a time when Christian society burned the [erroneous] thought in order to save society, and after all, something can be said in favor of this practice. To kill one bad thought may mean the salvation of ten thousand thinkers. The Roman emperors were alive to this fact; they killed the Christians not because they wanted their hearts, but because they wanted their heads, or better, their brains—brains that were thinking out the death of Paganism” (pgs ix-x, all emphasis added).
What do you make of Archbishop Sheen’s assessment of the downfall of our society?
What do you think it will take to create a pro-life society?
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