In the recent article “Has the Silence Been Broken? Catholic Theological Ethics and Racial Justice” in Theological Studies Journal, Father Bryan Massingale, Ph.D., of Marquette University discusses the theological silence about racism in America.
In his article, Father Massingale uses such words and phrases as “deafening and appalling silence,” “embarrassed silence” and “shocking theological silence” regarding racism in the United States. There is no discussion of, nor recognition of, the well-documented racially targeted abortion businesses in the United States.
Minority mothers, especially black and Latino mothers, are purposefully targeted for abortion. Many blacks, and many of them organized, are now publicly trying to combat racially targeted abortion, referring to it as “black genocide.”
For several reasons, this silence regarding racially targeted abortions is more shocking than the silence about racism in general. If our social order “treats the bodies of poor women with disdain,” as stated in the article, it treats the bodies of poor women’s babies with utter contempt, the contempt shown the Holy Innocents, the contempt Jesus endured on the Way of the Cross and the contempt shown to him when he was crucified on Calvary.
The article refers to white Christians who lynched nearly 5,000 black men and women between 1889 and 1940 and describes lynching as “brutally savage, extrajudicial, sadistic torture” and “killing.” No less horrible, and in some cases more horrible, are the painful deaths of minority unborn babies targeted for abortion simply because of their race — and in any given single week in the United States, their number is well in excess of 5,000. And many of those who call themselves “Christian” — as were those in the past who were involved in lynchings — are the abortionists, their nurses, support staff and business employees.
These folks, some of whom also call themselves “Christian,” are not only white — they are themselves black, Latino and every other race.
What the Ku Klux Klan and other racists could not achieve — Margaret Sanger’s dream of ridding America of the black, brown and yellow “human undergrowth” — abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood have done and are doing on beyond-holocaust scale.
The article refers to an agenda that includes “a renewed understanding of both conscience and the challenge of conscience formation.” How could it be an act of virtue for a Catholic with a well-formed conscience [according to the Church’s understanding of a well-formed conscience, along with having all the factual knowledge that that entails for the well-informed Catholic, including the facts about racially targeted abortions and the politicians and parties who support them] to vote for such a politician?
Isn’t it a sin for a Catholic with a well-formed conscience to vote for someone so that tax dollars will be used to kill minority unborn babies? In the face of such facts, the so-called “seamless garment” argument — used in the past to justify voting for a pro-abortion candidate — ends up in tattered, blood-stained shreds.
The silence of theologians and of many others regarding racially targeted abortions is more “appalling,” “shocking” and “deafening” than the silence regarding racism in general. If theologians have been exhorted to break the silence about racism, they should be required to break the silence about racially targeted abortions or forever be silent themselves about anything to do with theology.
National Catholic Register
May 18, 2014
Guy McClung III
San Antonio, Texas