I LOVE BEN SHAPIRO, BUT I DO NOT LIKE TO LISTEN TO HIM TALK, HE HAS A SPEECH IMPEDIMENT: LIKE A CUBAN (HE IS NOT A CUBAN) HE SPEAKS TOO FAST. HE IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND. WHEN HE WRITES ONE CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT HE SAYS AND THEN ONE CAN PERCEIVE THAT HE HAS INHERITED THE BRILLIANT GENE OF CONSERVATIVE THOUGHT THAT A FEW, ONLY A FEW BUT NOT ALL (e.g. Senator Chuck Schumer) JEWS HAVE.

When Abortion Becomes a Sacrament

{commentary by Abyssum}
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Posted: Jul 11, 2018 12:01 AM
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When Abortion Becomes a Sacrament

This week, amid widespread Democratic tumult regarding the selection of a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, alleged comedian Michelle Wolf paid tribute to the most important facet of American life: abortion. On her Netflix show on Sunday, Wolf dressed up in red, white and blue, and shrieked into the camera, “God bless abortions, and God bless America!” She explained: “Women, if you need an abortion, get one! If you want an abortion, get one! … And women, don’t forget: You have the power to give life and men will try to control that. Don’t let them!”

Along with that inane outburst, she justified abortion itself. “Look,” she stated, “access to abortion is good and important. Some people say abortion is killing a baby. It’s not. It’s stopping a baby from happening.”

Well, some people say Michelle Wolf is killing comedy. She’s not. She’s stopping comedy from happening.

But more importantly, a ground shift has taken place in how Democrats think about abortion. Back in 2005, I wrote that the Democratic “safe, legal and rare” formulation regarding abortion was logically and morally untenable: If Democrats wanted abortion to be rare thanks to its inherent immorality, there was no reason for it to be legal. Democrats have finally come around: They’re now “shouting” their abortions, proclaiming them from the rooftops, suggesting that there is a moral good achieved by abortion.

Thus, Lena Dunham said just two years ago, “I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.” Thus, Chelsea Handler, who has had two abortions, explained in the pages of Playboy, “I don’t ever look back and think, ‘God, I wish I’d had that baby.'” Her article was accompanied by a picture of a woman’s hand with a raised middle finger with a pink bow around it; attached to the bow is a small card that reads, “It’s an abortion!”

Yes, abortion is now a signifier that you refuse to be ruled by the patriarchy. Avoidance of pregnancy may be a wise life choice, according to third-wave feminists, preventing women from being sucked into the grinding maw of maternal life. But abortion is something even better: a signal that you just don’t care about the system. The system demands that if you’re pregnant with a child, you make your own concerns secondary; the system must be fought.

Gloria Steinem once remarked, “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” But modern-day feminists have determined that abortion isa sacrament specifically because women can get pregnant: Showing that control over your body even extends to the killing of your unborn child is a way of standing up against patriarchal concerns with women as the source of future generations.

For Michelle Wolf, abortion isn’t just another decision. It’s a giant middle finger to the moral establishment. And those who would fight abortion are desacralizing the mysterious holiness of a ritual that reinforces women’s control. No wonder Wolf thinks God blesses abortion; abortion is her god.

{Is abortion a sacrament?  Not in the mind of the editors of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, to them it is a theological term which means: A visible form of invisible grace.  In the traditional use of the Catholic Church a sacrament is a visible sign instituted either by God (e.g. baptism) or by the Church (e.g. Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick) which both signifies and contains sanctifying grace which enables a person to share in the divine life of God.  

If a supporter of abortion calls it a sacrament then perhaps it is possible to understand the possibly that it is a sacrament of the of Satan since it involves the mortal sin of killing innocent human life thereby preventing the unborn child from growing up as a child of God. The eternal spiritual death of humans is Satan’s principal goal and is accomplished with regard to the woman, the abortionist and all who are involved in procuring each abortion. The aborted child returns to God its creator, but the adults involved in its death go to Hell, i.e. eternal separation from God.  So a satanic sacrament produces a result that is exactly the opposite of a Christian sacrament.

What is Hell?  It is not a place.  It is a state of being.  At the final judgement the condemned soul seeing the perfection, beauty and justice of Jesus Christ burns with desire to be with Him for all eternity, but it is that insatiable desire for union with Christ that will burn for all eternity in the soul of the condemned.  Not all the best efforts preachers, homilists and painters can convey adequately the horror of that fire of desire which the condemned in Hell experience.  All analogies fail to convey the horror, so it is with some reluctance that I offer this analogy:  a man dying of thirst in a desert ‘sees’ in his hallucination the cool water flowing from a spring which is always just beyond his reach, the flaw in that analogy is that of course the man will die of his thirst, but the condemned in Hell will forever thirst for the living water that is Jesus Christ.}

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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