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We believe that the lack of a Respect For Life is the principle factor undermining the moral fabric of our country and society in the early twenty-first century. The issue of Right to Life is the most basic Human Right. It is violated in several ways, including Abortion and Euthanasia. The assaults on the unborn are universally known; over 50 million babies have been aborted since 1973. A "culture of death" has overtaken our society. As Catholics, we have a moral responsibility to stand up against it; to defend Life. Our Catholic faith accepts and embraces this challenge.
Why? Simply because our religion provides the
basis for our moral beliefs. The Fifth Commandment, "Thou Shalt Not Kill"
was given to Moses by God Himself as described in the Old Testament.
In the widely
"Before I formed you in the womb ....
" (Jer1:5) God tells Jeremiah that he was set apart before he was born.
Similar verses in Psalms, PS139:13-16 PS22:10-11, for example, acknowledge
Life in the Womb; Life created by God. In the New Testament (Luke 31:-44)
Elizabeth proclaims that "the baby leaped in my womb for joy" upon
Science attempts to answer the question: “When does life begin?” It is the current state of medical technology itself that limits its ability to precisely answer that question. For example, a generation ago, fetus viability outside the womb was at about 28 weeks; today it is around 24 weeks. Some scientific studies today place the answer to the question at 14 days, the time where twins are generally formed; where unique creatures are formed. One thing is for certain; science has, over the past century, moved the answer of when life begins closer to the moment of conception. No study has ever proven it does not begin then. This this why a faith-based position must be assumed.
For Catholics, The Catechism of the Catholic Church codifies scripture and Tradition (capital “T”) into a single reference manual for moral living. For example, Church teaching against Abortion is clearly stated in paragraphs 2270-2275, with scripture authority and Church Tradition clearly referenced. Likewise, paragraphs 2276-2279 address the issue of Euthanasia and the reason why it is morally unacceptable; an intrinsic evil.
Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning similarly attack Life itself.
4CToday will focus its prayers and efforts against these intrinsic evils.
Our goal is to stir Catholic Faith beliefs and generate an outcry against these Evils; ABORTION, first and foremost.
The real problems, Apathy and Complacency. ... lack of interest, and satisfaction with the status quo, permit these evils to exist. Catholics are not motivated to right abortion for many reasons, but one reason is that they don't feel abortion is an issue that impacts their daily lives. Most don't favor abortion. They've rationalized it as a legitimate, although unfortunate, consequence of a woman's choice. Certainly not a choice they would make, but they profess to respect of the choice of the woman. Apathy and complacency ignore the right of the baby, to life. People are consumed with the more pressing and urgent issues of their daily lives. Paying bills, raising children, dealing with job and relationship stresses, etc. are real. These are the concrete tangible issues of life. The more cerebral issues like abortion, euthanasia etc. are, to them, theoretical. In some ways these are like religion, based in beliefs and opinions, but for most, not issues dealt with personally. Catholics go to church. They say that they do so because "religion is important to me". They believe in God. They believe He is important in their lives; He is a source of the strength they need to cope. They give Him thanks for the blessings they've received and ask for continued blessings. Abortion is legal. They are content.
Educating people to the "facts" of abortion is a required first step. By itself however, education rarely moves people to action. Action is stimulated from the heart; from a desire to do something; to cause change. As Catholics, we should expect that the stimulus be scripture-based Catechism, delivered to us from our clergy/pastors. And, to be sure, this is the case in many parishes in every diocese, in every state. It is probable, however, that this number represents a minority of the clergy. We continue to experience the Culture of Death in our society because people haven't been motivated to ACT to end it; motivated by old fashion "hell & brimstone" preaching.
It is our goal to have the Bishops stir peoples' religious foundations and move them to action stimulated by a change of heart. Until our Bishops lead our clergy, and the clergy lead the people, abortion will continue to be rampant. Until Apathy and Complacency are defeated, the Culture of Death will continue.
We believe the avenue to changing hearts begins at the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). But even within the USCCB there appear to be elements of Apathy and Complacency. While many people were quick to point out, with pride, that one-third of the US Bishops spoke up during the November 2008 elections against the intrinsic evils which characterize the Culture of Death, two-thirds remained silent! The result was that over 54% of voting Catholics empowered a strong pro-abortion candidate to the presidency. Imagine what the outcome could have been if the other 2/3 of the Bishops had been vocal in the election.
Catholic legislators are promoting anti-life and
anti-Catholic principles while receiving the Eucharist sacrilegiously!
While we would hope that the bishops
of these legislators have admonished them privately, we believe that public
Pro-Choice Catholics make their views on abortion known both publicly and privately. "Pro-Choice Catholic" is an oxymoron! And not openly challenged by our Church Leaders. Counterfeit Catholics are permitted to receive the Eucharist while participating in the holiest of prayers, The Mass. Some Catholic clergy further disrespect the Eucharist by permitting its reception by non-Catholics. No wonder Abortion continues as the poster child of the Culture of Death.
The passage of the 2010 Health Care Bill was due in large part to the 127 (out 136) Catholic US House members who voted for the abortion funding bill. Why would these Catholic politicians do so? A suggested answer is that they knew they could ... they knew there would be no repercussion from their local bishops; no one to tug at their consciences; no public admonishment for their public heretical behavior.
The USCCB does a splendid job of communicating, in writing, the church's positions on political matters. Most Catholics, and for that matter, many Americans, are aware of Church teaching, if even at the highest level. USCCB letters to the President and Congressional leadership place Catholic principles in public view for all to see. It is an important first step. But these single letters have been basically ignored by the politicians. The USCCB is viewed as just one group, expressing one view point.
4CToday is a grass-roots Pro Life Organization dedicated to encouraging Bishop(s) to defend the Catholic faith by speaking out against the Culture of Death, and to encourage their peers and clergy to do the same.
internet based. Unlike most Pro Life websites which primarily report
4CToday will focus on calling the laity
to action; actions intended for improving Catholic leadership. It will
partner with other like-minded
Catholic internet organizations to address the institutional Leadership
Crisis. While Catholic, we may selectively partner with non-Catholic
pro life groups on matters that will address and meet 4CToday objectives.
4CToday efforts will focus on four primary tactics to stimulate improved Leadership