Pastor's Corner 051913

posted May 16, 2013, 9:53 AM by Music Director

            This has certainly been a week for irony.  West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of 3 counts of murder in the first degree for the deliberate and brutal killing of 3 babies born alive in botched abortion procedures, and 1 count of involuntary manslaughter of a woman who was given an overdose of anesthesia during an abortion procedure, plus other charges.  On the same day the guilty verdicts were returned, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebeliusfiled an appeal to delay a ruling from U.S. District Judge Edward Korman that would allow the sale of the so-called “morning after” contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription. 

            I find this ironic because Secretary Sebelius, supposedly a Roman Catholic is, like President Obama, his administration, and the Democratic Party outspoken in support of abortion practices.  While their silence in the Gosnell affair is deafening, the attempt to delay the district judge’s outrageous ruling is surprising, to say the least! 

I’m certainly glad for it.  How it can be illegal for a school nurse to give a child an aspirin tablet but ok for that same child to walk into a pharmacy, demand and receive an abortion drug without a prescription or parental knowledge or consent is beyond my ability to comprehend.  The judge’s ruling is idiotic, to say the least.  I certainly hope the Court of Appeals will recognize this and overturn it. 

In the meantime, England’s Prince Harry, presently third (soon to be 4th) in line to inherit the throne, came to our state to view some of the devastation wreaked bySuperstorm Sandy in the towns of Montoloking and Seaside Heights.  Given that we fought a rebellion to cast off the English monarchy, it’s ironic that a British royal is interested and caring enough to want to come, however late, to offer his moral support to those who are trying to rebuild not just their towns but their very lives and livelihoods.  But that is the state of the very warm, close and cordial relations between our 2 countries, and that is a very good thing.  Enemies CAN become friends, and the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States is just one example to be offered as proof.  The relationship could and should serve as a model to others at war with their neighbors by demonstrating that getting along is a much better way to live. 

third irony is our celebration this weekend of the sacrament of Confirmation, deliberately chosen to coincide with our observation of the Feast of Pentecost.  What’s so ironic about that?  While we celebrate the third and last step of the candidates’ initiation into full membership with our church, there are some parishioners who will grumble about the crowded Masses or will attend elsewhere, as many apparently did a few weeks ago when we celebrated First Communion.  Instead of rejoicing for and with the candidates and their families, they will complain.  Quite ironic for a parish that prides itself on being a warm, welcoming community, don’t you think?


In His Love,

Fr. Mike