A Prophetic Fortitude
Happy 100th birthday, John Joseph O’Connor!
We were blessed to have you as our shepherd from 1984-2000.
Never can we forget you!
While there are so many gifts you gave that prompt our gratitude to this day, we especially prize your prophetic fortitude in defending the sanctity of human life – from the baby in the womb to the fragile ill and elderly – and the dignity of the human person – especially the worker, minorities, immigrants, the poor, AIDS patients, and special needs kids.
You were maligned as a fanatic as you defended the civil rights of the innocent baby in the sanctuary of her mother’s womb, and predicted that before long abortion-on-demand, unfettered by any law, up to the act of birth, paid for by our tax money, insensitive to the consciences of thoughtful physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, and institutions, would become obligatory, coerced, and celebrated!
Behold the “brave new world” of this state you loved, now on par with China as the abortion capital of the planet.
This is “regressive,” hardly “progressive,” as you so often warned us. How often you quoted Mother Teresa, “If the life of the tiny infant in the womb is not protected, no human life, anywhere, can be safe.”
Now we have drones and mass shootings, an epidemic of suicides and push for euthanasia, awful treatment of immigrants and refugees, human trafficking, and a cheapening of life – a “throwaway culture” as Pope Francis dubs it – by drugs, pornography, mutilation and hedonism, to which you could reply, “I told you so.”
Thank God we had you!
We still need your teaching – it’s a matter of life and death.