Isn’t it funny how some people define “Pro-Life” ?
To many it seems “Pro-Life” really means “Pro-Fetus” but then there are others who promote a different “Pro-Life” message.
“The foundation of who we are — civilly as well as people of faith — is evident in the first three words of the Constitution — ‘We The People’. We are in this together. I think the selling of fear and the marketing of fear is done because when people are afraid it’s easier to control them.”
Those powerful words that cut to the heart of the divide in our country today were spoken with courage and conviction by Sister Simone Campbell, SSS the “driving” force behind the recently completed Nuns On The Bus tour.
NETWORK’s Executive Director, Sister Campbell said in a recent media interview that Catholic Sisters “know the real-life struggles of real-life Americans.” It is this knowledge that impelled us to organize this bus trip. When the federal government cuts funding to programs that serve people in poverty, we see the effects in our daily work. Simply put, real people suffer. That is immoral.
“I had a meeting with Paul Ryan (the Republican nominee for Vice President and the architect of the budget plan that calls for cuts to the social safety net while still maintaining tax breaks for the wealthiest citizens), and he said the only reason he talks about individual responsibility and not about community is because the “other side’ talks about community,” Sister Simone said. “But you see, I can talk about individual responsibility. We have an individual responsibility to build up community. We are in relationship with everyone else. That’s how it works.
“Jesus is all about justice. That’s the Jesus I know.
“The struggle right now is for the soul of our nation. Are we going to continue to be fearful individuals who don’t look out for one another? Frankly, only rich people can pander to individualism because poor people know you have to work together. You have to cooperate.
Sister Campbell took her message to the Democratic National Convention and the delegates responded with cheers … here is the transcript and the highlights (omitting various stories of individuals that she met on the tour) :
Let me explain why I’m here. In June, I joined other Catholic sisters on a 2,700-mile bus journey through nine states to tell Americans about the budget Congressman Paul Ryan wrote and Governor Romney endorsed.
Paul Ryan claims his budget reflects the principles of our shared Catholic faith. But the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the Ryan budget failed a basic moral test, because it would harm families living in poverty.
We agree with our bishops, and that’s why we went on the road: to stand with struggling families and to lift up our Catholic sisters who serve them. Their work to alleviate suffering would be seriously harmed by the Romney-Ryan budget, and that is wrong.
their budget goes astray in not acknowledging that we are responsible not only for ourselves and our immediate families. Rather, our faith strongly affirms that we are all responsible for one another.
I am my sister’s keeper. I am my brother’s keeper.
We all share responsibility for creating an economy where parents with jobs earn enough to take care of their families. In order to cut taxes for the very wealthy, the Romney-Ryan budget would make it even tougher for hard-working Americans to feed their families. Paul Ryan says this budget is in keeping with the values of our shared faith. I simply disagree.
We all share responsibility to ensure that this vital health care reform law is properly implemented and that all governors expand Medicaid coverage so no [one] die[s] from lack of care. This is part of my pro-life stance and the right thing to do.Looking out at you tonight, I feel your presence combined with that of the thousands of caring people we met on our journey. Together, we understand that an immoral budget that hurts already struggling families does not reflect our nation’s values. We are better than that.
So I urge you to join us on the bus.
This is what we nuns on the bus are all about: We care for the 100 percent, and that will secure the blessings of liberty for our nation. So join us as we nuns and all of us drive for faith, family and fairness.”
A great message … Pro-Life does not end with a baby being born … Pro-Life means being sharing responsibility as our Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper.