By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
For a guy that’s been strongly pro life throughout his public clerical career, Save Jerseyans, it struck plenty of observers as a bit odd that Pope Francis barely touch on abortion in his historic address to Congress on Thursday, almost in passing, noting how “[t]he Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development” before quickly focusing on the death penalty.
Disappointed? You bet. Wouldn’t a brief prayer outside the Planned Parenthood near Capitol Hill have sent a powerful message? Particularly at a time when the global abortion giant is vulnerable and public opinion is hanging on the Supreme Pontiff’s every word?
It was a lost opportunity in my humble opinion. The shepherd left sheep on the field. A lot of them. Needlessly.
Who would’ve taken a different approach in light of recent events? While there’s no way to know for sure, judging by how direct he was during his reign, folks, Saint John Paul the Great remains the golden standard for bearing courageous witness in the face of evil… even in a politically delicate set of situation. It’s the kind of courage you could only expect from a guy who faced down Nazis AND communists: