"Deja Vu All Over Again": The Return of Paganism

February 1999By Joseph Collison

Joseph Collison is the Director of the Office of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut, and Chairman of the Board of the Caring Families Crisis Pregnancy Center.

There is nothing new under the sun. It was here already, long ago. -Ecclesiastes 1:9-10

The early Christians lived in a thoroughly pagan world. Human life was cheap. Abortion and infanticide were universal. The Roman economy was based on slavery, and Rome's most popular form of entertainment was the public exhibition of torture and murder. (Rome didn't have our technical ability to feign perpetual torture and death on movie and television screens.)

But there was one corner of the Roman empire where human life was sacred. Roman cruelty was abhorred in little Judea, and slavery (though sometimes practiced) was forbidden by Jewish law. For Jews, a child was God's greatest gift. As Flavius Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian, wrote:

The law has commanded us to raise all children and prohibited women from aborting or destroying seed; a woman who does so shall be judged a murderess of children, for she has caused a soul to be lost and the family of man to be diminished.

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This has been around a while but is timely considering the religious issue that is playing around the 08 candidates for president. The sad thing is that, of all people, you would expect Catholics to be at the leading edge of protests against abortion. There was a time when I was growing up that catholics struggled with the idea that, although abortion was a serious sin, forcing it (as a politician) on otheres was unamerican. However the church has made it clear that a Catholic cannot publicly support abortion. In a June 1, 07 AP article regarding religion and the 08 campaign, the following was stated: "But support for abortion rights doesn't necessarily hurt candidates with Catholic voters, who support legalized abortion in all or most circumstances by 53 percent to 43 percent, according to 2004 exit polling". Obviously the U.S. Bishops are not doing their job nor are the priests in our parishes. It amazes me that Catholics would even consider voting for anyone on the democrat party ticket these days. Posted by: wunsch
June 03, 2007 10:28 PM EDT
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