As reported by Vatican News Service, Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, addressed the reality of Nelson Mandela’s legacy:
“Fifteen years have passed since abortion on demand was legalized in South Africa. Since then, it is estimated that over one million unborn children were denied the most fundamental of rights, the right to life”, said a statement on behalf of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), signed by Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, Archbishop of Johannesburg and President of the SACBC. “We remember those one million unborn babies. We regret that those children of God were denied the right to be born into God’s world and to enrich it with their own unique gifts and talents. We will never fully realize what we have missed because the law says that ‘abortion is fine’,” said the statement sent to Fides.
Is it possible for churchmen to reconcile the reality of having denied over one million unborn children the right to life with “promoting human dignity … non-violence, reconciliation and truth … justice and the common good” without exposing the souls in their care to confusion at the very least, eternal damnation at worst?
For those who have the Catholic faith, we know that it is not. This much is entirely obvious.
Consider: If the Holy Father and the world’s bishops had simply limited their comments to offering prayers for the repose of Mandela’s soul even without confronting his complicity with evil, and the likes of Nancy Peolsi and Joe Biden had said exactly the same things Pope Francis and Archbishop Kurtz said, the “conservative” Catholic army would have lambasted them. I know it, and they know it.
And yet, where are those same Catholic voices that went out of their way to criticize me, both publicly and privately, for the way that I attempt to defend, albeit imperfectly, the Holy Catholic faith?
Karl Keating, where is your Catholic Answer?