In the election, consider 'pro-life' in its fullness

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Some recent letters have been against Joe Biden and supportive of Paul Ryan as pro-life (when it comes to abortion) and upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church. Yet no one speaks about the church's pro-life stand in being anti-capital punishment, in supporting the dignity of all persons as well as the belief in forgiveness and redemption. Mr. Ryan's votes have been anti-prisoner rehabilitation, pro-capital punishment and anti-support to victims of hate crimes.

If the yardstick for faithfulness is going to be used, let's review the church's teachings set by Jesus, in Matthew 25:31-46. There, we will be separated not by donkeys and elephants but by sheep and goats: " 'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' " Let's look at that as being pro-life and practicing the faith.




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