A California Catholic diocese newspaper published a column this month arguing that Jesus would have supported the Jan. 21 Women’s March, an event with a decidedly pro-abortion stance.
However, authors Joanna Thurmann and Deacon Steve Herrera did not mention how the march also promoted abortion, the mass destruction of the most vulnerable human lives in our society today.
For Catholics, the values of the march aligned particularly well with Catholic Social Teaching regarding respect for human rights, the common good, care for creation, and solidarity with the poor and vulnerable. It was an expression of deep faith in Christ and of active discipleship.
Mary Grunthaner of Transfiguration Parish said, “Christ taught us that whatever we do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do for Him. Injustice must be resisted by those of us who have chosen to follow the Light of the World. Silence in the face of injustice is ignoring the call of Jesus.” Injustice in broad terms is anything that threatens human dignity, equality, and right to development, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, economic or immigration status.
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