August 28, 2015
My Dear People of God,
Over the course of the past several weeks, the media has reported on story after story that speak of a wanton disregard for the sanctity of life. Truly, Saint John Paul II’s description of our culture as a culture of death appears to be all the more accurate.
The body parts of aborted babies are commercialized and treated as spare parts or material to be used for experimentation.
Individuals become objects used to provide a means to express anger and rage. Innocent individuals are gunned down in the course of fulfilling their job-related duties.
Now, in the state of Tennessee, there are persons who argue that laws should be passed to enable those who find their state in life unbearable to formally end that life with the assistance of the medical community.
One question which keeps emerging in the media’s reporting of these events and movements is: Have we become totally desensitized to incidents of violent death and the impact it has on family members and friends who are left behind?
I would raise another question: Does our attitude toward life in its most dependent and vulnerable states – during infancy and the limitations presented by illness and aging – help to create an atmosphere in which the value and meaning of a person’s life is of no consequence?
The Church’s teaching on the topic of life is clear and consistent: The direct attack upon and taking of innocent life is never justified.
Perhaps this is “preaching to the choir,” but it serves us well to reconsider our attitude and understanding about the goodness and sanctity of life.
Life is a gift which is to be gratefully received, welcomed and nurtured. We are stewards of life meant to be its servants.
We may see ourselves to be of limited influence in addressing such social issues but we can make an effort to make a difference.
I encourage you to look for ways to positively witness to the value of life through prayer and penance and whatever opportunities may be presented to you in the political process.
Wishing you every blessing, I am
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend David R. Choby
Bishop of Nashville