Monday, February 21, 2005

When does it become a private matter?

In the past couple of days, I have stumbled on a debate that's been raging(?) on St blogs about this lady blogger who is inducing early because her unborn 5 month old has been said to be un-viable outside the womb. I'm simplifying here.

What I find troubling is that she has made her decision to go ahead and induce and it would seem to me appropriate that at this point, everyone should melt away and let her, her family and friends, deal with this issue privately. I understand that there are those who want to make their point that they think she is wrong or that they want to make plain that the Church's position does not support her actions. Point taken, but not now.

Again, with this whole pro-life v pro-choice thing, it often comes down to issues versus people. Those of us who are pro-choice have reconciled with the fact that regardless of your broad principles, when it comes down to it, you are dealing individual human beings and it is a little more complex that a boiler plate solution.

I hope this all dies down soon and this lady does not have to read around Catholic blogsphere how she went against the Church, etc. There are times that we simply have to make peace with other people's decision and then respect and pray for them.


Blogger Steve Bogner said...

There's a time to be a pro-life advocate, witness and so on. And there's always a time to be compassionate.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Ono said...

True. This was Paul's point. Someone in this predicament is obviously in a fragile state of mind, this is not the time to be condemning her.

I don't think God is up there with Michael and Gabriel, quibling over canincal legalities and theological hairsplits, while fuming at her and threatening damnation.

You can be sure all he wants to do is receive that baby and let the mother know that that little one will be there waiting for her when she finally comes home.

This is the worst day of that young lady's life. Her Catholic family does not need to make it worse.

9:00 AM  

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