10-26-2012 Letter to Raymond Arroyo at EWTN’s WORLD OVER on Abortion

Dear Raymond:

Your interview of George Weigel was terrific on the questions and the answers were incisive and clear. Unfortunately, that changed when a caller accused the bishops of being silent on abortion. George Weigel’s answer, that the bishops have been clear on abortion for the last forty years, was a virtual shock to me, and I’d bet to a great many other informed Catholics. It caused me many sleepless hours; my mind was reviewing all of the evidence that contradicted his statement.

I’ve been writing about abortion for almost four decades and I assure you that the bishops have not been clear on abortion, in fact they’ve added to the confusion, and in some cases, they’ve been complicit by their support of high profile politicians, usually “Catholic” Democrats, which were overtly pro-choice and were a constant source of confusion for the laity over the years.

I believe Pope John Paul’s “be not afraid” message of October 7, 1979 at the Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C., was a direct appeal to our American Bishops to be more proactive on abortion. He was hoping that they would act” heroically; he knew the world would be watching the American Catholic Church, and the American media. Pope John Paul said, “If a person’s right to life is violated at the moment in which he (or she) is first conceived in the mother’s womb, an indirect blow is struck also at the whole of the moral order, which serves to ensure the inviolable goods of man. Among those goods, life occupies the first place.”

If Mother Angelica was sitting in your chair she would have challenged the statement that bishops have been clear on abortion because she knows what I know; if our bishops, as a united body, had fought Roe v. Wade in the same way they are now fighting for our Religious Freedom, abortion would not have lasted forty years; the conscience of most Catholics would have been properly formed and they would not have voted for a radically pro-abortion president.

Raymond, related to the action of bishops, you may want to read the e-mail I sent to Michael Warsaw last June.

Prayers for our preborn American citizens,

Charles N. Marrelli
Writers for Life


—– Original Message —–

From: Charles N. Marrelli
To: National Catholic Register Michael Warsaw
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:18 PM

Subject: Pre-eminent social-justice issue

Dear Michael Warsaw:

Your editorial of June 17, 2012, states that Archbishop William Lori called religious liberty, “the pre-eminent social-justice issue of our time.” My reaction is, how can that be? The pre-eminent social-injustice of all time is abortion-on-demand, and it has been for four long decades! Millions of our preborn American citizens have suffered the worst kind of social injustice, not just the loss of religious liberty, but of life itself.

Regrettably, religious leaders did not recognize the magnitude and severity of this greatest of evils which has made us a nation of barbarians. If they had, the majority of Catholics would not have voted for a radically pro-abortion president. And just maybe abortion would not be the leading cause of death in America.

Prayers for our preborn American citizens,

Charles N. Marrelli
Writers for Life

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