Saturday, January 17, 2009

Congratulations Sharon as the New Archdiocesan Respect Life Coordinator!

I was so happy to hear that Sharon Wilson, a long time friend of mine at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, is now at work for the Archdiocese in defending the right to life! Sharon is a go-getter, team player, hard worker! She’ll get the job done!

Sharon was recently interviewed by the Catholic Spirit – the Archdiocese’s newspaper. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“What struck me is that the general media will talk about abortion as being a medical procedure. If it really was a medical procedure, you wouldn’t have women and men suffering from the aftermath, emotionally — 20, 30 years after. You don’t have retreats for people who have knee surgery.”

“I love the whole idea that the Respect Life Office is fully integrated with Marriage, Family and Life. It goes back to the whole broader spectrum of how we view life. We teach it in our families. We learn it in our marriages. That’s where it comes from.”

As to what Sharon would like to do in her position: “I’d like to see a three-pronged approach. [1] I think we need to change people’s heads, by giving them the right information. [2] Change their hearts, by conversion and prayer, and helping those in need. [3] And to be aware of and change the laws. We have to be aware of what is happening in our Legislature [and] politically, how we vote our conscience…”

The last quote is of central importance. Many people are ignorant about the life issues and especially about the science behind abortion. Second, no matter what information you give someone it’s conversion we’re really after. Lastly, people need to fight it out in the courts and know what is going on. It is especially imperative to fight FOCA (the Freedom of Choice Act) which will undo all the work the Pro-Life cause has fought for over the past forty years!

Click here to read the full article!

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