There comes a point when the absurd becomes redundant, almost impossible to offer commentary on without sounding redundant yourself. An article of mine which ran in The Wanderer in 1994 discussed the plight of a homeowner in New Jersey who was threatened with a prison term and a $10,000 fine for killing a rat on his own property. The article, "If Babies Were Rats," stated the obvious: innocent children in the wombs of their mothers can be killed with legal impunity while varmints such as rats can be killed in some instances only after a homeowner contacted some agency dealing with "animal control and relocation." Another article of mine, written three years later, dealt with a decision rendered by then City of New York Parks Department Commissioner Henry Stern, who ordered a delicatessen owner to hug - and to speak sweetly into - a tree after he, the delicatessen owner, had chained his bicycle to a tree in front of his store. Stern had threatened to charge the man, no kidding, with aborcide. There was also the case ten years ago of an elderly woman, who was a professor at Hunter College (a branch of the City University of New York), who spent a night in jail after it was discovered she used some sort of repellant to keep pigeons off of her widow sill, causing the pests to fall helplessly twenty stories to the ground from her apartment window to their demise.
All of this is just utterly absurd. We know this. People of the true Faith know that animals do not have rational, immortal souls. While acts of premeditated cruelty and torture against animals are to be avoided, they are not to be equated with assaults committed against human beings. Those who are maliciously cruel to animals are disturbed, no doubt. However, their crimes do not rise to the same level as those committed against human beings, who bear within themselves the Divine impress and who have been redeemed by the shedding of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood. Go tell that, however, to the crazy, positivist judges who populate our courts in every single one of our fifty states, to say nothing of the entire Federal court system.
The Omaha World Herald carried this dispatch from the Associated Press on Saturday, March 23, 2002:
"White Plains, N.Y. (AP) A former prison guard was sentenced to a year in jail Friday for crushing five kittens to death in a trash compactor.
Let me get this straight: a man who orders kittens put into a trash compactor diminishes the humanity of everybody? This is somewhat reminiscent of then former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter's acceptance address at the Democratic National Convention in 1976. Known for his hyperbole, Carter said, "The tax code of the United States is a disgrace to humanity." This caused then Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held at the time by Senator James Buckley, the pro-abortion Dr. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, to note wryly, "A disgrace to humanity? You mean to say that starving people in India are disgraced by our tax code?" Although running as a Democrat, Moynihan distanced himself from his party's presidential nominee's hyperbole, just as any right thinking person should be able to recognize the absurdity of Kenneth Lange's assertion that everybody's "humanity" has been diminished by the destruction of five kittens in a trash compactor.
"Ronald Hunlock's offense was 'so offensive and so calculated and so gratuitously cruel it diminishes the humanity of everybody,' Justice Kenneth Lange said.
"Hunlock, 48, was convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals.
"He discovered the newborn kittens and their mother in an inmate's cell at Sing Sing last March and ordered the man to put them in the compactor. When the inmate refused, he did it himself. The cat escaped."
Let's face it: we live in a world where human characteristics and rights have been projected onto irrational business, thereby making offenses against those beasts offenses the entirety of mankind. Alas, an extension of this absurdity is found in most aspects of the environmental movement, which places preservation of what is alleged to be "nature" over the legitimate aspirations of human beings for economic development and the control of their own private property for their family's use.
If the humanity of everybody is diminished by a cruel death meted out to kittens, then what are we to say about the death that is meted out to over 4,000 human beings under cover of law by surgical abortions every day in this country, to say nothing of the thousands more who die each day as a result of chemical abortions (induced by abortifacient contraceptives)? What are we to say about the nearly 20,000 babies who die every day around the world by means of surgical abortions (and the hundreds of thousands who die as a result of chemical abortions each day)? If someone wants to get indignant about offenses which diminish the humanity of everybody, then it is important to review some basic facts.
Every abortion kills a living human being. My own wife Sharon is about to give birth, perhaps as soon as four days from the writing of this article on March 23, 2002. Our unborn baby is a living human being. At the moment of his conception in July of last year God infused a rational, immortal soul into him. (I am using the male pronoun to refer to our baby, who is not an "it." We do not believe in amniocentesis or the sonogram. We will discover the gender of our baby when he is born.) He has been part of our family from the moment he was conceived, and we learned of his conception about nine days after he came into existence. My wife and I became parents at the moment of our child's conception. We have known we have been parents for over eight months now. And as baptized members of the Church the God-Man, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, created upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope, we know that we have the obligation to bring him to the baptismal font as soon as he is born so that he will be incorporated into the Mystical Body of Christ and have Original Sin flooded out of his soul by the regenerating waters of the Sacrament of Baptism. His humanity is distinct and unrepeatable. Sharon and I have the obligation to do all we can to provide him with the spiritual formation to help him get home to Heaven by being ready at all times to die in a state of sanctifying grace.
What diminishes the humanity of everybody is the world is abortion. Every abortion. Each abortion, whether surgical or chemical. All assaults against innocent human life from the first moment of fertilization to the time of natural death ordained by God are assaults against the whole moral order, and they are mystical assaults against the person of Jesus Christ Himself. As I have noted on so many occasions throughout the course of my teaching and writing careers, every abortion is an attack mystically upon the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity made Man, who was enfleshed in Our Lady's virginal and immaculate womb at the moment of the Incarnation by the Holy Ghost so as to place Himself in solidarity with every child in every mother's womb, no matter the condition of the conception or of the child conceived. Our Lord could have become man in any way He chose. He chose to become man in our Lady's womb. Ave Maria, Gratia Plena, Dominus Tecum. Benedicta tua in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tuis, Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen. To attack a child in the womb is to attack mystically the God-Man, who said, "Whatsoever you do to the least of My brethren, that you do unto Me." The least of His brethren are in the womb.
It is important always to understand in the most graphic of terms what abortion does to Our Lord mystically in the persons of unborn children:
Every abortion is an assault against the Incarnation. Every abortion is an assault mystically upon the God-Man. While we pray to the Mother of Life herself every day for the conversion of everyone who has been involved with an abortion (mothers, parents, boyfriends, husbands, counselors, teachers, professors, friends, ministers, priests, doctors, nurses, social workers) so that they will seek out the Divine Mercy in the Sacrament of Penance, it is nevertheless important to understand that abortion is the principal assault (other assaults, such as euthanasia and other forms of eugenic killing, though less in number, are no less heinous) against the dignity of humanity, which was re-created by the God-Man in His Redemptive Act on the wood of the Holy Cross. No matter how cruel one is to an animal, such cruelty cannot compare to the repeated assaults committed under cover of law upon Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ mystically each day in mothers' wombs in this country and across the world.
Suction abortions tear apart the unborn Jesus mystically by the use of a vacuum machine which is twenty-nine times more powerful than the home vacuum cleaner. Not a pleasant way to die.
Saline solution abortions burn the skin of the unborn Jesus mystically and then poison his system by drying up all of his blood.
Dilatation and evacuation dissects the unborn Jesus in the later stages of pregnancy by the use of a killer's scalpel, which is used to systemically carve Him up mystically in the womb, with His body parts being removed as so much garbage.
Dilatation and extraction, also known as crushed skull abortion, partially delivers the unborn Jesus before scissors are placed into His skull mystically so that His brain matter is vacuumed out and He is killed before His mortal remains are taken entirely out of His mother's womb.
A hysterotomomy is essentially a Caeserian section, which takes the unborn Jesus out of the womb through a surgical opening in His mother's abdomen before His life is mystically snuffed out by a twist of His neck while still in the womb.
Chemical abortions kill the fertilized Jesus mystically as He attempts to implant Himself in His mother's womb or renders the lining of His mother's womb unsuitable for such implantation. It is an unspeakably horrible death.
It is vitally important for all Catholics to think as Catholics, not as sentimentalists who project human characteristics into irrational beasts. How can any Catholic claim that he or anyone has the "right" to dismember, burn, or dissect Jesus Christ mystically? How can any Catholic who says he loves His Redeemer seek to scourge Him, mock Him, vilify Him, and crucify Him anew by supporting His destruction mystically in the wombs of mothers? To repeat: Our Lord is in solidarity with every child in every mother's womb. No exceptions. No one has a right to kill a baby, whether before or another birth. As we have completed the mysteries contained in Holy Week, we must ask ourselves this question: do we want to play the role of Judas or Saint John the Evangelist in our lives? Do we want to betray our Lord and seek His crucifixion mystically? Or do we wish to stand by Him by supporting His rights mystically from the first moment of fertilization through all subsequent stages until natural death.
Imploring the help of the Mother of Life, our dear Blessed Mother, who stood so valiantly at the foot of the Holy Cross, may remembrance of the Passion and the transferred Feast of the Annunciation on April 8, help us to realize that humanity owes its dignity to the Sacrifice made by the Son to the Father in Spirit and in Truth to atone for our sins. Dare we continue to offend Him by supporting His continued crucifixion mystically today?
Everyone's humanity is diminished when we forget and denigrate the fact that Divinity Himself has made it possible for us to have an unending Easter Sunday of glory in Paradise, a joy that can be ours if we see Him in each of the least of His brethren, especially those in the womb.
Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D.
COMING TOMORROW: We return to Tom's on-going series The Germs of G.I.R.M. with part forty-two - Solving the missing Mystical mystery
For past columns in The DAILY CATHOLIC by Dr. Droleskey, see Archives at 2002coc.htm