(A baby born with microcephaly. Credit: Creative Commons)
For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made
-Book of Wisdom 11: 24
The only voice that would strategize to prevent the conception of this precious baby, and other babies born with microcephaly due to the Zika virus, is the voice of the Evil One. These precious babies, just like all babies, bring a renewal of God’s promise of love and hope to humankind. Only the spirit of Satan would cause anyone to doubt that fact of their reality.
Pray for the Catholic church under Pope Francis. Pray that her members will recognize the spirit of the Evil One when it is staring us in the face.
UPDATE 4/4/16: After Pope Francis made his outrageous remarks in February which intimated that the Zika virus, and its potential to cause microcephaly in infants, could justify the use of contraceptives, I scoured the Catholic press to find any criticism of the pope. With the exception of one writer who highlighted the journalistic work of a grown woman born with microcephaly, I found no such criticism. The lack of criticism begs the question: What is more chilling, the fact that we have a pope who will give his imprimatur to the evil impulse – yes, it is evil – to rid the world of “undesirables” by denying their very right to exist, or the fact that millions of Catholics share in that evil impulse to begin with. It is the latter, of course.
Thankfully, Crux has now published an article taking to task Pope Francis, in part, for his despicable comments on contraception and the Zika virus. The article can be found here:
Lastly, to inject some Christian light and hope into this dark chapter in the Catholic church, I recommend a work from the world of fiction. The BBC drama “Call the Midwife” aired in the U.S. on PBS stations is an artistic achievement, rich in Christian virtues. Originally based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, an East London midwife in the 1950’s, the series is now in Season 5, with the plot lines coming from the writers and producers, yet all rooted in the spirit of the original memoir. The premiere episode of Season 5 dealt with the subject of a severely deformed baby. It is a must-see program. Though it is a work of fiction, the Christian message at the heart of it could not be a more timely counterweight to the evil and degrading ramblings of Pope Francis vis-a-vis infants born with deformities. At one point in the episode, a doctor, who had been resigned to let the baby girl pass away, hears her crying and says, “Yes, she wants to live!”
The writers and producers of “Call the Midwife,”beautifully aided by the outstanding cast, clearly get that babies born with deformities are equal children of God, with an equal right to life as any of the rest of us.
Let us hope and pray that the Catholic church will one day be led by a pope who likewise sees, from the heart, that babies born with deformities have a right to exist too.
And with greater earnestness, let us pray that the millions of Catholics who found mental sanctuary in the pope’s de facto imprimatur to avoid, at all costs, the conception of “undesirables” will have an authentic encounter with Christ, and change their hearts of stone to natural ones.