Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan challenged society to end mass violence across the world by starting with the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
In an Oct. 20 column at Catholic New York, the Catholic Church leader said most people, no matter what their beliefs, seem to agree that “our world has lost a basic respect for life,” according to the Catholic News Agency.
Dolan mentioned the problems with crime, racism, immigration, war, poverty, suicide, mass shootings and other violence that are troubling so many. He said ending abortion would be a major step toward ending all violence and restoring a culture of respect for all life.
“I propose [violence] will not end until we stop the presumed untouchable radical abortion license that seems to have captivated a segment of our society,” he said. “As Mother Teresa wrote, ‘We must not be surprised when we hear of murder, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left for us but to kill each other?’”
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Dolan said laws that allow unborn babies to be dismembered and killed pose a threat to the fundamental right to life for all human beings. He quoted Pope Francis who has compared abortion to “hiring a hitman” to kill a child.
“Think about it: if the fragile life of an innocent baby in the womb of her/his mother— which nature protects as the safest place anywhere—can be terminated, who is secure?” he asked. “If conveniences, ‘choices,’ or ‘my rights’ can trump the life of the baby in the womb, what human life is unthreatened?”
Later, the cardinal continued, “When the law allows vulnerable life to be destroyed, forces health care workers to do it against their consciences, and demands that our tax money subsidize it, what message are we giving about the dignity of the human person and the sacredness of life?”
Catholic or not, Dolan said everyone should play a part in working to end abortion.
He urged people of all beliefs to defend the “defenseless” unborn babies and to call out the so-called “right” to abortion for what it really is: “inhumane, violent, and contrary to human rights.”
In the United States, about 63 million unborn babies have been killed in legal abortions in since 1973. Across the world, approximately 42.6 million unborn babies were killed in abortions in 2020 alone, according to Worldometer.