The Holy Innocents & the Abortionists

Cranach | 1/2/2019 | Staff
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I missed Holy Innocents Day on December 28, which commemorates King Herod’s slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16-18) in a vain attempt to kill the Christ child! This has become a day in the church year to reflect on the evil of abortion in our time.

I came across a thought-provoking article on the subject in the Catholic World Report. The author, Peter Stravinskas, makes connections between the rage of Herod and the rage of pro-abortion advocates. He makes good use of quotations from the fifth century bishop of Carthage Quodvultdeus, a disciple of Augustine.

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From Peter M. J. Stravinskas, The Holy Innocents and the Church’s pro-life witness:

Quodvultdeus. . . addresses a question to the absent Herod:

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Why are you afraid, Herod, when you hear of the birth of a king? He does not come to drive you out, but to conquer the devil. But because you do not understand this you are disturbed and in a rage, and to destroy one child whom you seek, you show your cruelty in the death of so many children.

Of course, for decades now, the Church in the United States has seen in the Holy Innocents the forerunners of the millions of babies slaughtered through legalized abortion in this country since 1973. As we have protested against this monstrosity and blight on our national character, have we not all witnessed the fear and rage of those ensnared in the culture of death? But why such rage? The vast majority of pro-lifers offer a kindly protest. The rage is born of insecurity, no doubt, because – deep-down – everyone knows the truth of what is happening in the abortion clinics and everyone...
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