In Pope John Paul II’s encyclical, the Gospel of Life, (Latin “Evangelium Vitae”) he states:
“Today this proclamation is especially pressing because of the extraordinary increase and gravity of threats to the life of individuals and peoples, especially where life is weak and defenceless. In addition to the ancient scourges of poverty, hunger, endemic diseases, violence and war, new threats are emerging on an alarmingly vast scale…
“Unfortunately, this disturbing state of affairs, far from decreasing, is expanding: with the new prospects opened up by scientific and technological progress there arise new forms of attacks on the dignity of the human being…
“All this is causing a profound change in the way in which life and relationships between people are considered. The fact that legislation in many countries, perhaps even departing from basic principles of their Constitutions, has determined not to punish these practices against life, and even to make them altogether legal, is both a disturbing symptom and a significant cause of grave moral decline.” (Evangelium Vitae, henceforth EV)
Anyone who cannot see that there is a profound relationship between a culture that is ‘pro-choice’ and one where mass shootings become more and more common is clearly blind to an important reality: human beings live an integral life, where all aspects affect the others. A culture of death in one area will lead to a culture of death in others. No one is saying that one who votes pro-choice is thereby a prime candidate to become a murderer of those who are born, and this article should not be misunderstood as such. Nevertheless, a culture forms its individuals. The very term ‘morals’ is related to customs. As the Online Etymology Dictionary states, morals come ‘from L. moralis “proper behavior of a person in society,” lit. “pertaining to manners,” coined by Cicero (“De Fato,” II.i) to translate Gk. ethikos (see ethics) from L. mos (gen. moris) “one’s disposition,” in plural, “mores, customs, manners, morals.”
A view against life in the general culture can only aid a view against life in those who would have more extreme tendencies.
The president says that last Friday was his hardest day yet in office. ‘But Friday’s shooting, which left 20 children and eight adults dead, appears to have spurred some soul-searching by Obama, who told Connecticut’s governor that Friday was the most difficult day of his presidency.’