Right wing white American MAGA “prolife” zealots perpetually shout “but abortion” and brandish the unborn as human shields for the host of inhuman cruelties they defend. The Holy Father has their number, which is one of the reasons they piously spend their time doing what looks for all the world like hating the Holy Father’s living guts:
This, like everything the Church teaches about our duty to least of these, gives the lie to the claim that we can battle against the Church’s teaching on everything else until abortion is magicked out of existence. Be more prolife not less. Stop pitting the unborn against all those forms of human life the MAGA antichrist religion wants to offer as human sacrifices to Moloch.
We often hear it said that, with respect to relativism and the flaws of our present world, the situation of migrants, for example, is a lesser issue. Some Catholics consider it a secondary issue compared to the “grave” bioethical questions. That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian, for whom the only proper attitude is to stand in the shoes of those brothers and sisters of ours who risk their lives to offer a future to their children. Can we not realize that this is exactly what Jesus demands of us, when he tells us that in welcoming the stranger we welcome him (cf. Mt 25:35)? Saint Benedict did so readily, and though it might have “complicated” the life of his monks, he ordered that all guests who knocked at the monastery door be welcomed “like Christ”, with a gesture of veneration; the poor and pilgrims were to be met with “the greatest care and solicitude”.