I am sure that the visiting bishop from the Philippines had nothing to do with the planning of the event or the visual presentation, but only offered his remarks on what was placed in front of him.
The main thing is that there is simply nothing comparable to the attack on the "Dignity of Every Human Person" both in terms of the unborn's helplessness and innocence and the sheer number of children slaughtered by abortion. There are 4000 per day in the United States alone.
There simply is NO "Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person" if we do not first safeguard life at its most vulnerable.
Can. 1398 A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.
|From the presentation at the Catechetical Conference|
Note: There is actually more to this. Church law regards abortion as both a mortal sin and a crime. The crime is the real reason for excommunication and there appears to be a debate as to what degree the woman who has the child aborted is also guilty of the crime. This discussed more here.
For more about abortion on Guam visit www.Esperansa.org
By the way, when I questioned why there was this "Earth First" bent at the conference which was supposed to address "the dignity of every human person" I was told "no planet no people." It's cute. And I've heard the cliche many times. But in God's view - since the earth was created for man and not the other way around, it should be: "no people, no reason for the planet." But the quip did remind me of something the late senator and pro-life champion Elizabeth Arriola was quoted as saying and I will copy it here:
"Let me tell you, at the rate Guam Memorial Hospital is aborting children, between 400-600 a year, and most of them are not even reported. Where are the lives that we are going to protect and preserve? Here we go talking about indigenous rights and self-determination. What good is all that if we don't have our followers to follow and enjoy the fruits of our labor, of this generation's labor, of your labor and my labor to fix this island and have autonomous rights to govern our people?"
- quoted in: Asian/Pacific Islander American Women: A Historical Anthology, pg. 372, edited by Shirley Hume, Gail M. Nomura
Obviously this great woman knew that there was no sense in saving anything if we were going to permit the wanton killing of unborn children.