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PRO-LIFE BASICS: How should pro-life Americans respond to the current crisis in the Church?

The situation is grave, and countless souls are in jeopardy because many ordained priests have turned a blind eye to what is happening around them. Given that this is the case, I want to share with you some positive words that will help navigate this storm.

Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International, tells us that the Church needs saints today. He then calls on us to “restore the purity and integrity of Holy Mother Church by becoming those saints and acting as examples to the world. Then, as in the early Church, the world may pause and pay attention to the Christians, inspired by their integrity, generosity and holiness, so different from the grasping selfishness of the culture of death.”

Saint John Paul II gave us guidance when he wrote that the family comprised of husband, wife, and children is a “little domestic church” and that this little church “needs to be constantly and intensely evangelized.”

Expanding on this, the team at the Culture of Life Studies Program gave the most important advice of all: 

Be honest with your friends and neighbors as conversations arise. People need to hear that the Church will withstand this evil as long as the faithful hold fast to her teachings and roll up their sleeves to be a part of the solution. Be prepared to respond to harsh comments about the Church with compassion for the victims, focusing on how we can work together to make sure that this never happens again.

Be frank with your children. How much you tell them is up to you, but know that, especially if they are in school, they will likely hear about this. Teach them safe boundaries with others. Even if talking with your children about safety is already a part of your parenting, this crisis should still be a wake-up call to be even more vigilant, open, and honest about threats to their purity and hearts.

Our students and our children need truth. They need us to provide them with a moral compass so that they may learn to find their way in this ever-changing world. They need to be reminded daily that they are valuable and that God loves them. They need to be taught that human life has dignity and value—regardless of age, ability, or any other criteria. They need to learn that there is value in suffering so they do not give in to despair. They need to learn how to defend their faith, their pro-life values, marriage, and family, and they need to learn how to persevere even when all seems lost. Now is an especially important time in our history to make certain that our children are armed with age-appropriate knowledge and truth.

In difficult times, we must remember to walk close to Christ and to never lose faith. Though men may falter, Christ never will. Let Him be the beacon Who leads you out of the darkness.

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Judie Brown

Judie Brown is president of American Life League and served 15 years as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.