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The future belongs to people who think and hope inter-generationally

by | Sep 21, 2016

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Editor’s note. The following is an excerpt from the 2016 Tocqueville Lecture delivered by Archbishop Chaput at the University of Notre Dame on September 16.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadephia

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadephia

People too worried or self-focused to welcome new life, to bear and raise children in a loving family, and to form them in virtue and moral character, are writing themselves out of the human story. They’re extinguishing their own future. This is what makes the resistance of so many millennials to having children so troubling.

The future belongs to people who believe in something beyond themselves, and who live and sacrifice accordingly. It belongs to people who think and hope inter-generationally. …

Abortion poisons everything. There can never be anything “progressive” in killing an unborn child, or standing aside tolerantly while others do it.

In every abortion, an innocent life always dies. This is why no equivalence can ever exist between the intentional killing involved in abortion, infanticide and euthanasia on the one hand, and issues like homelessness, the death penalty and anti-poverty policy on the other. Again, all of these issues are important. But trying to reason or imply them into having the same moral weight is a debasement of Christian thought.

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