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Cardinal Dolan’s new book delves beautifully into what we mean by the sanctity of human life

by | Jan 3, 2020

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

The theme of the sanctity of human life runs throughout Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s newest book, Who do You Say I Am?

The book consists of a series of daily reflections on the identity of Jesus and how to reflect his teachings in everyday life.

Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, notes that the answer to the question of Christ’s identity “has towering implications in our lives—how we live, what we say, what we choose, how we treat ourselves, how we treat others.”

And one of those implications is how we treat unborn children.

The cleric notes that “from the moment of conception, a unique, unrepeatable human life is present—a life that merits respect and that deserves equal protection under the law.”

The Cardinal reminds us that you do not have to be a Christian, or a person of any faith, to believe that unborn human life should be protected.

He writes, “Abortion is not a theological issue but a biological one: it is not a Catholic, evangelical or orthodox Jewish issue but a civil rights issue.”

He continues, “I am not opposed to abortion because I am a baptized Catholic but because I am a thinking human being and a citizen of a country founded on the protection of inviolable human rights.”

Cardinal Dolan then expertly delves into the issue of “choice” and what it means and does not mean.

“To choose Chablis over Burgundy is certainly a right; to choose your sixth glass of it before driving home is not,” he writes. “Likewise, we must acknowledge the truth that the choice to destroy an innocent human life is the most indefensible choice of all.”

Wise words, at a time when the killing of a defenseless unborn baby is routinely touted as just another lifestyle “choice.” In clear, lively language, Cardinal Dolan adroitly defends the rights of the most vulnerable among us—rights that should never be compromised in the interests of expediency or convenience.

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