Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy [Jeremiah] the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.On the church's Roman Rite calendar (most of us are Roman but we include all of the Christian East, including those for whom it's still the Nativity Fast, celebrating Christmas Jan. 7: the Ukraine, for example), it's the feast of the Holy Innocents, a sad note from history in the middle of Christmas; the price of Christ's birth. A natural day to commemorate the victims of abortion and offer healing and forgiveness. Killing an inconvenient baby is the same as infanticide. Despite all the conditioning/indoctrination women now get, a pregnant woman likely knows what it really is and grieves her lost children, even if she's not aware of it. As the liberal Jesuit Patrick Arnold dared suggest about 25 years ago, might abortion be a peculiarly feminist, even feminine, form of violence? Often pushed by selfish men such as Herod, but a perennial temptation for women. (No pedestals here: fallen like the rest of us, women are capable of great cruelty. By the way, they were among Hitler's biggest supporters.) The destination of the unbaptized is a matter of speculation (yes, Catholics can do that about things that aren't doctrine). The only things we're sure of regarding them are their souls live on, they will be in the resurrection of the body with the rest of us, and they are not in hell; no suffering. Either they're in limbo (a pleasant state of being but without contact with God) or heaven. (Benedict XVI doesn't believe in limbo but you can if you want to.) Meanwhile, of course, despite all the sermonizing and attempts to appeal to reason, the secular world will turn a deaf ear for the foreseeable future, because of "free" sex. Inconvenient lives don't matter. People literally kill for sex (our God-given urges to unite and reproduce knocked far off course); Planned Parenthood literally banks on it. Mercy on earth and may the babies rest in peace.
- Hope After Abortion: Project Rachel, the American Catholic bishops' outreach to women who have had abortions.