The editorial says, "So yes, immigration reform is a pro-life issue, just as abortion is. Both are social justice issues; both are civil rights issues..."
Now, it is nice to hear The Tidings admit that aborting babies bears upon social justice and civil rights. And The Tidings also rightly acknowledges that "abortion, as George Weigel has said, repeatedly and accurately, is the single greatest civil rights issues of our time."
The trouble lies in The Tidings's formulation, "just as abortion is." Lo siento (I am sorry), but abortion mega-death stands alone in seriousness among all other issues -- and in the solemn duty it imposes upon each and all of us to start doing something to stop it.
Nothing else compares to abortion and its toll in babies' lives. After all, Pope Benedict XVI, along with Pope John Paul II before him, has told us that no issue compares in moral gravity with the abortions of millions of babies all around us. The Popes have also told us that the first duty of government is to stop abortions -- not to save the whales, hug trees, etc.
So please, let the Tidings stop trying to link other issues to abortion, and vice versa. We, the Church, need to give far greater attention to fighting abortion than to any other issue.
And if, in The Tidings's own words, abortion is "the single greatest civil rights issue of our time," then how soon can we expect Cardinal Mahony to give more, or even as much, effort to it as he has to "immigration reform?"
Where is the Cardinal's Ash Wednesday announcement to the clergy to break the law in order to save preborn babies? Where is the Cardinal's forming of large labor and pressure group coalitions to bring hundreds of thousands of people into the streets to demand justice, rights, support and protection for babies in the womb? Where is the Cardinal's flying to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., to lobby politicians to start saving preborn babies?
The truth is, no one except pro-life activists treats abortion as the #1 issue or even as an issue as important as any number of "liberal" causes. Pro-lifers have a wry joke that to "liberal" Catholics, every issue you can think of is a pro-life one -- except abortion.
So it is great to see The Tidings editorialize that abortion is "the single greatest civil rights issue"; but now let us see The Tidings, and Cardinal Mahony, back up those WORDS with comparable meaningful DEEDS.