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The Most Rev. David L. Ricken is the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

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Clarity and compassion

By | January 17, 2013

The death penalty is still “rigorously defended by many.” Euthanasia is becoming more widespread and seen as a solution to old age and poor health, and human embryonic stem-cell research is being used to destroy human embryos to find medical solutions to maladies of others.

Brothers and sisters, the culture of death that Pope John Paul spoke about so vociferously seems to be gaining ground. Pope Benedict is defending life so clearly by making it clear that if we exclude God from our lives, we will destroy ourselves entirely. The natural right to life is safeguarded by our Constitution and ought to be protected by our laws because life is a right given by the Creator that no law should contradict.

We have been through a journey of 40 years, wandering in the desert of more and more assaults on life. This attitude of anti-life is so pervasive that the weak of mind do not make a distinction between reality and violent video games that annihilate others with very violent means. Once the culture of death takes over, what is the difference between killing the innocent ones inside the womb and those outside the womb?

Brothers and sisters, we have a lot of soul searching to do and repentance to engage in. When Pope Benedict launched the Year of Faith last October, he “spoke of the grave difficulties of our time and the need for the church to lead people out of the desert and clasp sinners to its bosom.” The pope called for “authentic conversion and witness to charity so the church might be the visible community of God’s mercy.” May the dear Lord forgive us!

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