Un Gran Hombre con un Gran Sueño: ¡Quebrar con la Desnutrición Infantil!

Si la grandeza de una persona se midiera por el tamaño de sus sueños, el Dr. Abel Albino sería una de las personas más extraordinarias del mundo.

Pero… ¿Quién es el Dr. Abel Albino?

En sus propias palabras:

“Soy un médico de niños que detesta la pobreza”

Quienes han tenido la posibilidad de conocerlo concluyen que el Dr. Albino es… ¡un superhéroe de carne y hueso!. Una persona que en la primavera de su vida puso en jaque su futuro decidiendo dejar sus estudios en biología molecular (Universidad de Navarra), y así, volver a cruzar las aguas del Océano Atlántico para ayudar a los niños que padecían la desnutrición infantil en su país.

Él mismo pensaba:

“ Estoy haciendo una especialidad del futuro cuando yo soy de un país que no tiene solucionado su pasado. Soy médico de niños. Si hay algún chico que me necesita, es digno y honorable que me vuelva ”

Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada…

De esta manera, a paso firme y con la frente en alto, el Dr. Albino comenzó a caminar los sinuosos senderos para hacer realidad su entrañable sueño:

“ Quebrar la desnutrición infantil en la Argentina, comenzando por Mendoza, y luego hacerla extensiva al resto de América Latina ”

Fue por eso, que después de especializarse en pediatría en el Hospital Luis Calvo Mackena (Chile), y siguiendo las huellas del honorable Dr. Fernando Mönckeberg, un 4 de septiembre de 1993 decidió crear la Fundación CONIN con el deseo de asistir y cobijar a aquellos niños carenciados no solo de alimentos, sino más bien de amor.

El secreto de la Fundación CONIN…

Pasan los años y la Fundación CONIN crece más y más, nuevos centros de prevención abren sus puertas a lo largo y ancho del país. Pero… ¿cuál es el secreto del éxito? La clave radica en abordar la desnutrición infantil como un flagelo social producto de distintas causas, y no reducirlo a un mal que tiene como único origen al hambre como muchas veces se cree. Así, el Dr. Abel Albino nos enseña que:

“ De nada sirve que alimentemos a un chico si lo devolvemos al ambiente hostil del que proviene. Si tiene hambre, le das un sándwich. Dentro de seis horas tiene hambre de vuelta. ¡Eso es el hambre! Solucionarlo es facilísimo. Pero para eliminar la desnutrición se necesita una visión completa y por lo menos una generación entera ” 

 Entonces…

Cuando se comprende que las personas se nutren con una cucharadita de leche y un beso se hace fácil discernir el motivo por el cual en CONIN se hace un abordaje integral de la desnutrición infantil a través de distintas actividades dirigidas a las familias, como por ejemplo, lactancia materna, educación nutricional, estimulación temprana, educación agraria, lectoescritura para analfabetos, documentación y legalización de la familia, ¡y hasta un ropero familiar!.

¿Por qué es tan importante combatir la desnutrición infantil?

Siguiendo las enseñanzas de éste ilustre médico:

“ Un gran país se hace con miles de niños leyendo, pero para leer y escribir hay que tener cerebro ”

En sus conferencias el Dr. Albino explica que la desnutrición infantil destruye el desarrollo normal del cerebro, especialmente, cuando se padece durante el primer año de vida, ya que es durante ese lapso cuando se genera el mayor crecimiento cerebral en una persona. Por eso un bebé que no recibe la alimentación y el afecto necesarios durante el esplendor de su crecimiento cerebral sufre daños irreversibles que lo acompañarán por el resto se su vida. Por lo tanto, se necesitan cerebros intactos para que las semillas de la educación puedan dar frutos abundantes.

El mensaje de esperanza del Dr. Abel Albino

Sus palabras son muy alentadoras:

“ Si nosotros queremos un gran país tenemos que hacer cinco cosas, primero, preservar el cerebro dentro del embarazo y primer año; segundo, educar ese cerebro. Si no tengo cerebros intactos no tengo qué educar. Después necesitamos cloacas, agua corriente y caliente, luz eléctrica en cada casa argentina. Con esas cinco cosas tengo una potencia en 30 años. Pero para eso hay que dejar de pensar en las próximas elecciones y empezar a pensar en las próximas generaciones ”

En conclusión…

Al concebir que todo ser humano es un tesoro invaluable por es simple hecho de ser persona, y al considerar que el capital humano es la mayor riqueza que puede tener un país, es entonces cuando combatir la desnutrición infantil se convierte en una tarea imprescindible.

Hoy en día CONIN tiene más de 50 Centros de Prevención en distintas provincias de Argentina, y su metodología de trabajo sobrepasa las fronteras nacionales encontrándose plasmada en países como Paraguay, Perú, y como si fuera poco, ¡también en Gambia!.

Por lo que podemos decir que la odisea del Dr. Abel Albino es uno de esos pocos ejemplos en los que el sueño trasciende la persona del soñador.

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Comprehension of Contraception

There was a time in my life when I did not really understand Catholic teaching on contraception. I was not really able to understand what the big deal was about it. So what, if people want to space out births or prevent disease, what’s the problem? Thinking back, it was a sad and naïve mentality that I possessed.

After continuing to grow in my faith, I came to a more intellectual understanding of the Church’s teaching on the subject. Alright, I think I get  this now, I can understand the reasoning behind it and I’m pretty sure I can agree with it as well.

It was not until recently, however, that I truly grasped the enormity of the subject. Through a series of conversations with acquaintances who were having marital problems, I finally began to see the effects that the Church warned about. For example, one of these conversations revolved around a girl who stopped taking her birth control pill within the past six months, and now she was saying she wants to divorce her husband because she doesn’t feel any emotion for him. The worst part is, she doesn’t believe she ever did and only married him because she thought that the pill was keeping her from feeling emotional due to the added hormones.

Another situation involved a group of so-called humanitarian activists at my university. They had a campaign one day where they were handing out condoms and lollipops to passersby. Their message was that contraception was the solution to society’s problems such as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

How on earth did we get to this sad state of affairs? Marriages being rushed in to without much thought and then thrown out the window without a care. Sexuality treated like a commodity that can be used whenever people want, without regard for its true meaning and its consequences. We must face the facts, no matter how much people may think that condoms and birth control improve life in general, they do nothing to foster mutual love and respect, not to mention develop virtues of chastity and purity. It is really crucial to combat this culture and bring back the meaning of human dignity.

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Action for Adolescent Girls- A Program of Poor Incentives

The UNFPA has a new program called Action for Adolescent Girls which promises to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of adolescent women around the globe. However, the program outline of Action for Adolescent Girls does nothing to protect the dignity of young women. In fact, this program will likely do more harm than good to human dignity and female health because it incentivizes sexual intercourse among children.

First of all, the program sets forth the following major goals:
1. Preventing “child marriage” and “adolescent pregnancy”
2. Increasing access and demand for family planning and contraception
While the first goal protects the health, safety, and well-being of the adolescents it is almost entirely undermined by the second goal. How can this be the case? The answer is a matter of incentives as well as principles. The second goal still incentivizes adolescent girls to become sexually active before the age of majority because it makes sexual intercourse less “risky” for adolescents. Below the age of majority a child is not considered mature enough to consent to simple contracts. According to the UNFPA that same child is mature enough to consent to intimate relations involving their very body. While the marriage between a man and an adolescent girl would be banned sexual relations between the two parties would go unaddressed. Does this protect the innocence and dignity of a child, or are we to say a child is not an innocent and is fully capable of choice? If the latter is true then why are child marriage and adolescent pregnancy wrong? The answer is that by the UNFPA’s own logic their first goal makes no sense in relation to the second. This is the problem with justifying an ideological stance with merely consequentialist arguments: we fail to see the consequences of our own beliefs.

The questions we must ask ourselves are not only whether or not children should be married and having children (we all agree this is wrong) but whether we should incentivize children to have sex. Here is where goal number two fails to protect the dignity of the child. Child marriage for the sole purpose of childbearing deprives both the child and the institution of marriage of its dignity. To promote contraception and family planning among adolescent girls turns them from objects of reproduction to objects of sexual pleasure.

Contraception and family planning for adolescents fail to deal with the practical issue of sexually active children as well. An article on adolescent health by the Heritage Foundation cites data from a longitudinal study linking depression to sexual activity in adolescent girls. These findings are corroborated by a more recent study conducted by the NIH that also found sexual activity in adolescents to be linked to increased incidence of depression. Although the WHO admits that “Depression is the top cause of illness and disability among adolescents and suicide is the third cause of death” it is not addressed by the UNFPA. Clearly, Action for Adolescent Girls fails to deal with the sexual exploitation of girls in a holistic manner.

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Israel, Gaza, And International Humanitarian Law

On the first day of the militant fight between Israel and Gaza, the New York Times reported that Israel had warned Gaza’s civilians in the line of fire of the impending attack “in a stated effort to reduce civilian casualties and avoid charges of indiscriminate killings or even of crimes against the rules of war.” Six weeks later, Israel is being accused of those very things. Gaza is as well. Perceived crimes have increased in number and severity to the point that the United Nations has appointed a board to investigate possible crimes against humanity committed by both Israel and Palestine. As the UN said, the board will be looking specifically for “all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law…in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014.”

Modern International Humanitarian Law is formed from the four Geneva Conventions and their subsequent Protocols. Between them, Israel and Gaza are accused of violating four articles of those documents, all of them concerned with the treatment of civilians. Article 19 of the first Geneva Convention says that no physical branch of the Medical Service can ever be attacked; Article 50 of the first Protocol of 1977 says that a civilian-populated area remains civilian, and therefore protected, even if military members are present there, and that indiscriminate military attacks are not allowed because of the threat it puts on civilians; Article 51 of the same Protocol describes the prohibition against an attack on any civilian person or building, and against using civilian-populated areas as shields for military purposes; and Article 54 protects anything necessary for the survival of civilians.

Taking these rules without any other context, as many news publications have done, would mean that both Israel and Gaza have committed dozens of crimes against humanity. However, the Conventions and their Protocols include rules that free Israel at least from most of the accusations against them.

Israel has targeted known civilian areas including neighborhoods, a school being used as a refugee center, and a power plant. The aftermath of such attacks is incredibly extensive. For example, the Israeli bombing of Gaza’s power plant has taken out up to two-thirds of the city’s water and energy supply, and repairs may not be finished for a year. All of these places are automatically protected from military attack, but if there is a military target in a civilian area and a warning and time to leave the area is given, then an attack is allowed. This is the rule Israel has been implementing. In the early days of the fight, CNN, NPR, and The New York Times all ran stories describing Israel’s mass printed warnings as well as their personal telephone warnings. But as the number of Palestinian civilian casualties grows, reports of Israel’s attempts at saving those very civilians have diminished.

The attack that started the most protesting was Israel’s bombing of a UN school that was being used to house over three thousand refugees, many of them women and children, fifteen of whom died in the attack. Unfortunately, many reports did not include any other information. Instead of arbitrarily attacking a refugee center, Israel had been targeting three Jihadist militants, who had driven by the school to use it as a shield. Israel should have timed the attack to decrease the number of potential casualties, but as government spokesman Mark Regev said, the responsibility lies more on the militants who “were turning the vicinities of schools into war zones.”

The tactic of using civilian areas to protect military ones has been used by Hamas for the entire length of the fight. The Washington Post wrote that Hamas headquarters are located in a hospital and that Gaza had closed its part of the Erez crossing, denying its peoples access to necessary Israeli medical help. Four days previously to the Washington Post’s article, CNN ran a story that said that a “[v]ideo on Hamas-run television showed a Hamas spokesman urging people to serve as human shields,” that Palestinians have been acting accordingly, and that Hamas “regularly uses sites and facilities populated by civilians.”

As Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, said, “[B]oth the Israeli government and Hamas have a responsibility to protect civilians. This is not just because attacks on civilians will not bring peace or justice to either Israelis or Palestinians, but because international law demands it.” However, neither side is fully acting according to International Humanitarian Law. The UN’s investigative board will show where the laws have been broken and take action to ensure that they are not broken again. If the laws of war are not followed, war will not only be perpetuated, but the destruction and chaos will increase, and with it, unnecessary, horrific human suffering.

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Right-wing is the new left-wing

A friend of mine was talking about pornography in Japan.  ”They’re not having sex anymore,” she said.  ”They’re too obsessed with porn, and the young men don’t know how to talk to women anymore.”  She’s right.  The destructive effects of pornography are well-documented, both on the people behind the pictures and the men who consume.  Much porn is, moreover, heavily misogynistic.  It promotes women-hating attitudes and employs vulnerable women to undertake degrading work, with a proven link to the sex trafficking industry.  Porn is the definition of an epidemic that promotes a poor attitude to women.  It’s the ideal cause for left-wingers to pursue.  The victims are – overwhelmingly – women.  The perpetrators are – overwhelmingly – men.  It’s a phenomenon that has extraordinary currency, with more than half of young adult men consuming it.  This should be a left-wing cause and this is why – it occurred to me – my friend was sounding like a left-winger.

But she wasn’t.  She was a hard-core conservative Catholic.

A sign of the ideological incoherence of a movement is when it begins to take the wrong side – or at the very least maintain a silence – on issues that are obviously tied up with the values they claim to be driven by. It tells you that the movement is so bound up with a particular agenda they can’t articulate a clear vision of the world anymore.

This leads to a paradox in the 21st century: some of the most logically left-wing causes are taken up by clear-thinking right-wingers.  We see this in a huge number of areas.

What does a generous assessment of the motivations of left-wingers make you think of? Equality.  Compassion. Standing up for the weak, particularly children.  Promoting the rights of women and girls. Supporting development in poorer countries.  Fighting consumerism.

When it comes down to specific issues, though, the left stabs itself in the back, failing to realise what is blindingly obvious. What it says it is is radically at odds with what it does:

- Re-defining a natural institution that by all measures provides the best protection to children

- Promoting access to abortion, a procedure that is unequivocally bad for children

- Withholding crucial aid from developing countries on ideological grounds

- Refusing to acknowledge gender-selective abortion, or say that it is wrong

- Upholding laws that treat the disabled as being worthy of killing

- Defending access to women in commodified, pixelated form as an element of “sexual liberation”

There are exceptions of these.  Consider, for example, Iceland – tough on porn and tough on the sex industry.  But you can’t help wondering why there aren’t more.

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Nuestras Raíces, Nuestro Futuro

Sin duda alguna, lo que más quiere una persona que ha llegado al otoño de su vida es sentirse amado por sus familiares más cercanos y disfrutar de la compañía de sus hijos.

Sin embargo, la realidad es que el mundo de hoy concibe al anciano como una carga pesada, alguien que necesita de los demás y no puede valerse por si mismo. Esto hace que muchas veces sean dejados en el olvido, siendo la soledad la peor enfermedad con la que tienen que lidiar.

¡Qué doloroso debe ser para una persona vivir sus últimos días lejos de la familia que siempre amó, apartada al mismo tiempo de la casa que construyó con el sudor de su frente! Por más que alguien tenga todas las comodidades habidas y por haber, si le falta el afecto y amor familiar, su hogar se convierte en una casa fría.

Para cambiar esta realidad, es necesario comprender la importancia que tienen los ancianos en la vida de los más jóvenes. En este sentido, vale la pena recordar las palabras de Juan Pablo II:

 “Los ancianos representan la memoria histórica de las generaciones más jóvenes y son portadores de valores humanos fundamentales. Dondequiera que falta la memoria faltan las raíces y, con ellas, la capacidad de proyectarse con la esperanza en un futuro que vaya más allá de los límites del tiempo presente”

De esta manera, se torna imprescindible devolverles a los ancianos sus entrañables sonrisas, terminando de una vez por todas con la concepción negativa de la ancianidad. Una sociedad que destruye a los más débiles termina acabando también con su propio futuro. Cuando las raíces se ahogan, todo el tronco se seca y sus hojas no brotan.

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Human Capital, a Misunderstood Resource

It is common to hear arguments about the economic benefits of population control when discussing foreign aid and developing countries. The standard argument is that children are expensive, burden families, and outstrip resources; therefore the last thing a developing country needs to grow its economy is more dependents. It follows from this reasoning that the only way to improve the economic conditions of these low-income nations is to have a growth plan that slows down the rate of population increase. However, is this even a coherent line of reasoning that has borne itself out in history? Looking at the development of the United States would suggest the opposite is true.

When coming up with a growth strategy for a developing country it is wise to look assess the situation correctly. For example, the economic situation in China is different in nature than the economic situation in America because of institutions, comparative advantage, etc. Trying to use the current strategies of growth for highly developed economies like the United States for the less developed economies like Sudan are foolish. The Population Reference Bureau declares in its 2013 “World Population Data Sheet” that declining birth rates are associated with economic growth. This claim is an illusory correlation masquerading as precisely the opposite of what it may actually mean. Could it not be the case that an increase in economic development allows for a lower birth rate rather than the other way around?

To answer this question I will answer another question that was already posited, “What did the U.S. do and experience during its early development?” According to historians and primary source authors (including Benjamin Franklin) the increase in the American birth rate coincided with a vast increase in economic growth. Only as America began industrializing did the fertility rate (and not the birth rate) decline. It would seem the less industrialized a country is the more it depends on human capital, if it can support it, to grow its economy. So why are we trying to decrease human capital through family planning initiatives rather than make available necessities for human life? It is because ideology and arrogance often trump experience and logic.

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Gammy’s Story: Abortion, Surrogacy, and the Human Heart

Gammy, a 6-month-old baby living in Thailand, is blissfully unaware that he is the subject of an international controversy.  His twin sister, living with her biological parents in Australia, is also unaware that she has a little brother.

Gammy and his sister were born via surrogate after their biological parents, Wendy and David Farnell, paid $15,000 to a 21-year-old Thai woman.  [Read here for more on the injustices of the surrogacy industry.]

After four months of what seemed like a typical pregnancy, the twins’ surrogate mother, Pattaramon Chanbua, went in for prenatal testing.  The tests revealed that baby Gammy had Down’s syndrome, while his twin sister appeared healthy.  The Farnells requested that the Pattaramon have a selective abortion to eliminate their disabled child.  She refused on religious grounds, claiming that her Buddhist beliefs barred her from killing the unborn baby.  The Farnells were angry, but they could do nothing until the babies were born.  Pattaramon delivered the twins in February.

 The Farnells did not want a baby with a disability. Thus they brought home their healthy daughter, and left her twin brother in Thailand.  Abandoned by his biological parents, baby Gammy was adopted by Pattaramon, who is raising him as her own child.  Sadly, Gammy suffers from a life-threatening heart condition and needs urgent medical treatment.  His story only became public after Pattaramon started an online campaign to pay for Gammy’s hospital bills.  Overnight, his story went viral, garnering a considerable reaction from the public.  Pattaramon has received messages of support from around the world, and there are calls for a legal investigation into both the Farnells and the entirety of international surrogacy law.  Over $150,000 has been raised to provide for Gammy’s treatment and for the education and care of Pattaramon’s other two children.

Gammy’s situation is deeply distressing, but I believe the international controversy that ensued should be taken as a sign of hope. If people can be outraged at child abandonment, they can be outraged at abortion.  There is a space in the human heart to which the pro-life movement can and must appeal.

Among 60-90% of all unborn babies who receive a prenatal Down’s syndrome diagnosis are electively aborted.  Prenatal testing typically occurs between the 15th and 18th week of pregnancy.  Abortions  at this stage in a pregnancy are typically performed through a procedure called dilation and extraction, described as follows on americanpregnancy.org [WARNING: GRAPHIC]:

A numbing medication will be used on the cervix.  A shot may be given before the procedure begins to ensure fetal demise has occurred.  Then a cannula (long tube) is inserted to begin removing tissue away from the lining. Then using a curette (surgical instrument shaped like a scoop or spoon), the lining is scraped to remove any residuals.  If needed, forceps may be used to remove larger parts.  The last step is usually a final suctioning to make sure the contents are completely removed.  The procedure normally takes between 15-30 minutes.  The fetal remains are usually examined to ensure everything was removed and that the abortion was complete.

Imagine if someone called for baby Gammy’s public execution in the same manner – a shot in the arm to ensure his “demise,” and slashes with a knife until he is left in pieces, all in approximately 30 minutes.  This is exactly what would have happened to baby Gammy, eleven months ago while he was in the womb.  This is would have been his fate, had Pattaramon not chosen to give him life.

Gammy’s story demonstrates what can happen if people unite for life. It shows us that, if people can be outraged at child abandonment, they can be outraged at abortion. May we finally come to the realization that while child abandonment is abhorrent, abortion is an abomination.

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Dollars and Dignity: A Critique of Archbishop Tutu’s Support of Assisted Suicide

A couple of weeks ago, in urging prayer for the UK as the House of Lords took up Lord Falconer’s assisted dying bill, I quoted Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, in his support for the assisted dying bill. Today, at the risk of creating a burdensome critique of Archbishop Tutu’s arguments, premise by premise, I would like to take a brief analytical look at Archbishop Tutu’s article in support of assisted dying which appears on The Guardian’s website.

The first paragraph of Tutu’s piece is not terribly controversial. He mentions how death is the “wonder of someone going to meet their maker,” and “the transition to a new life.” Indeed these things are true of all those who die in a state of grace. However, for those not in a state of grace, death goes from wonder to horror rather quickly. Still, we give the Archbishop here, the benefit of the semantically ambiguous doubt.

Tutu then launches into a sort of living will, describing how he would like his death to be marked; simply, modestly, and inexpensively. This costliness of prolonging life, either mechanically or through palliative care rapidly becomes a theme of Tutu’s piece. “My concern is not just about affordability; it’s my strong preference that money should be spent on the living,” he writes. And again: “Money should be spent on those that are at the beginning or in full flow of their life.” The way in which Archbishop Tutu tries to equate the cost of life and the quality of life is frankly disturbing; deeply disturbing.

He then share’s a couple of specific stories. The first story is about Nelson Mandela, of whom he says, “My friend was no longer himself. It was an affront to Madiba’s dignity,” when discussing the end of Mandela’s life. The second story is of a young man named Craig, who killed himself with sleeping pills and plastic bags because he considered another surgical procedure “unbearable.” “Craig wanted to end his life legally assisted…our legal system denied him and his family this dignity,” Tutu writes. “Craig’s thinking was crystal clear; he wanted autonomy and dignity.”

In all honestly, I find that preceding quote one of the most horrifying things I have ever read, and am stunned that it was issued from the pen of a Christian archbishop. Who is Archbishop Tutu to say that dignity is linked to autonomy? Does not the dignity of the person flow from the fact that he is created in the image of the living God? What has the dignity of the dying and sanctity of life to do with money? If such core doctrines are to be made as subjective as affordability, I shudder to think what the next step would be. Furthermore, while specific stories are marvelously effective at tugging at the emotions, they are not

Section 2277 of the Catechism has this to say about Euthanasia:

“Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable. Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his creator.”

God is the creator and sustainer of every life. Who are we to argue about whether a certain life, even our own, is affordable and autonomous enough to reach our definition of a quality life? Cannot the fact that the human being bears the image of the divine be enough to drive us to protect the sanctity of life? Unfortunately, as Archbishop Tutu shows, evidently not.

 

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The Roman Catholic Choice

Choice can be an argument. It’s fair enough to say that it’s reasonable to have a choice about many important things in society. What school you send your kids to, for example, or what religion you profess. But the “choice” conveyed in classic liberalism is a mile from the “choice” contained in what passes as modern liberalism.

This choice is, quite literally, an ideal. Choice isn’t a way of ordering society, of expressing any of the positive ends to which it should be ordered. Choice as a good thing becomes – to secular liberalists – the only good thing you have. And the only good thing you have is only a little short of becoming deified.  ”Choice” usurps the role of God.  The result is profoundly opposed to an anthropology of man as a creation of God.  It becomes a good to choose to:

- Kill your unborn child

- Surgically alter your body in the name of beauty and/or gender preferences

- Marry whomever you want, irrespective of what marriage is

- Indulge your sexual fantasies upon yourself with the aid of your computer screen

- Die

Is this the most we can offer young people to believe in?

Young people, at bottom, want a life that’s more than about choices. They want something to believe in. They want truth. A truth that tells them what to do, that doesn’t mince words about human destiny or the nature of man.

Catholics, especially, have to make a choice between the faith of their forebears and the outside world. Between an ethic of preferences and an ethic of freedom that gives real meaning to the word “choice”.  This applies in politics, as well.  Part of the apathy that characterises the attitude of young people to modern politics can be attributed to the vacuity of it all.  Politicians don’t want to say great things, or inspiring things – let alone do great things.  Their politics is, more often than not, the politics of “choice”.

Yes we can. (Choose.)

Choice is becoming deified.  It is also sneaking into liberal Christianity.  The modern world says:

I mean for goodness’ sake! The human condition and social conditions change.  And what is the fundamental principle of modern life? It is one of universal choice!

Liberal Christianity, to quote Anglican politician Kevin Rudd, says:

Profound Biblical exegesis from former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as he endorses same-sex marriage on television.

Thank God we have some gut-full Christian leaders left to go beyond the vacuity of “choice”, or “love” as a code-word for choice.

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” – Pope John Paul II

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