Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Misplaced Compassion

Two women in my diocese have chained themselves to the door of the Chancery to protest a deer hunt on the grounds of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. The deer have multiplied and are a traffic hazard and a threat to human life in that area. A marksman will shoot them and the meat will be given to a food pantry.

I love deer, and see them frequently here in my back yard. Sometimes I even feed them (my pumpkins were just left out for them). I could never participate in a deer hunt, HOWEVER, they are morally acceptable.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, "God entrusted animals to the stewardship of those whom he created in His own image. Hence it is legitimate to use animals for food and clothing.One can love animals; one should not direct to to them the affection due only to persons" CCC2417-2418.
These women mean well, but their priorities are disordered. One woman is a student at Hunter College, no doubt she has heard lectures against animal testing and on the morality of a vegan diet. Are these women aware that 2,500 babies will die a painful death in this nation today? They probably passed several abortion mills on their way to the Diocesan Offices to protest the legitimate and humane depopulation of deer. Are they aware of this?
Probably not, as discussions of abortion are subjected to the severest form of censorship in this country. One has to take the initiative to be informed on life issues, even if one attends church regularly. These women probably aren't aware of the Church's teaching on this topic, and are only relying on their tender hearts.

Think of the children who will be killed and protest that.
God bless them. I'll pray for them.


Tom Bosco said...

I wonder if the deer protesters are pro-life? I hope so!

Alice said...

How right you are, Leticia.