The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Monday, August 20, 2007

On Abortion and Politics

From Fr. Maximos from Holy Resurrection Monastery:

Now once you properly define the goal of the pro-life movement, you suddenly discover a whole new range of possibilities open up beyond the narrow straightjacket of two-party politics. It may be, in fact, that the fixation with the law as the tool of choice in the battle for life has actually done us great harm. By buying into the party political system the pro-life movement has contributed to reducing something that goes to the heart of what it is to be human to being a mere political wedge issue. Yes, one party has an anti-abortion statement in its manifesto. It professes to seek out judges who will rule in favor of the unborn. But in the end, any victories won in this way are as shaky as the political plurality on which they are based. One election could sweep them all away.

The goal of a complete end to abortion will be won primarily by changing hearts, not laws. And this is also why I have dared to broach this subject on a blog dedicated to the Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical dialogue. The parallels are really rather striking. In both areas, the pro-life/pro-abortion dialectic as well as the Catholic-Orthodox quarrel, arguing and politicking seem to have led us as far as we can go. What is needed in both disputes is a renewed emphasis on ultimate goals and a recognition that these are achievable on by a change of heart, repentance. "Spiritual ecumenism" turns out to be the answer to more than one problem! (Read all of it here)


At 11:47 AM, Blogger Arturo Vasquez said...

Before you all rake me over the coals for this one, please know that I only post this since Fr. Maximos is a good friend and I consider him one of the most talented theological minds I have met. So if you want to cause a ruckus about this, please do it on the monks' blog. I will not take sides on this one.

At 9:57 AM, Blogger palaeologos said...

Surprise, surprise--I agree completely with Fr Maximos.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Young fogey emeritus said...

Have you seen my blog yet today?

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being pro-life means - must mean, more than being against abortion. I posted some links over on the AD blog which I post here as well:

Consistent Life Network

Democrats for Life of America

Left Out: Prolife Liberals

Frederica Mathewes-Green


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