The Catholics in Ireland even though they were native to that country suffered greatly under the Penal Laws. They were not allowed to teach their children the Catholic Faith, it was unlawful to have Catholic run schools, nor were they allowed to send their children overseas so they could be taught the faith. Catholics were also not allowed to marry Prostestants in that they were not allowed to inherit land. Catholics could not own property, arms, or even a horse(if it were more than five pounds). They were also not allowed to openly worship as Catholics due to suppression of their Catholic beliefs. Neither could they hold public office, vote or practice law.
These were once the law of the land in Ireland but did it make it right?
At one time in America white Americans were allowed to own slaves, at that time it was the law of the land. To own another person was considered right and proper and the Negroe's were considered by many to be subhuman. Because it was the law at one time to own slaves did it make it right?
Do many Americans consider this once strong law right or heinous?
In Nazi Germany it was the law of the land to condemn people based on their religion, they were Jewish. The Nuremberg Laws stated that German Jews were not to be considered German citizens and their citizenship was revoked making them 'subjects to the state'. Jews were also not allowed to marry or engage in sexual activity with an 'Aryan.' Eventually the Nazi's simply deprived the Jews of their human rights as human beings.
Were the Nazi's right and correct in their persecution of the Jewish people, after all they had made it a law?
Now we have Roe V Wade, it is now Law but is it right to kill the unborn because a couple consider it to be an inconvenience and the Government has stipulated it as a non-person?
Just because man has made a 'law' doesn't mean it is right especially if it is against the Moral Law of God being the Ten Commandments. What right does anyone have in pertaining to when a person becomes a person? God has already made that decision; "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you." Jeremiah 1:5
And the Catholic Churches Teaching is irrevocable on the issue of Abortion: "Since the first century the church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to moral law.You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.God, the Lord of life , has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes. 2271 Catechism of the Catholic Church."
Now as enlightened citizens we look back at past laws in horror. The persecution of Catholics in Ireland, the abhorrence of the slave trade, the evils of the Nazi holocaust perpetrated on the Jewish people.
What will future citizens centuries from now think of a people that murdered the unborn? That left babies who by chance suvived abortion only to be left in cold rooms to die alone, unloved and unwanted.
Are we enlightened human beings or the new barbarians?
What do YOU think?
Written by Marie