At the Hispanic Pro-Life Congress in Los Angeles last week, Archbishop Jose Gomez stressed that among the many social justice issues in the world today, the right to life is the foundation of all human rights. He said:
“So in everything we need to be clear that the root violence in our society is the violence against those who are not yet born and those who are at the end of their lives.”
“If the child in the womb has no right to be born, if the sick and the old have no right to be taken care of – then there is no solid foundation to defend anyone’s human rights.”
Archbishop Gomez also gave encouragement and advice on how the pro-life movement should seek to change hearts and minds.
“We don’t to dwell on the ugliness and violence of the culture of death, we want to hold up the beauty and peace of the Kingdom of life,” he said.
“That means we need to build friendships and be in dialogue with those who disagree with us. We can’t negotiate about good and evil. That’s not what I mean about dialogue. But we do need to work with and to talk to people who may not share our full vision of a culture of life – or at least people who don’t share our vision yet.”
He encouraged optimism that truth, lived with joy, will lead to conversions and new ways of thinking.
He stressed the need to fulfill a “mission of mercy” and to build “a community of conscience.”
“We need to reach out in love to the woman who is pregnant and who is feeling lost and alone. To the refugee and the immigrant; to the prisoner, the homeless, the sick and the disabled. To the elderly and those who suffering and crying for help,” he continued.
“Wherever dignity is denied, wherever people are in slavery – that’s where we need to be as a Catholic community, and as believers in Jesus Christ.”
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