RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Reamer shared his views last week with the readers of the Raleigh News Observer. His letter to the editor is below.
This week there is an unhappy coincidence of two events, drawn together by the seamless garment of the consistent ethic of life: Monday’s anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and today’s scheduled execution of Marcus Robinson.
Both the killing of the innocent unborn and the killing of the convicted guilty are legal in North Carolina and the United States, yet go against God’s law — the sacredness and dignity of all human life.
In both cases, however, even after Roe v. Wade is overturned, even after a moratorium is enacted and the death penalty abolished, a woman’s poverty and fear, and society’s violent streets, will still exist. We need to get underneath and work to eliminate the causes of abortion and the death penalty. We need to support life.
It’s time to change laws, yes, and also bring about a culture of life from conception to natural death for all God’s people.
Mark G. Reamer
Pastor, The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi