Cardinal Gregory: Beatitudes teach us to ‘respect and love’ all human life

Archbishop Wilton Gregory at a Mass celebrated before the 2020 March for Life. Credit: Peter Zelasko/CNA

Washington D.C., Jan 29, 2021 / 11:15 am (CNA).- The Beatitudes are the answer to legalized abortion, the Archbishop of Washington said on the morning of the annual March for Life.

“They are standards that say that there is no such thing as an inopportune life or a reason, no matter how grave, no matter how serious, no matter how convincing, that renders any life useless and deserving of hatred or destruction,” Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. preached on Friday morning at a Mass for Life in Washington, D.C.

“The Word of God exhorts us that it is no longer fashionable to hate, and it never was,” he said.

The Mass and Rally for Life, held on the morning of the annual March for Life, is traditionally attended by thousands of youth. Due to restrictions on public gatherings during the pandemic, the rally was held virtually on Friday and Cardinal Gregory celebrated a live-streamed Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral.

The 48th annual March for Life is closed to the public due to pandemic precautions and security measures. On Friday afternoon, a group of pro-life leaders will march through Washington, D.C. while the event will be broadcast for a virtual audience.

After 48 years of legal abortion, Gregory said, people are making “deceptive excuses” for the “dreadful practice” of killing unborn children through abortion.

“Various people have called it merely a choice. Others claim it as a human right. Some have defended it as a personal decision,” he said. “Anything to keep from accepting God’s standard of respect and love for every human life, even that which is waiting to be born.”

“God’s standard”—the Beatitudes—remains the ultimate standard for society, he said.

“The Beatitudes are the new standards that dare to suggest that we are to view life itself, and our opinions about other people, in different ways,” he said.

And many have excused injustice or brutality against other groups of people such as immigrants and prisoners, Gregory said. Physician-assisted suicide and the death penalty are other manifestations of this problematic mentality, he said.

“Let us pray for a widely-accepted way of viewing and valuing all human life, God’s way,” Cardinal Gregory said.

If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. Thank you for your generosity!

Click here for more information on donating to CWR. Click here to sign up for our newsletter.

1 Comment

  1. We read: “’God’s standard’—the Beatitudes—remains the ultimate standard for society.” Very good words from Cardinal Gregory, and yet, Veritatis Splendor (and the Catechism) explains the difference between the Commandments and the ultimate-standard Beatitudes: “…the commandment of love of God and neighbor does not have in its dynamic any higher limit, but it does have a lower limit, beneath which the commandment is broken” (n. 52).
    Grace perfects nature…and does not annihilate such binary, ground-level demands as justice over injustice, or a full understanding of sin as a turning away, and not simply as love being less ultimate than it might be (“broken”). The Sermon on the Mount absent the tablets from Mount Sinai is much of what has derailed out culture and smiley-button Church over recent decades.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated. While vigorous debate is welcome and encouraged, please note that in the interest of maintaining a civilized and helpful level of discussion, comments containing obscene language or personal attacks—or those that are deemed by the editors to be needlessly combative or inflammatory—will not be published. Thank you.