“In the proclamation of this Gospel, we must not fear hostility or unpopularity, and we must refuse any compromise or ambiguity which might conform us to the world’s way of thinking (cf. Rom 12:2). We must be in the world but not of the world (cf. Jn 15:19; 17:16), drawing our strength from Christ, who by his Death and Resurrection has overcome the world (cf. Jn 16:33).”
─ Evangelium Vitae, no. 82
We face a prevailing violence, “a conspiracy against human life” in our day. The culture of death “is actively fostered by powerful cultural, economic and political currents which encourage an idea of society excessively concerned with efficiency.” (EV, no. 12) A preoccupation with the pleasures of earthly life has provoked a war of the powerful against the vulnerable. And once people identify the purpose of human existence as limited to this temporal world, anyone – i.e., the unborn child, elderly, sick, handicapped, and dying – who stands in their way is a threat and is to be eliminated.
This situation is enabled and emboldened by the progressive weakening in individual consciences and in society that has lost the sense of the incomparable worth of the human person. Consequently, many are unable to discern what is good, true, and beautiful from what is evil, false, and grotesque. The lines have become distorted. Many now declare what is good to be evil and what is evil to be good. Moreover, the moral weakening of our resistance to the culture of death has made most insensitive, blind to the crimes and violence of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human trafficking, pornography, and the exploitation and commercialization of unborn children. …