As videos surfaced in the past two weeks of Planned Parenthood executives appearing to discuss the sale of fetal organs, persistent defenders of life weren't the only ones outraged. The undercover videos prompted investigations and a storm of social media outcry over the horrific practices discussed in the videos.
Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood has called foul. They claim that the videos were edited out of context and that the conversations weren't about the sale of body parts, just recovery of cost, as if that makes the practice acceptable.
In an address in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, Pope Francis said he didn't have a "recipe" for a perfect economic-social-political system, but he noted that the problems with the current system are obvious and the Gospel contains principles that can help.
As reported by Catholic News Service, activists at the meeting -- including labor union representatives and people who organize cooperatives for the poor who make a meager living recycling trash or farming small plots or fishing -- combat "many forms of exclusion and injustice," the pope said.
"The decision issued today by the Supreme Court to effectively change the legal definition of marriage in the United States does not alter the unassailable truth that marriage is, and always will be, the life-long, life-giving union of one man and one woman."
Come the end of this month, the nation likely will witness a redefinition of marriage.
Same-sex marriage already has become a part of our culture. According to Gallup, there are approximately 400,000 same-sex married couples in the United States. That number is expected to grow exponentially if the U.S. Supreme Court decides that same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide.