June 9, 2013

In his article "Commitment to defend life is far-reaching" (WCR, May 26), Bob McKeon, who heads the Social Justice Office for the Edmonton Archdiocese, writes that during his participation at the 2014 Alberta March for Life it was noteworthy that some of the talks took place at Churchill Square because of the Homeless Memorial Monument, a block away, where each year in May people gather to remember and pray for the approximately 40 people experiencing homelessness who died over the previous 12 months.

How can our Social Justice Office spend such a large percentage of its time, talent and treasure on 40 people who died last year experiencing homelessness when 4,000 children were legally killed last year in Edmonton because the only option for the mother that has been abandoned by their family, friends and their child's father, was to have their child legally killed at the abortion clinic?

In simple numerical terms, our Social Justice Office should have spent 100 times more of its time, talent and energy last year providing support to mothers in crisis pregnancies than caring for the homeless.

It may well be easier for us to see the homeless and be inspired to act with charity toward them. Indeed, as people imbued by the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus each week at Mass by receiving the Blessed Sacrament, we should.

My question is why the presence of our Lord in our very being does not inspire us to much greater acts of charity for these 4,000 plus mothers each year who have been abandoned by their family, friends and their child's father to have their child legally killed?

Grant Mann
Alberta/NWT Knights of Columbus
State Membership Director
Edmonton