Recently a reader asked if I had ever heard anyone talk about life issues such as abortion in church and the answer sadly is no. Of course there may be some priests who mention such things in church however I have not personally heard them here. I have never heard a homily here that even touches anything controversial even though several weeks ago the readings were about leprosy so a perfect chance to talk about even that was avoided. I think there are at least four reasons why sensitive issues like abortion are not mentioned. 1 it has been around for so long here (1950) that it seems to not be challenged or contested and just accepted. 2. No one wants to talk about it for fear of upsetting anyone who may have had an abortion or fear of just upsetting everyone. I think even talking about hell is avoided for the same reason its simply not a pleasant subject. 3. People seem to be more focused on promoting and talking about peace and charity related things especially aid to poorer countries. There is nothing wrong with being charitable etc I just think other issues are more important. 4. the Archbishop of Denver said recently about the past forty years in the U.S which I think applies to some extent to Japan as well.
Chaput expanded, “It seems like there has been a very bad period of catechesis of people in the Church, not only catechesis of the laity but also catechesis of the clergy and it’s bearing bad fruit in our time.”
“We need to reinvigorate the Church’s understanding of the horror of abortion,” Chaput continued. “It seems that we have become deadened to the horror of abortion.” source