Kamagasaki (AsiaNews) – Life “is a treasure of holiness, which must be protected at all costs. Learning to recognize and respect the dignity of every human being, even those not yet born, is the key to improving society and the world in which we live”. These are the words with which the auxiliary bishop of Osaka, Msgr. Goro Matsuura, opened the Day for Life organized by the archdiocese Centre for Social Action Sinapis.
Wow way to go Osaka! Just because I havent been aware of any such events in the past doesn’t mean that there havent been any but I hope they keep it up.
The Director of Sinapis, Fr. Kazunori Hayashi, explains: “The Day was also organized with excursions outside the centre, a first for our community. This is very important, because the need to face the world reverberates deeply in our heart, a kind of earthquake, which we need if we want to continue on our journey”.
During his speech, Msgr. Matsuura explained the meaning of human dignity to the participants and emphasized the freedom of choice and the necessary respect for the will of others: “Respecting a child, treating it properly, means respecting its will. The people that we face have the right to have their own opinions and express them: and we are called to respect them, always. “
Instead of freedom of choice maybe they meant free will? Respect for the will of others? So if someone wants to commit suicide I should respect their will? I’m having a really hard time following his logic today. I think it was the whole earthquake heart reverberation part that threw me off.
To explain dignity within human relationships, the prelate added: “Falling from a tree and hurting oneself is a different thing from being hit with a branch by a person. Even if the wound is the same in the second case we are dealing with an attack on human dignity: this should not be tolerated if we are to improve humanity. “
But don’t we have to respect the will of the person who is using the tree branch to hit someone? And what about the will of the tree, the branch, and even gravity?! This guy needs better examples since I fail to see the connection between suicide, abortion, and whatever he`s talking about.
Yasuki Tanaka, a 26 year old Catholic from Semboku church said: “It was the first time someone explained the word dignity to me. I myself have repeatedly acknowledged having a tendency to self-humiliation, but this meeting has helped me to understand the truth of things”.
At least someone understood! Or did he? I’m tempted to hit him with a tree branch during an earthquake to find out. Just kidding!