Here's an excerpt from Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki's latest article:
Blessed John Paul II was a true champion for the dignity of the human person. As a society we have diminished our protection of human life. It is a fact that we are only as secure in our rights as is the most vulnerable in our society. Blessed John Paul II implored us to create a culture of life and reject the culture of death. He challenged us to understand the evils of abortion, contraception, euthanasia and neglect of the poor. He reminded us that these evils can be rationalized, treating the human person as a commodity, a means to an end and ignoring the inherent dignity in each individual. Since 1973 well over 50 million children have been aborted. Contraception has increased promiscuity, objectified women and devalued human sexuality. Euthanasia under the guise of compassion has been increasing as a means in order to end human life and remove the burden experienced by those caring for the sick and elderly. The percentages of the poor seem to be increasing while at the same time we decrease our governmental commitment to education and health care. We do not hear from our political leaders concern for human life.