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Call evil by its proper name

By Charbel El-chaar

Pope John Paul II asked the Church in his letter "The Gospel of Life (#58)" to call evil by its proper name "We need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception. In this regard the reproach of the Prophet is extremely straightforward: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness" (Is 5:20). Especially in the case of abortion there is a widespread use of ambiguous terminology, such as "interruption of pregnancy" he said

We all fail from time to time including our spiritual leaders to call evil by its proper name. We fall into the temptation to use a terminology that is politically correct with an exclusive language exclude God's law and His ten commandments. For example we call the evil of fornication sex before marriage, the evil of adultery sex outside marriage, the evil of prostitution sex trade, the evil of contraception family planning, the evil of abortion freedom of choice or interruption of pregnancy and the evil of euthanasia end of life care. I believe that the enemy of life wants us to use them in order to confuse people.  

What struck the most is that some of our spiritual leaders are using this terminologies: "sex before marriage and sex outside marriage" without mentioning fornication and adultery and prostitution. which is the roots of the culture of death from abortion to euthanasia including contraception. By using this kind of an exclusive language, we place in the mind of people that sex is not only for marriage, it can be used for recreation and work; we make sex as an item for sale as a material product. And someone may ask what is the different between sex before marriage and outside marriage or in marriage? We forget that the union between on man and one woman only in matrimony is holy.


These kinds of evil enslave people because sin enslaves us. But Jesus frees us by His Blood and Truth, you will know The Truth, and The Truth will set you free.

Saint Charbel for Life
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