Pray for Costa Rica
by Christopher A. Ferrara
The Catholic Church has always taught that the morally obligatory ideal for social organization is the Catholic state, wherein the government, in whatever form it takes, is submissive to the moral authority of the Church. Only when the Catholic Church serves as the soul and conscience of political society can the moral order be preserved, as it was in the states of Christendom for more than fifteen centuries. As our relatively short American experience confirms, in the absence of Catholic social order public morality steadily degrades to the point of outright barbarism.
In Costa Rica the vestiges of a Catholic state remain, even though Costa Ricas "highly restrictive" abortion law contains a strictly applied "life of the mother" exception. Catholic politicians and a Catholic judiciary are resisting mightily the efforts of the New World Order to force Costa Rica to accept abortion on demand, "gay marriage" and the horrors of modern pluralist states.
As reported by LifeSite News on May 30, 2006, "the Supreme Court of Costa Rica has ruled the whole concept of gay marriage unconstitutional." The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a Costa Rican lawyer who argued that Costa Rica "must comply with international agreements on human rights." Rejecting that argument, the Court ruled that "the concept of marriage embraced by the political constitution stems historically from a context where it is understood to be between a man and a woman."
As LifeSite news notes, "Costa Rica, a country where over three quarters of the population is Catholic, has been withstanding efforts to impose the sexual libertinism philosophies. In 2002, Costa Rican President Abel Pacheco gave a firm no to then-UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, an avowed activist for most radical feminist and leftist causes . In 2000, the Costa Rican Supreme Court ruled that the practice of in vitro fertilization is also unconstitutional, writing that according to the constitution, The human embryo is a person from the moment of conception ... not an object ... to be frozen ..."
There is only one reason Costa Rica has held the line to the extent that it has, and one reason why in most of Latin America abortion is strictly forbidden in all cases: the rulers of those states are Catholics. Wherever non-Catholics (or lapsed Catholics) exercise political authority in the Western world, public morality has almost totally collapsed. Pray, then, for Costa Rica and all the other still-Catholic states of the West (including Catholic Malta in Europe) that they will stand firm against the pluralist juggernaut until the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart is upon us.