Doug writes: As a fellow member of the Family Institute of Connecticut, I know that Waterbury Mayor Michael Jarjura is listed as being on the Legislative Advisory Council of our organization. One would likely deduct from the fact that as a legislative advisor to FIC, Mayor Jarjura supports the pro-life/pro-family cause. Yet historically on these crucial issues, the Mayor’s consistent silence has been deafening.
Some years back, the Board of Aldermen voted against declaring Waterbury an “Abortion Free Zone.” I don’t recall hearing any statements from the Mayor during that publicized debate.
The state recently mandated that St. Mary’s Hospital administer the “Plan B” abortifacient pill to female rape victims, even though Plan B is available at Waterbury Hospital. Again, I never heard a peep from His Honor.
Now the city and the region are both faced with the likely prospect that Waterbury and St. Mary’s Hospitals may merge. Given the outcome of the recent past events I cited, it is sadly unrealistic to foresee abortions being prohibited after this merger. And still again, we hear nothing from the Mayor in the defense of his most innocent, vulnerable, and endangered constituents.
Pardon my presumptuousness once again, Mr. Mayor, but if you are a Catholic, I call your attention to item # 1868 under the heading of “The Proliferation Of Sin” in the Catholic Catechism, which says in part, “We have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so, or by protecting evil-doers.” The Catholic faith also rightly teaches that abortion is an intrinsic evil.
If you are not Catholic, Mr. Mayor, then I instead refer you to the sage observation of Edmund Burke, who keenly noted, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
I am not impugning the reputation of Mr. Jarjura. In fact, I do believe that he is a good man. But I also know that he is again doing nothing.
Matthew 6:24 tells us that a man cannot serve two masters. That goes for politicians, too, Mr. Mayor. Those on the opposite side of this issue ironically have distaste for the word “abortion,” and instead prefer to use the more ambiguous euphemism of “choice.” OK, then please choose, Mayor Jarjura. Which master will you serve?