We can be judged in many ways. One measure of a civilization’s morality is how it treats those without power. Pope John Paul II once said, “a society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members; and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying.” As I write these words, seven women and five men are deliberating the fate of a man accused of killing our country’s most weak and most vulnerable. The alleged crimes are horrific and difficult to imagine, but they must be shown to the world. We cannot turn away because a topic is unpleasant or vile. Why? Because one way to rid our society of evil is to confront it boldly.
The man standing in judgment is Dr. Kermit Gosnell. His trial, in Philadelphia, went to the jury this week. The charges being considered number in the hundreds, but it is the four first-degree murder charges and a single third-degree murder charge that have left me bewildered and saddened.