At the very end of the Church’s traditional “corporal works of mercy” is the call “to bury the dead.” In antiquity, there was no greater injustice than to deprive someone of a grave.
That’s why Joseph of Arimathea’s burial of Christ is an act of mercy — the crucified were often buried in a common grave or just left to rot off their crosses. Antigone’s providing a decent burial for her brother Polynices, in defiance of Creon, is a classic example of the demands of human decency.
For modern Americans, that command may seem strange. Soup kitchens “feed the hungry.” The St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Salvation Army “clothe the naked.” More and more cities provide shelters to “shelter the homeless.” Parishes organize groups “to visit the sick.” But we don’t seem to have many forlorn corpses in need of burial.
Then came Planned Parenthood.
One of the visceral reasons why the ongoing series of videos showing just how much Planned Parenthood profits from its blood business makes people angry is that it puts a face on the unborn.
via Pulling Back the Curtain on Planned Parenthood | Daily News | NCRegister.com.