The Rockford Guild:
Dispelling the Moral Darkness
The Rockford Guild has endeavored to counter the culture of death since its inception in August 2008 by teaming with the Respect Life Committee at Holy Family Church in Rockford, Illinois. We were a small group of 12 members, our membership has declined even further with many moving out of town mostly as a result of the pandemic. Nonetheless, our group continues to move ahead to promote a culture of Life.
Since our founding, we have hosted more than 80 events to educate physicians, nurses, ancillary medical personnel, medical students, and the public on issues ranging from the sanctity of marriage, abortion, stem cell research, end of life issues to Scripture, Christian apologetics and Marian apparitions. Events consist of lectures, presentations, workshops and socials. At a recent well-attended workshop, we explored the contemporary history of the medical profession, which over the last century has become part of the culture of death.
It was in 1920, during the pre-Nazi Weimar Republic in Germany, that the constitutional lawyer Karl Binding and the Psychiatrist Alfred Hoche wrote the essay, “Permitting the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life,” serving as a springboard for Nazi genocidal policies. Respect for human life was lost as people turned away from their Creator over the next 100 years.
The medical profession condoned abortion — even partial birth abortion and born-alive abortion — the use of fetal cells for vaccine research, and embryonic stem cells for futile tissue regeneration. The destruction of more than 100 million lives by atheistic communism was surpassed by abortion, which increased exponentially after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton on January 22, 1973. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 73 million unborn babies are aborted every year around the world with the U.S. annual abortion rate being close to a million babies’ lives lost. It must be noted that the U.S. is one of only seven countries in which abortion is legally permitted up to the end of pregnancy.
Alfred Kinsey, an atheist and committed communist, fathered the sexual revolution with deviant research. He gave his data to Planned Parenthood. He also helped normalize aberrant sexual behavior. Commenting on his 1948 book, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, the evangelist Billy Graham said, “It is impossible to estimate the damage this book will do to the already deteriorating morals of America.” Kinsey’s data helped shape the attitude of both the legal system and the medical profession with regard to human sexuality.
The challenges faced by Christians in the medical profession are increasing as the transgender movement promotes a deviation in the name of pseudo-science. It defies not only faith, but also science, logic, and reason. There is also a decline in the protection of conscience rights. We have verbal engineering, and a lexicon that defies credulity, leading to more social engineering. Gentility and civility in thought, word, and deed are being rapidly eroded in a culture that is bereft of values since our Creator “man from his throne has hurled.”
The culture is always searching for answers to questions about the heart-wrenching “breaking news” involving children brought into our homes every week. But it ignores the existing research that clearly shows exposure of children to violent media and screens both on-line and off-line leads to subsequent aggressive and violent behavior. The innocence of childhood that was seen in God-fearing schools and communities has been replaced in many places by disrespect and wickedness coming from the public square.
There is a sense of foreboding among the faithful, with good reason, that persecution lies ahead in this post-Christian era. It is a well-founded concern that Christians will be at the receiving end of a resurgent atheistic state and authority.
The June 24, 2022 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down the 49-year-old Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey rulings is a sure sign of hope in the midst of this moral darkness. It brings joy to all people of faith knowing that our prayers have been answered, and that years of advocacy for the unborn children has brought justice.
We pray that our Good Lord will now give us the grace and strength to bring healing through our profession to all those affected by abortion so they may live in freedom and compassionately move to open hearts and minds to the sanctity of all human life.
Errol C. Baptist, M.D., F.A.A.P. is clinical professor of pediatrics at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford.