Friday, November 23, 2012

The Murder of Blessed Miguel Pro, S.J. : Explaining Purpose of Displaying Graphic Photos

From LifeSiteNews:
November 22, 2012 ( - Whenever we go out on the streets for a “Face the Truth” Tour, we can always count on someone happening by our display to tell us that by showing graphic abortion pictures in the public square, we’re doing more harm than good. This is a charge we’ve heard often enough that we address it as one of the most Common Objections we hear.
In our response to this oft-raised argument, we plainly make the observation that throughout modern history, any number of successful social reform movements — from the movement to enact child labor laws to the civil rights movement — have used disturbing images that depict victims of maltreatment and violence, and that public support for the reforms these movements sought could not have been garnered without publicly showing graphic images of the victims.
Putting a Human Face on the Victims
The intent behind displaying graphic abortion pictures is the same, of course, for it puts a human face on the victims of what is, for far too many people, merely a theoretical concept or political issue.

Fr. Miguel Pro in the final moments before his execution.
Lewis Hine believed it was necessary to show victims of cruelty of the child labor industry, and Mamie Till believed it was necessary to have an open-casket funeral for her son Emmett after he was brutally murdered by violent racists.
We display graphic pictures of aborted babies for the same reason: because they work. That is, in the eyes of the viewer, the images elicit sympathy for the victims of injustice.
In the case of reform movements that have employed the use of graphic pictures in working to effect social change, it perhaps goes without saying that one commonality these movements share is that it is members of the movements themselves that are the ones who initially seek to disseminate them.
However, a movement closely associated with one of the martyrs whose feast day the Catholic Church will celebrate this Friday provides an exception to this rule.
Graphic Pictures of Blessed Miguel Pro, S.J.
During the 1920s, Mexico was ruled by the virulently anti-Catholic President Plutarco Calles, who began what Graham Greene called “the fiercest persecution of religion anywhere since the reign of Elizabeth.” Chief among the many Catholic groups who vigorously opposed Calles were the Cristero rebels, whose story is depicted in the film For Greater GloryContinued


Opus #6 said...

It is good to speak for those who have no voice.

Silverfiddle said...

It's a thin line. That picture of Father Miguel is entirely appropriate, but I do not like the graphic abortion pictures.

I think the anti-abortion message can be made more effectively by the ultrasound pictures, showing that the fetus is a little human being, not a "tissue mass" or whatever the pro-abortion people call it.

As Orwell told us, facing facts is always a good thing, and its also difficult.

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

I have to respectively disagree with Silverfiddle in that showing the true nature of a murdered child is the only way to get the message across.

A compromise between the style of messages would be a "before and after", thus utilizing Silvers idea of ultrasound images and of the murdered babies.

Teresa said...

Absolutely Opus!

Teresa said...


Would you classify these pics as "tissue mass"? Or wha the pro-choice crowd considers to be "tissue mass"? The problem with your position about the pics is you are leaving it to the pro-choice person's imagination or in the abstract if you don't show the pictures of what abortion really is. If you only show ultrasound pics then they won't see the brutal bloody nature of abortion.

Leticia said...

It's so difficult not to break down and cry when we see the true horror of abortion. And Obama and his infidels support it. I will NEVER understand how someone could murder a baby.

Teresa said...

I agree with you Christopher.

Me either Leticia. Life is precious.