From Fr. Hildebrand's Desk /

 Del Escritorio del Padre Hildebrand 

January 22nd is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn

Children. Let us work and pray to end all abortions!


Right on This or Right on Nothing

An honest look at what an abortion is, and at how many victims it

claims, is enough to reveal that nothing outweighs its gravity among the many "life issues." Multiple Church documents have confirmed this insight, repeating over and over that the abortion tragedy demands urgent attention and priority.


While some have tried, shamelessly, to obscure and contradict this teaching, many are quite able to understand and accept it. Yet the truth is even deeper than the statement, "Being wrong on abortion outweighs being right on other issues."


The full truth is, if you are wrong on abortion, you can’t be right on other issues.


To permit abortion, but then to cry out for the right to work, housing, education, health care, and so forth, is to say that these other rights belong to some people but not to all. They obviously do not belong to those who were snuffed out by abortion.


Therefore, these rights cannot be human rights, because you have already said that not all humans have a claim on them. This trivializes those other rights and puts them on an obscure and questionable foundation.


If you permit abortion, then, on what basis do you defend the other rights? Why do we care for the poor? Because they have a right to food, clothing, and shelter. But why do they have a right to those things? Because they have a right to live. Why are we concerned about unemployment? Because people have a right to make a living. Why do they have that right? Because they have a right to live. It all comes back to that foundational right. Abortion is not the only issue, but neither is the foundation of a house the only part of a house. Take it away, however, and see how well you can build the rest.


The reason that being wrong on abortion makes it impossible to be right on other issues is that the heart and soul of every "issue" is precisely the dignity of the human person, whose right to life is not under the dominion of any other person. A person’s dignity comes from the fact that he or she is human, not that someone else decides to grant that right at some point in time. Any human right begins when human life begins; otherwise, it isn’t a human right, but rather some kind of benefit bestowed for another reason.


Now if you can take the right to life away from some humans, as abortion does to the children in the womb, then obviously you can take away from those same humans all their other human rights, because none of those other rights made such a claim upon your respect that you had to let those people live to possess it.


This is why the Pope has said that when the right to life is not protected, cries for other human rights are "false and illusory." When one is wrong on abortion, one cannot be right on anything else.

El 22 de enero es el día de la oración por la protección legal de los niños no nacidos. ¡Trabajemos y recemos por terminar con el aborto!


Esto o nada


Una mirada honesta sobre lo que es un aborto y sobre el número de víctimas es suficiente para revelar que nada entre los muchos "problemas de la vida" supera la gravedad del aborto. Múltiples documentos de la Iglesia han confirmado esta idea, repitiendo una y otra vez que la tragedia del aborto exige atención urgente y prioridad.


Mientras que algunos han tratado de ocultar y contradecir esta enseñanza, muchos son capaces de comprenderla y aceptarla. Sin embargo, la verdad es aún más profunda que la afirmación: "Estar equivocado en el aborto es mayor que estar en lo cierto en otros temas".


La verdad es que, si se equivoca con el aborto, no puede tener razón en otros temas.


Permitir el aborto, pero luego clamar por el derecho al trabajo, la vivienda, la educación, la atención médica, etc., es decir que estos otros derechos pertenecen a algunas personas pero no a todos. Obviamente, no pertenecen a quienes fueron extinguidos por el aborto.


Por lo tanto, estos derechos no pueden ser derechos humanos, porque ya ha dicho que no todos los humanos tienen un derecho sobre ellos. Esto trivializa esos otros derechos y los pone en una base cuestionable.


Si permite el aborto, entonces, ¿sobre qué base defiende los otros derechos? ¿Por qué nos preocupamos por los pobres? Porque tienen derecho a la comida, la ropa y el refugio. Pero, ¿por qué tienen derecho a esas cosas? Porque tienen derecho a vivir. ¿Por qué nos preocupa el desempleo? Porque las personas tienen derecho a ganarse la vida. ¿Por qué tienen ese derecho? Porque tienen derecho a vivir. Todo vuelve a ese derecho fundamental. El aborto no es el único problema, pero tampoco es la base de una casa la única parte de una casa. Sin embargo, quítelo y vea qué tan bien puede construir el resto.


La razón por la cual estar equivocado en el aborto hace que sea imposible tener razón en otros temas es que el corazón de cada "problema" es precisamente la dignidad de la persona humana, cuyo derecho a la vida no le pertenece a ninguna otra persona. La dignidad de una persona proviene del hecho de que él o ella son humanos, no de que otra persona decida otorgar ese derecho en algún momento. Cualquier derecho humano comienza cuando comienza la vida humana; de lo contrario, no es un derecho humano, sino más bien algún tipo de beneficio otorgado por otra razón.


Ahora, si puedes quitarle el derecho a la vida a algunos humanos, como lo hace el aborto a los niños en el útero, entonces obviamente puedes quitarle a esos mismos humanos todos sus otros derechos humanos, porque ninguno de esos otros derechos se le hizo tan importante que decidio dejar que esas personas vivieran para poseerlo.


Es por eso que el Papa ha dicho que cuando el derecho a la vida no está protegido, los gritos por otros derechos humanos son "falsos". Cuando uno se equivoca con el aborto, no se puede tener razón en nada más.

Welcome to 150 years of Catholic Tradition!


Welcome to the website of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Historic Faith

Center of the San Pedro Region. Please let me introduce myself. My name is Fr.

Hildebrand Garceau, and I serve as pastor of this wonderful communityof faith along with my brother priests of St. Michael's Abbey.


In honor of our parish's 150th anniversary, we are launching this NEW website to make everyone aware of this jewel of a church located near the Port of Los Angeles.


Our mission as a community of faith is to bring Christ to all and to evangelize through prayer, service, teaching and celebrating the Sacraments of the Church. We also reach out to the poor and marginalized by providing basic human needs and the love of Christ.As you pass through these pages, you will learn about our community. You will see images of our parish life. You will find information about our Mass schedule, the Sacraments, confessions, religious education, parish organizations, special events, and much more.SS. Peter and Paul offers a magnificent setting for the sacred liturgy. We also traditional devotions, including perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our chapel.May this website be an inspiration to you to visit Ss. Peter and Paul yourself and join us for Mass or simply to take time for quiet prayer.


We want to hear from you; please email or call us with your questions and for more information.May the peace of Christ be with you always!




Reverend Pastor

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