Sunday, May 1, 2011

If You're Pro-Life, You Must Pray For Osama bin Laden

The breaking news this evening is that Osama bin Laden has been confirmed killed by the U.S. military. While emotions are running high, I will propose this:
It is the moral obligation of all who are truly pro-life to pray that God has mercy on his soul.
Secondly, I propose that to desire the damnation of bin Laden is just as evil, if not worse than the murder of innocents.

Our God desires the salvation of all. We know this from Scripture and Tradition. God desires to save bin Laden as much as any other person. By a miracle, he may have repented of his sins before his death, and our prayers may contribute to that. God is outside of time, and therefore when He receives our prayers, neither are our prayers subject to temporal constraints. To pray now may have saved Osama last week (or whenever it was that he was killed).
With his death, he stood before God in judgement. In that moment that Christ looked upon him, he would have seen in brutal clarity the magnitude of his sins. He is judged by Christ, and at the same time he also judges himself now that his intellect has been purified by the Holy Ghost. Whereas in his life he may have had a distorted and perverted sense of right and wrong, good and evil, now he sees himself as he truly is. Whether he repented or not we cannot know, but in the end no matter what became of his soul, it was by his choice. One way or another he was given his chance to accept Christ's sacrifice. Maybe now he makes reparation for his sin... or maybe he has been cast into the fire. However, he had his chance, as we all do. We know that to be true.

Some, through a distortion of justice, wish Osama to be in hell. This is in fact as pro-death as it is possible to be. This attitude is a perversion of justice, not a fulfillment of it. When the body is destroyed, as in murder, the soul of the victim remains unharmed. This is why the death of our martyrs is a cause for  reverence. Death is conquered through the Blood of Christ. The horror of murder is not only in the death of the innocent, but most poignantly in the damage to the soul of the murderer. By committing murder, the murderer rejects in the most radical way possible the gift of life in the innocent, as well as the gift of life in himself. He rejects in himself the possibility of salvation. He turns his back on Christ on the Cross. This is the real tragedy when a murder is committed. Certainly, the soul of the dead innocent prays to God for the soul of the murderer.
If one hopes for, even prays for the damnation of Osama bin Laden, are they not also rejecting the possibility of salvation? The murderer delights in the death of the body, but those who pray to damn the murderer delight in the eternal death and torment of his soul.

From the Sermon on the Mount:
[21] You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. [22] But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou Fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. [23] If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath any thing against thee; [24] Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother: and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift. [25] Be at agreement with thy adversary betimes, whilst thou art in the way with him: lest perhaps the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

[21] "Shall be in danger of the judgment"... That is, shall deserve to be punished by that lesser tribunal among the Jews, called the Judgment, which took cognizance of such crimes.

[22] "Raca"... A word expressing great indignation or contempt. Shall be in danger of the council ... That is, shall deserve to be punished by the highest court of judicature, called the Council, or Sanhedrim, consisting of seventy-two persons, where the highest causes were tried and judged, which was at Jerusalem.

[22] "Thou fool"... This was then looked upon as a heinous injury, when uttered with contempt, spite, or malice: and therefore is here so severely condemned. Shall be in danger of hell fire-- literally, according to the Greek, shall deserve to be cast into the Gehenna of fire. Which words our Saviour made use of to express the fire and punishments of hell.

(Mt. 5: 21-25)

We cannot wish for the torment and eternal death of the soul of a murderer. To do so is even more radically pro-death than the abortionists, the warlords, and the assassins. We must pray for his life too. If we are as pro-life as we say, then his life is precious to us as well.

Tonight we must pray that God has mercy on the soul of Osama bin Laden. No matter how violently your mind revolts against this, it must be done. Pray that God gives you a sense of His mercy. Pray that you imitate the prayers of the Church Triumphant. Pray for his soul. It's for his sake and for yours.
"When thy enemy shall fall, be not glad, and in his ruin let not thy heart rejoice."


  1. Thank you, well written...

  2. I propose that God's will be done, and trust that God's will has been done. One day after Pope John Paul II was beatified Bin Laden has been brought to meet his judgement. This tells me that God's will HAS been done.

  3. I have prayed that Osama bin Laden would accept Jesus since shortly after 9/11/01. Accepting the salvation that Jesus offered is a choice. Osama is dead know and all time for his choice has passed. His eternity is now sealed.