Last updated on December 12th, 2023 at 07:52 am
In a recent video, Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR) Father Mark-Mary urged young Catholics to reflect on their support for celebrities like Taylor Swift, considering the ethical implications of backing figures who endorse abortion. Published on December 4 by Ascension Presents, the video addressed concerns about contributing money to individuals and platforms, such as Joe Rogan and Tesla, that align with pro-abortion sentiments. Father Mark-Mary initiated the discussion by posing a question: Should Catholics, out of genuine love and concern, reconsider supporting celebrities like Taylor Swift?
The priest emphasized the need for discernment, cautioning against supporting platforms that endorse abortion. He pointed to the recent recognition of Taylor Swift by Spotify as the Global Top Artist of 2023, acknowledging her record-breaking success and substantial earnings. Encouraging followers to consider sacrificing the enjoyment of such celebrities’ work for the sake of their conversion, Father Mark-Mary underscored the spiritual significance of making conscious choices to avoid contributing to abortion-supportive platforms.
Referencing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which highlighted abortion as a “preeminent priority” in the upcoming 2024 elections, Father Mark-Mary urged pro-life Christians to take the issue seriously, emphasizing the paramount importance of the right to life. Despite potential challenges, he emphasized that the sacrifice comes from a place of charity, aiming to protect the unborn and foster a culture of life.
The priest cited instances where celebrities and companies, like Tesla, have actively supported abortion. He stressed the necessity of individuals and entities facing consequences for advocating abortion, framing it as an essential step towards their conversion. Father Mark-Mary clarified that the approach isn’t about cancel culture but about fostering awareness of the moral consequences of promoting abortion.
Closing the video with a call for discernment and prayer, Father Mark-Mary encouraged viewers to bring the issue to the Lord, seeking guidance on whether making sacrifices, such as refraining from supporting celebrities who endorse abortion, is a path towards expressing genuine love for these individuals and promoting a culture of life. The video is linked below.