In 2001, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II wrote the President of the United States asking him to spare the life of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber. McVeigh’s domestic terrorism crime, that he received a due-process sentencing for, took the lives of 168 innocent people. McVeigh’s act of domestic terrorism left pre-schooler’s unmatched shoes strewed throughout the concrete rubble of the collapsed federal building. McVeigh was unrepentant and hardened all the way through his eventual execution not showing the slightest sign of remorse.
Timothy McVeigh was the acid test for the sanctity of life. A life with apparently no sanctity. This horrible mass murderer still possessed the precious gift of life, the gift on the Holy Spirit, and this gift deserved to be protected. Thus the Vatican request.
As we are proponents and protectors of the Culture of Life, we must thoroughly denounce the murder of George Tiller.
As well, George Tiller was also an acid test for the sanctity of life. A man who performed 60,000 abortions in total, many times on viable children whose lives were ended literally by Tiller’s hands crushing their developed skulls or puncturing the nape of their neck to suction out their brains. He left a host of victims, alive and dead, in his wake such as Christin Gilbert.
If Tiller's life had value and deserved protection, then it reinforces that all life has value, which is the core principle and dedication of Our Cause. Our human instinct of disdain must acquiesce to the Divine revelation of sacredness.
Robert P. George, a professor at Princeton, has summed it up most succinctly and accurately:
"Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing. The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands. No private individual had the right to execute judgment against him. We are a nation of laws. Lawless violence breeds only more lawless violence. Rightly or wrongly, George Tilller was acquitted by a jury of his peers. "Vengeance is mine, says the Lord." For the sake of justice and right, the perpetrator of this evil deed must be prosecuted, convicted, and punished. By word and deed, let us teach that violence against abortionists is not the answer to the violence of abortion. Every human life is precious. George Tiller's life was precious. We do not teach the wrongness of taking human life by wrongfully taking a human life. Let our "weapons" in the fight to defend the lives of abortion's tiny victims, be chaste weapons of the spirit."