Don’t you find it strange that when a person dies, he/she often becomes popular again, larger than life, or more wonderful than he/she ever really was? I am not suggesting that we disrespect the dead, or drag their names through the mud, just that we paint a fair picture.
What has sparked this whole discussion for me has been all of the media attention given to Nelson Mandela’s death – or rather the way that the publicity has been handled in both secular and religious publications. Nelson Mandela did do some really good things – namely working to end apartheid in South Africa. Several articles I’ve read, however, acclaim his efforts at the humane and dignified treatment of all people. Wonderful, right? Several reputable internet sources confirm that Nelson was pro abortion – in fact he voted for abortion on demand. What about the rights of those precious little humans in utero? Do they not deserve humane treatment? These same articles that sing the praises of a “hero,” do not mention anything about Nelson’s pro-choice beliefs. They also do not mention that fact that he was a socialist.
I’m not judging here – only God can do that. Nelson may have had a change of heart as he grew older. Maybe he did have a “Saul to Paul” type conversion. People can change. I just think that a more accurate picture of the man should be painted – especially in Catholic publications – since he stood for things that we are most certainly against as Christians.
I pray for the repose of his soul.