Mandela & Me

I have purposely avoided making any comment on the passing of Nelson Mandela because I have very little nice to say about the man.

For sure, he had praiseworthy characteristics and made praiseworthy decisions. But in my mind his legacy is much more deleterious than any of the current adulation will admit.

But I didn't want to make a thing of it. It's not about Mandela and me. Let it pass, I thought. So it was that I am pleased to see the comments of Bishop Thomas Tobin, bishop of Providence, Rhode Island.
“Many people around the world and in our own nation are mourning the loss of former South African President Nelson Mandela,” Bishop Tobin commented in a statement. “Indeed there is much to admire in Mandela’s long life and public service, particularly his personal courage and his stalwart defense of human rights.

“There is part of President Mandela’s legacy, however, that is not at all praiseworthy, namely his shameful promotion of abortion in South Africa. In 1996 Mandela promoted and signed into law the ‘Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill’ that, according to the New York Times, ‘replaced one of the world’s toughest abortion laws with one of the most liberal.’”

Tobin continues: “While we pray for the peaceful repose of President Mandela’s immortal soul and the forgiveness of his sins, we can only regret that his noble defense of human dignity did not include the youngest members of our human family, unborn children.”
Amen and amen.

Perhaps even more corageously, Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference said:
“Fifteen years have passed since abortion on demand was legalized in South Africa. Since then, it is estimated that over one million unborn children were denied the most fundamental of rights, the right to life”, said a statement on behalf of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), signed by Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, Archbishop of Johannesburg and President of the SACBC. “We remember those one million unborn babies. We regret that those children of God were denied the right to be born into God’s world and to enrich it with their own unique gifts and talents. We will never fully realize what we have missed because the law says that ‘abortion is fine’,” said the statement sent to Fides.
In the other, and perhaps even greater civil rights challenge of his time, Nelson Mandela completely failed and capitulated to the culture of death. That is his true legacy too.
*subhead*His true legacy..*subhead*


  1. Deleterious, not delirious. Now, the people who think this guy is praiseworthy are delirious, but his behavior, overall, was deleterious. But you know the left. They put that murdering bastard Che on t-shirts, so Mandela will at least get a coffee mug.

  2. As Mother Theresa once said, if murdering an unborn child is not wrong, then nothing is wrong, including what happened to Mandela. It's a shame he didn't use his stature to oppose the dehumanization of the unborn as he did those of a darker skin pigment.

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  4. Another Marxist. I hope we're not going to displace another real American holiday for Nelson Mandela, who tortured people by lighting tires around their neck. I have no idea who +Tobin is talking about, but it can't possibly be Nelson Mandela from South Africa.

  5. Thanks Patrick for pointing out what both Bishop Tobin and the Bishop from South Africa. Once again why is not Francis speaking like this? I heard today he spoken about Mandela like he did because he wanted only to accentuate the positive but do we not also have to be realistic and honest? No wonder he so popular he says things people want to hear and think he is Universalism. The NOR says that there is NO CONTINUITY with Benedict of John Paul despite what he has claimed recently. He criticized the Regensburg address of 2006 saying it would hurt dialogue. It is common fact that he greatly admired Cardinal Martini and is trying to imitate him mostly by the there is non Catholic God. So yes he is going to cause a schism soon.

  6. Mandela was nothing more than a bloodthirsty communist terrorist. Why are these two bishops only concerned about his pro-abortion activities? Don't they realize communists has always promoted abortion as part of their agenda of destroying the unity of the family?


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