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Living the fullness of TRUTH

Legate Chris Aubert teaches what it means to be a real man through word and deed . . .

Chris Aubert recognized the human face of evil at a young age. His late father, Henri, told stories of surviving Buchenwald By playing the violin to entertain the SS, who also forced him to serenade prisoners making their death march to the “showers.” Among those who heard Henri play a prelude to a satanic symphony of screams were his parents and sister.

Fearing another Holocaust, his father named his son Christopher to obscure his Jewish identity. Aubert’s early lack of religious devotion obscured it all the more: His Bar mitzvah marked the last time he attended temple.

The American Holocaust

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo

Eventually the native New Yorker became a successful attorney in his adopted city of New Orleans. Living a self-centered life and splashing in the shallows of hedonism, Aubert didn’t think deeply about the two pregnancies he caused — the final solutions to which were the checks he wrote the abortionists.

“If I took a wrong turn in life, I justified it by saying something like, ‘Hey, everyone does it and no one got hurt, so what is the big deal?’ This excuse was used for frequent indiscriminate sex without love, guiltless partying of all kinds, and many other things for which today I am, frankly, embarrassed.”

Light first pierced Aubert’s soul in the early 1990s when he heard abortion referred to as “the American Holocaust.” Up to that point, abortion was an impersonal issue to him — just the purging of an inconvenient blob of tissue. But the Holocaust: That he knew on a deeply personal level. How could abortion even begin to compare with the nightmare from which his father never fully woke?

The question got him thinking about the big questions in life. Soon God became his first consideration. The decisive turnaround happened when he met his wife, Rhonda, a cradle Catholic who led him to the faith, which he embraced in 1997.

As for recognizing the evil of abortion, the watershed moment in Aubert’s conversion came when the father of six saw an ultrasound of his first child. “I want to meet the person who says that is not a baby!” he remembers saying out loud.

Ministry

Today Chris divides his time between his law practice and two non-profit ministries: Fullness of Truth and his personal ministry to men. His involvement with Fullness of Truth, a lay apostolate dedicated to the New Evangelization, was initiated through a series of serendipitous events born of a disaster — Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Auberts’ Louisiana home, so they moved to Texas.

There Aubert reconnected with his friend, Fullness of Truth cofounder Ken Zammit, who asked Aubert to help him jump-start the fledgling organization. Aubert did so — and more. Today, Fullness of Truth hosts parish and regional conferences to bring fallen-away Catholics back into the fold, to introduce non-Catholics to the faith, and to encourage and educate faithful Catholics.

“The conferences are incredible things,” Aubert said. “I’ve seen marriages changed, people throwing away their contraceptives and starting to have babies, conversions and vocations.”

Aubert is heartened by strong support for the ministry in dioceses like the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, where Cardinal Daniel DiNardo addressed a benefit dinner for the organization.

“Chris Aubert is a man whose deep conversion to the Catholic faith drew him into a genuine mission of proclaiming the beauty and dignity of all human life,” Cardinal DiNardo told Legatus magazine. “His reverence for life is a powerful witness to many, especially to men who desire a deeper friendship with Jesus.”

Chris Aubert and Patrick Madrid

Patrick Madrid, author and director of the Envoy Institute, frequently addresses Fullness of Truth conferences — most recently the June regional conference in Lafayette, La. That conference had an apologetics theme titled after Madrid’s book Where’s That in the Bible?

“I admire the fact that Chris wants others to avoid the problems he encountered in his previous life — especially pushing back the darkness about abortion,” said Madrid. “He’s also a very articulate and effective speaker. People need to be confronted in a genuine way, not candy-coated. He’s also a dedicated family man. Having met his wife and children, I can testify to the fact that he’s not a public face who promotes aspects of the faith but at home is different.”

Monsignor James Hart, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, Texas, will host a Fullness of Truth conference at his parish in September. It will focus on teaching the Catholic faith. Monsignor Hart first became acquainted with Aubert after seeing him appear on EWTN’s The Journey Home, which features conversion stories. “He and Rhonda embody the faith, especially in their openness to life, which is a testimony to the Church’s teaching on marriage and family life,” he said.

Men and Abortion

Chris and Rhonda Aubert with their six children

Aubert speaks to thousands of men every year about abortion, spiritual fatherhood and what it means to be a Catholic gentleman.

“If they get me a ticket and a hotel room, I’m there,” he said. Speaking to men who have been affected by abortion is important, Aubert said, because “the number of men suffering silently is astronomical. I remember at the end of one talk there was an old man, maybe 75, standing at the side waiting over an hour until the line [of men waiting to talk with me] was over. He walks over to me and starts to cry, says ‘Thank you,’ and walks away. That guy had such a scar. It happens every time I talk about men and abortion.”

Aubert hopes to extend that message with the book he’s writing. The working title is Real Men Don’t Kill Their Kids.

Dorinda Bordlee, vice president and senior counsel for the Bioethics Defense Fund, said she admires Aubert for being “a witness to truth and life.”

“Like all of us, he’s made terrible mistakes,” said the New Orleans-based attorney. “But what makes him a man of character is that he learned from them and tries to prevent others from falling into the trap of abortion — and the pain it’s brought to women and the unborn children these men will never meet in this life.”

Matthew A. Rarey is Legatus magazine’s editorial assistant.

Bearing false witness: abortion in health care reform

Dorinda Bordlee: Current bills embrace the fallacy that abortion is health care . . .

Dorinda Bordlee

Dorinda Bordlee

Quoting one of the Ten Commandments, President Barack Obama has accused American citizens who are shedding light on the details of health care reform of “bearing false witness.” It’s remarkable that the president is accusing citizens of sinning, but his reproach became even more brazen when the independent Factcheck.org at the University of Pennsylvania confirmed that it’s the president himself who is doing the fabricating.

“Despite what Obama said, the House bill would allow abortions to be covered by a federal plan and by federally subsidized private plans,” FactCheck.org reported on Aug. 21.

As a lawyer, Obama chooses his words very carefully to mislead us. The proposals he supports in both the House and the Senate authorize government funding of abortion on demand. The details of the abortion-funding schemes (and the end-of-life counseling and rationing incentives) are outlined at YourHealthcare411.com.

But there is something even more disturbing than his false accusations against those of us who are simply articulating what is actually written in black and white in these bills: He is using the unmet health care needs of uninsured and underinsured Americans as a sheepskin to cover the wolf of his long-desired agenda of government-funded abortion on demand.

Addressing Planned Parenthood on July 17, 2007, then-candidate Obama said that in “my mind, reproductive care is essential care.” He then went on to assure his audience that this would be covered by his public insurance plan: “We’re going to set up a public plan that all persons and all women can access if they don’t have health insurance. It will be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services.” Obama did not use the word “abortion,” but, according to the Chicago Tribune, a spokesman for the campaign said later that abortion would be included.

Yet, there remains much public consternation and confusion as to whether or not the current bills provide government-funded abortion coverage. This unease is not surprising when public opposition to such coverage is mounting as demonstrated by recent polls. A September survey commissioned by the U.S. bishops revealed that 60% of those who support health care reform oppose government funding for plans that include abortion. Recent Rasmussen and Susan B. Anthony List polls found similar results.

Attempts by pro-life congressmen to amend the House bill with language specifically prohibiting publicly funded abortion coverage have all been rejected. Therefore, the truth remains that if passed in any of its current forms, legislation backed by the Obama administration in both the House and Senate will authorize broad federal funding of abortion. This is why, in late July, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to the House bill (H.R. 3200) proposed by Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) as a putative “compromise” on the abortion coverage issue. Through a deceptive scheme of linguistic gymnastics, the Capps Amendment explicitly authorizes the Secretary of the Health and Human Services to include coverage for elective abortions in the services offered under public option and mandates coverage for current Medicaid abortions.

If retained in a final form of the bill, the Capps Amendment would indeed allow broad federal funding of abortion for the first time in American history. Specifically, H.R. 3200 states that some abortions “shall” be covered by the “public option” plan, specifically those types of abortions performed in cases or rape or incest — or to save the life of the mother. As for all other abortions, the Capps Amendment grants power to the secretary of Health and Human Services to use public dollars for abortion. It says that “nothing in this Act shall be construed as preventing the public health insurance option from providing” abortion services that are currently prohibited from federal funding — principally elective abortions.

Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate finance committee, recently introduced a proposal — America’s Healthy Future Act. While not contemplating a public option, it is nonetheless geared to secure abortion coverage in a manner very similar to the Capps Amendment. It includes the mandated coverage (in the minimum benefits package) of those abortions currently open to federal funding under the Hyde Amendment. Additionally, the Baucus plan provides $6 billion for the establishment of health insurance cooperatives which would be permitted to cover abortion. And unlike the current federal practice of not subsidizing plans that cover abortion, the Baucus plan would allow refundable, advanceable tax credits and cost-sharing credits to be applied to plans that pay for elective abortions.

The current proposals embrace the fallacy that abortion is health care. In reality, abortion is the opposite of health care — it destroys the life of a unique and unrepeatable human being, and it endangers the physical, psychological and spiritual health of women who have paid the price for this exploitive practice for far too long. If the Obama administration insists on lifting current restrictions on federally funded abortions by means of health care reform legislation, Americans are at least entitled to an honest admission of that objective — and to truth in packaging.

Dorinda C. Bordlee is senior counsel of the pro-life public interest law firm Bioethics Defense Fund, which is in strategic alliance with the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person headed by co-author Fr. Thomas Berg, Ph.D., a bioethics expert in the Archdiocese of New York.