A woman asked a friend to take her to the doctor’s office. She had a stressful medical procedure planned, and she needed her friend’s support. Her friend willingly agreed, and accompanied her throughout the process. The woman was happy to have this support during this stressful time.
Her medical procedure? An abortion.
The latest buzzword in Catholicism today is “accompany.” By this is meant a “journeying together” with others, especially those who are in need or in irregular situations. A recent example of the emphasis can be found in Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s letter to the priests in his Archdiocese of Washington, DC. The subject of the letter is Amoris Laetitia, but a major theme is “accompaniment.”