Exhibit A: Catholic candidate who openly admits that human life begins at conception AND openly defends the so-called 'privacy rights' of Roe v. Wade to keep abortion legal and available and thus allows for the unjust killing of innocent unborn lives.
Exhibit B: Catholic politician who erroneously believes and espouses that the Catholic Church's condemnation of abortion is recent (within 50 yrs.) and bases that on a misinterpretation of scholastic philosopher's use of Aristotelian biology that wrongly asserted the premise that human beings first begin as vegetative souls, then animal and finally human while in the womb.
Who is more culpable? Both are wrong in their defense of legalized abortion. Both are presumed honest in their disclosure of what they believe. Only the Good Lord knows with metaphysical certitude if the ignorance is invincible, however, the more dangerous position is the acceptance of an acknowledged moral evil (direct killing of innocent unborn human life).
Humanae Vitae was written forty years ago (1948) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church in 1992 and Evangelium Vitae 1995. Yet, as the CCC states in #2271
Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law
The Didache goes back more than fifty years (more like two THOUSAND years), so Exhibit B's argument is false and specious. Worse, though, is Exhibit A's formal cooperation (as well as material) in evil.
Nerves overcome - The Apostolic Nuncio, five Bishops and some very learned clergy are present at the ACCC conference here in Melbourne. I was getting increasingly nervous ...
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