A call to conscience

Ardent, practicing Catholics will quickly learn from the historical record that from apostolic times, the Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil. In the absence of modern medical knowledge, some of the Early Fathers held that abortion was homicide; others that it was tantamount to homicide; and various scholars theorized about when and how the unborn child might be animated or “ensouled.” But none diminished the unique evil of abortion as an attack on life itself, and the early Church closely associated abortion with infanticide. In short, from the beginning, the believing Christian community held that abortion was always, gravely wrong.

Of course, we now know with biological certainty exactly when human life begins. Thus, today’s religious alibis for abortion and a so-called “right to choose” are nothing more than that – alibis that break radically with historic Christian and Catholic belief.

Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life. It is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it. Catholics who make excuses for it – whether they’re famous or not – fool only themselves and abuse the fidelity of those Catholics who do
sincerely seek to follow the Gospel and live their Catholic faith.

But [Catholics who support pro-choice candidates] also need a compelling proportionate reason to justify it. What is a “proportionate” reason when it comes to the abortion issue? It’s the kind of reason we will be able to explain, with a clean heart, to the victims of abortion when we meet them face to face in the next life–which we most certainly will. If we’re confident that these victims will accept our motives as something more than an alibi, then we can proceed.

(Archbishop Chaput)

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6 thoughts on “A call to conscience

  1. Leanne says:

    and this is why I will not be voting for B.O.That was an awesome post. I have been having to really push my view that B.O. cannot call himself and evangelical and support abortion rights…its hypocritical. It saddens me that so many people seem to not be getting that point!I have decided I will not fear others’ opinion of me when I express that point.Again, thank you for sharing.

  2. Jackie says:

    Thank you for having the courage to post this on your site! It is a message that more people need to hear.

  3. Anonymous says:

    One issue voters will be the downfall of this country…try and look at ALL the issues. And yes, this post is from a Catholic.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t checked your site (or anyone else’s) in a long time, sister. Awesome post! It moved me to tears. I’m praying for hearts to see the truth. J-Vla

  5. Stacey says:

    Dear anonymous….One issue voters will not be the downfall of this country, friend. The downfall of our country happened when a court made it legal for us to kill babies because we didn’t feel like parenting them. The downfall of our country occurs every single day when we kill our childrens’ playmates and siblings. There are currently 1.3 million abortions performed each year in the United States….and you think me voting with a conscience in effort to put someone into office who will appoint the appropriate people to the Supreme Court in order to STOP this genocide is the problem?That is what I consider the downfall of our country. That so many people like yourself care more about taxation, oil, education, and the like and yet can’t bring themselves to keep first things first. We have become such a selfish society. If it is not convenient or pleasing, we want to avoid it at all costs. LIFE is the ONLY issue that actually matters. Without life, do you think the babies that died today at the hands of a murderer CARE at all about their education? No, I can tell you, they are simply begging to be allowed to have a chance to breathe, to eat, to grow. Single issue voter? You betchya. And I know that I can look in the mirror every.single.day with a clear conscience knowing that I have done my part to help change our country for the better. Because anytime we stop killing our own babies, we become a better nation. Period.

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