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In Catholic morality, abortion is always wrong. Another principle is that intention is primary: it's about saving lives. When in saving the mother's life and reasonable care has been done for the unborn baby but the baby still does not survive, it's not called abortion as it is the unintended side effect. The article A Dangerous Pregnancy and Abortion goes ...


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I will begin by observing that the answer to this question is a logical and philosophical one, hence it does not depend on a particular religion or denomination. It is human nature itself that demands utmost respect for all human beings, and hence all people—regardless of religion—are obligated to work for the end to direct abortion in all cases. I will, ...


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Is abortion ok if the mother's life is at risk according to Catholicism? Generally speaking, the short answer is no, unless the surgery would be absolutely necessary and the death of the infant would have been caused as an unintended consequence. Grateful Disciple gives an excellent answer, to which I would like to simply add a few lines of thought to this ...


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The woman has committed a very grave evil, in that she is complicit in the death of an innocent human being. How much of that evil can be "imputed" to her, that is, treated as "her fault", may vary according to circumstances. Catholics recognize two broad classes of sin: mortal sin (also known as serious sin), and venial sin. The ...


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There were church commandments against it, and from the earliest times. The Didache, i.e. the earliest Christian catechetical document (and contemporaneous with the Gospels, probably earlier than A.D. 70) says "οὐ φονεύσεις τ́κνον ἐν φθορᾷ" (you shall not murder an infant with abortion) and "οὐδὲ γεννηθὲν ἀποκτενεῖς" (nor slay the begotten). So both ...


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Yes, there is a difference. On the matter of abortion, the Catechism and Canon Law is explicit. It is a grave offence with instant excommunication. The penalty applies to everyone involved, including the mother if she consents and any medical personnel. Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical ...


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Yes, if the candidate was voted for because they were pro-abortion Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) succinctly summed up the Catholic Church's teachings in the memorandum "Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion: General Principles": A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy ...


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It is not about abortion, it's about Jealousy and the Lord acting as a witness in trials that otherwise had none. Note that the NIV is the only translation to use the word 'miscarriage' (see Numbers 5:22 in parallel to 18 other translations). The translators interpret 'Your thigh to rot' and 'to rot [your] thigh' as 'miscarriage'. Whereas the Hebrew for '...


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Catholicism does not keep a comprehensive list of what does and does not constitute a sin; there are too many actions with moral consequence to allow for such a list. Although the Catechism of the Catholic Church does point out several actions (including procuring an abortion) as sins, even grave sins, it says nothing specifically about voting for candidates ...


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Many commentators throughout church history have addressed this issue, though not all of them have done so while specifically citing or quoting the passage in question. Thus, for example, we can't necessarily agree with modern editors when they tell us that the Didache (1st/2nd century) and the Apostolic Constitutions (4th century) were referring to Exodus ...


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This is a matter of conscience, quite clearly. I well know how these matters may be viewed by the ungodly as I was disciplined in a certain company many years ago (final written warning on the first instance of its occurrence) because of this very issue arising, suddenly, without my being prepared to meet it and I reacted in a way which was unacceptable to ...


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Protestant Denominations Wikipedia states that Protestant denominations that support abortion rights include the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, the Episcopalian Church, and the United Presbyterian Church, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), The United Church of Christ, The United Methodist Church, and the Lutheran ...


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Is using medication or vaccines derived from tissue of aborted fetuses compatible with Catholic teaching? The short answer is no, but it is a little more complicated than a simple one word answer. Apparently there is at least one Catholic Bishop who is speaking against this calling it a possible beginning of the apocalypse in this YouTube video: Abortion-...


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Ends do not justify means. It is never permissible to do evil so that good may come about: "let us not do evil that there may come good" (Rom. 3:8). Sin sometimes must be tolerated in order to prevent a greater evil. St. Thomas Aquinas's answer to the question of "Whether the rites of unbelievers ought to be tolerated?" (Summa Theologica ...


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Since apostolic times the Church has been opposed to abortion and contraception. The following sources from the early Church are given in Brian Clowes's Facts of Life (2nd ed.) PDF pp. 866-7. I've included quotes for the more famous authors; Clowes includes quotes from some of the others. The Apocalypse of Peter. Hippolytus, Bishop of Pontius and ...


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This takes the long route to coming to the actual answer. Unfortunately, the ultimate answer is purely speculative. Whether any given entity would do something is all speculative compared to asking whether a given entity has done that thing. The best we can do is look at what has been done, what has been said, and use logic applied to the complexity and ...


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Excommunication is not exactly the same as recognizing grave matter. Excommunications can't simply be overturned by going to confession. A politician who votes for evil laws, like expanding people's rights to kill babies, may in some people's eyes be accomplices to abortion, but the particular sin they're culpable for before the congregation is scandal. ...


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John Cardinal O'Connor, archbishop of New York of 10-20 years ago, once declared that if any woman were having an abortion because of the financial difficulties, to come see him. And as far as "paying the mother to carry child to term", this is essentially the terms of some adoptions. I know of a case where this happened, where an adoption was arranged ...


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I'm going to disagree slightly with Andrew Leach on this one. As far as excommunication: since you obviously weren't a member of the Church at the time, excommunication is obviously impossible. The information Andrew gives on excommunication for abortion is valuable, though; you should certainly be aware of just how seriously the Church takes this action. ...


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The question is very well addressed in a guide published by Catholic Answers. In a nutshell, the answer is that a Catholic (and, frankly, every human being, regardless of religion) is bound in conscience never to support public policies that encourage abortion, and this duty includes the grave obligation to vote for those candidates who will best protect ...


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Canon Law already punishes Catholics involved in abortion with automatic (latæ sententiæ) excommunication: Can. 1398 A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latæ sententiæ excommunication. This includes all Catholics involved: the woman, her family, the abortionist, assisting nurses and doctors, and even those on medical ethics boards who ...


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That passage doesn't even say the woman was pregnant, yet pro-aborts use it to rationalize abortion! It shows how desperate they are -- as if they actually cared about what the Book of Numbers said. When people use that argument, just say, "You are welcome to show me in the Book of Numbers where it says the woman is pregnant (not there). Then you could ...


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I do not have own insights to this topic, but I want to point to some statements of representants of the Catholic Church. In the last month many dealt with this topic, e.g the Bishops Conferences of the UK, the US, Ireland and Slowakia (source, German). The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Chairmen of the Committee on Doctrine and the Committee ...


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I wish to know both ethical considerations involved and how to identify which Covid-19 vaccinations might have such ethically questionable ‘ingredients'. How to identify The Pro-Life Charlotte Lozier Institute maintains an up to date, complete with references, but easy to read table of coronavirus vaccines (pdf version here). Each vaccine has 3 ethical ...


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In Roman Catholic canon law, an interdict is an ecclesiastical censure that excludes from certain rites of the Church individuals or groups, who nonetheless do not cease to be members of the Church. The pope can at any time choose to use his interdict powers to deny the sacraments to all nations whose laws allow abortion. The widespread support of ...


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Ectopic pregnancies are a classic application of the principle of double effect: The principle that says it is morally allowable to perform an act that has at least two effects, one good and one bad. It may be used under the following conditions: the act to be done must be good in itself or at least morally indifferent; by the act to be done is ...


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The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) is a voluntary association of Catholic hospitals. In 2014, Ron Hamel, the senior ethicist for the CHA, published an article on their website which deals with this question among others. His conclusion is this: Treatment of ectopic pregnancy can take three forms — expectant management, surgical, and ...


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