Tuesday, September 15, 2015

No Such Thing as a Pro-Choice Catholic!

Fr. John J. Pasquini, Th.D.

One cannot be a Catholic in good standing by maintaining a pro-abortion stance, and one cannot vote for a pro-abortion politician in good conscience!  Induced abortion is intrinsically evil!

The Scriptures
The Scriptures are clear regarding the sanctity of life from conception to natural death:  In Genesis 25: 22-24 we read: “The children in Rebekah’s womb jostled each other so much that she exclaimed, ‘If this is to be so, what good will it do me!’ She went to consult the Lord, and he answered her: ‘Two nations are in your womb….”  In Jeremiah 1:5 we read: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.”  In Isaiah we read: “Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb: Fear not, O Jacob, my servant whom I have chosen” (v. 2 and v. 24).  In Isaiah 49:2 we read: “The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.”  In Job 10:8, 11 we read: “Your hands have formed me and fashioned me; with skin and flesh you clothed me, with bones and sinews you knit me together.”  And in Job 31:15 we read: “Did not he who made me in the womb make him?  Did not the same One fashion us before our birth.”  In Psalm 139:13-16 we read: “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me, wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth. Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be.”  In Ecclesiastes 11:5 we read: “Just as you know not how the breath of life fashions the human frame in the mother’s womb, so you know not the work of God which he is accomplishing in the universe.”  In Luke 1:41-44 we read, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”  And in Luke 1:36 we read: “Behold, Elizabeth, has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her…” 
Finally, in Revelation 9:21f we read:  “Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic potions, their unchastity…”  The phrase “magic potions” is from the Greek word pharmakeia, which means, in this context, an abortion causing agent.
    
Other quotes worth reviewing:  Genesis 16:2-4; 19:36-38; 21:1-18; 38; 50: 20; Exodus 21:22-25; Leviticus 19:14; Numbers 35:22-34; Deuteronomy 27:25; Jeremiah 7:6; 22:17; Isaiah 45:9-12; Psalm 94:9; 106:37-38; Proverbs 6:16-19; Ruth 4:18-22; Matthew 1:3; 18:10-14; Luke 3:33; 17:2; John 9:1-3; Acts 17:25-29; Romans 8:28.
    
How can anyone understanding the Scriptures ever ponder the possibility of abortion!

Early Church Writings
In the Didache (ca. 65) the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, we read: “You shall not kill an unborn child or murder a newborn infant” (II, 2).  In Barnabas’ Epistle II (ca. 70) we read:  “You shall love your neighbor more than your own life. You shall not slay the child by abortion.”  In Tertullian’s Apologetics (ca. 177) we read:  “For us murder is once and for all forbidden; so even the child in the womb, while the mother’s blood is still being drawn on to form the human being, it is not lawful for us to destroy. To forbid birth is only quicker murder. He is a man, who is to be a man; the fruit is always present in the seed” (197).  In Athenagoras’ Legatio pro Christianis, (ca. 177) we read: “Those who use drugs to bring about an abortion commit murder and will have to give an account to God for their abortion.”  In Minucius Felix’s Octavius (ca. 200) we read: “There are women, who, by the use of medicinal potions, destroy the unborn life in their wombs, and murder the child before they bring it forth.  These practices undoubtedly are derived from a custom established by your gods; Saturn, though he did not expose his sons, certainly devoured them.”  In Clement of Alexandria’s Christ the Educator II (ca. 150) we read: “If we would not kill off the human race born and developing according to God’s plan, then our whole lives would be lived according to nature.  Women who make use of some sort of deadly abortion drug kill not only the seed of life but, together with it, all human kindness.”  In Augustine’s De Nuptius et Concupiscus (354-430) we read:  “Sometimes this lustful cruelty or cruel lust goes so far as to seek to procure baneful sterility, and if this fails the fetus conceived in the womb is in one way or another smothered or evacuated, in the desire to destroy the offspring before it has life, or if it already lives in the womb, to kill it before it is born.” In Jerome’s Letter to Eustochium (ca. 340-420) we read: “Some unmarried women, when they are with child through sin, practice abortion by the use of drugs.  Frequently they kill themselves and are brought before the ruler of the lower world guilty of three crimes; suicide, adultery against Christ, and murder of an unborn child.”  In Basil the Great’s First Canonical Letter (ca. 329-379) we read: “The hairsplitting difference between formed and unformed makes no difference to us.  Whoever deliberately commits abortion is subject to the penalty for homicide.”  We could go on and on.
    
To call oneself a Catholic and pro-abortion or pro-choice is to promote an outrageous lie.  To be indifferent or to vote for pro-choice or pro-abortion candidates is to betray one’s Catholic faith. 
    
Let us never forget the words of Caiaphas:  “It is better for one man to die than for a whole nation to perish” (Jn 11:50).  That one person was Jesus. 
    
We were created in the “image and likeness” of God” (Gen. 1:27).  We are the “body of Christ” (1 Cor. 12:12f; Rom. 12:5; Eph. 1:22f) and the “Temple of God” (1 Cor. 3:9-10, 15-16).  Anyone who aborts a child is aborting the “image and likeness” of God, the “body of Christ,” the “temple of God.”  They are aborting God.
    
They are committing an act of sacrilege, for we are “not our own” (cf. 1 Cor. 6:19-20)--our bodies belong to God.