How to answer 5 key questions about abortion and the Catholic Church| National Catholic Register
Archbishop Sample of Portland, Oregon was asked about abortion and the Catholic Church. Here are his answers:
Why don’t pro-lifers care about women?
The fact is, we do. We care deeply about women. In fact, the Church is one of the main organizations that strives in various ways to help women.
The Catholic Church has amazing programs. We promote Project Rachel, which is a healing ministry for women and men who have gone through the tragedy of abortion in their own lives. A recent program by the U.S. bishops walks with mothers in need to connect local communities of faith in the Church with women who find themselves struggling with pregnancy, whether due to poverty or other circumstances of their life.
There are literally thousands of pro-life organizations that focus specifically on helping women when they face what a pregnancy crisis is for them – and helping with the healing that needs to happen. after experiencing the tragedy of abortion in her own life. .
With God’s help, we still need to do more, to reach out to people, women and men who find themselves in these terribly complex and troubling situations in their lives. The solution to these problems, however, is not murder. The solution to child poverty is not to kill unborn children. This is not a solution. It’s just magnifying the problem. What we need to do — in this case — is to fight child poverty.
Why do you think abortion is wrong?
Well, you know what, it’s not really about what I think. It’s about what’s real and what’s true.
The truth is, some things are just objectively true, regardless of what I think or what you think. The Church in her wisdom has always taught that abortion is wrong. That’s why I believe him. But you don’t have to be a Christian or a person of faith to know this truth, this objective truth – that abortion is wrong because, from the very moment of conception, a single member of the family human has emerged.
You and me, we all started like this. And this is not religious sentimentality or even a philosophical position. It’s hard science.
Some people would say, “Well, you know, abortion isn’t a black or white issue.” Well, yes it is. It’s very clear. It is a question of what is right and what is wrong. Why? Because he’s an innocent human child in his most fragile form. Victims of abortion violence are the most vulnerable, the most fragile of all victims.
This vulnerable, fragile and precious life truly deserves our protection. He deserves my protection. He deserves your protection. And that is why I lend my voice and use my position as an Archbishop in the Church to give voice to these unborn children who have no voice, so that their cries do not go unheard.
They need a lawyer and I will be their lawyer. And I want everyone to be their advocate too. No more silent screams.
Why is the Church so concerned about abortion?
I have heard many people say – I have had people say to me – “Archbishop, with all the problems in the world today, and they are legion, why does the Church seem so concerned , even obsessed with the question of abortion?
Well, because it is the most basic human rights issue of all. This is the fundamental right to life, the fundamental right to be allowed to exist. We cannot talk about human rights for human beings who were not allowed to be born. Whatever those rights are, whether it’s economic justice or health care or education, you can’t talk about those rights for people who weren’t allowed to come into the world to see the day light. All these rights imply the right to life, the right to exist.
We absolutely condemn the Nazis – as we should – for the over 6 million Jews who were killed under this regime. We denounce the millions of people killed under the communist regimes of the 20th century. I think most people don’t realize that since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, over 63 million unborn children lost their lives to abortion just here in the United States.
The scale of the scourge of abortion is truly a global and historic tragedy. This is why it is a priority for the Church: because the Church fights evil.
If abortion is bad, does that mean proponents of abortion are bad people?
Well, it’s not that simple at all. It is not for me or any of us to judge the moral state of a person. But we can judge moral actions. The act of abortion and advocating for abortion is wrong. It is an evil act on the part of a human being. It is true that we are all capable of evil – that the line between good and evil runs through the human heart – but the act of abortion, the intentional killing of an unborn innocent human child, is still wrong.
So what does this say about those who actively advocate for abortion? Well, I would say they were deceived. They have been deceived and lied to by the enemy, by the devil.
Remember, we were captured. It is part of our history, Christian history. The enemy has captured us and he is a master liar. And he sadly fooled a lot of people into thinking that advocating for abortion is somehow the right thing. The enemy is not the pro-abortion advocate and supporter. The enemy is Satan.
Can a Catholic be pro-abortion?
You know, that’s a pretty basic question. Now, if by Catholic you mean someone who tries to adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church, then the answer is no. I really wish that people who openly defend and support the violence of abortion against the unborn child will stop pretending that it is somehow consistent with the teachings of the Gospel and the Catholic Church.
It’s like a person who claims to be vegan and then eats meat. It’s incoherent to the point of being meaningless. The truth is that it is not a deep or complex idea that one cannot be a good Catholic and at the same time defend and support the destruction of innocent human life in the womb through abortion. It’s so basic.
It’s basic common sense that even a child can understand. Saying I’m Catholic means something, or should. With the help of God’s grace, we should seek to conform our lives to the gospel of Jesus Christ, to His gospel, and not try to reform the gospel to conform to our own way of thinking or our own view of the world.
If you are a Catholic who openly defends and supports abortion, then you should know that the Church is very clear. This is a very serious matter. And I have a real pastoral concern for you. I want to say that. Please repent, confess, be reconciled to God. If you don’t, you put your immortal soul in danger.
You’re welcome. Please don’t do this. Let Jesus change your heart. He can. Jesus changes everything.