Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Life Issues Forum Special Edition: A Concern for Catholics in Public Life
Today we share with you, as a Life Issues Forum Special Edition,
a timely commentary from Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of Kansas City,
Kansas, and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
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efforts to perpetuate and expand abortion in state laws have
illuminated the deplorable actions of some Catholic public officials and
advocates. Their efforts to support and even celebrate such legislation
will result in killing many more unborn children, as well as the
spiritual and emotional wounding of their mothers and
fathers. Advocating for intrinsically evil acts, like abortion, is a
serious immoral act – one that involves grave matter, the prerequisite
for the commission of a mortal sin. While we can object to the actions
of these public officials, we are not able to judge their souls. At the
same time, we know there will be a Judgment Day.
and unrepentant mortal sin endangers our eternal souls and places
ourselves on a path to Hell. To receive our Eucharistic Lord, while in a
state of mortal sin, only further jeopardizes the eternal fate of our
souls. Sincere repentance, a conversion of heart, and a genuine effort
to make amends for the harm caused by our sin, are essential to be able
to receive God’s mercy.
my own role as a bishop, I have a serious responsibility to make
certain that those entrusted to my pastoral care are aware of the moral
gravity and spiritual consequences of their actions. I also have a
serious obligation to protect other members of my flock from being
misled by a seeming tolerance of the scandalous behavior of some
Catholics in public life. It is critically important that I attempt to
enter into dialogue with such Catholic leaders. If even after an
extended dialogue a Catholic in public life persists in scandalous
actions, I have found it necessary to request that they not present
themselves to receive Holy Communion, for their own spiritual welfare
and for the protection of many others from moral confusion.
invite all Catholics to pray for spiritual healing for all those
involved in or advocating for legalized abortion. When we truly repent,
God is always eager to lavish us with His mercy.