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Church can never accept abortion - Pope's book
Wasthington Post ^ | 6/21/05 | By Philip Pullella

Posted on 06/21/2005 10:54:58 AM PDT by Mikmur

Pope Benedict, in his first book published since his election, says the Catholic Church can never accept laws allowing abortion because there is no such thing as "small murders."

In one section of the book, the Pope asks rhetorically why the Church should not accept that abortion is legal in many countries.

"Why don't we resign ourselves to the fact that we lost that battle and dedicate our energies instead to projects where we can find greater social consensus?" he writes.

Because this, he says, would be a superficial and hypocritical solution.

"Recognizing the sacred nature of human life and its inviolability without any exceptions is not a small problem or something that can be considered part of the pluralism of opinions in modern society," he writes.

"There is no such thing as 'small murders'. Respect for every single life is an essential condition for anything worthy of being called social life."

Some Italian politicians fear that the country's powerful Catholic Church will try to make capital of its victory in this month's fertility referendum and eventually try to overturn the country's abortion law.

..its title from St Benedict, the 5th and 6th century monk who founded the Benedictine order which guarded European culture in the Middle Ages.

In other sections of the book, the Pope criticizes a decision to exclude a reference to Europe's Christian roots in the EU constitution.

The Vatican campaigned hard for such a reference in the EU charter, which was rejected recently by voters in France and the Netherlands and is now effectively on hold.

The Pope's disappointment with modern Europe transpires in several sections of the book.

"Europe has developed a culture which excludes God from the public conscience in a way never before known to humanity ..." he writes.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionismurder; catholic; murder; vatican
Interesting reading. Though I am not for the Catholic religion per se, it is refreshing to see people so focused on the Doctrine of Life!
1 posted on 06/21/2005 10:54:59 AM PDT by Mikmur
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To: Mikmur

Not Catholic either, but glad to see Pope Benedict is taking a stand!

Viva il papa!


2 posted on 06/21/2005 10:57:41 AM PDT by TBarnett34 (What part of "up or down" do you RINOs not understand?)
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Gee, the Pope is a Catholic! You think?


3 posted on 06/21/2005 11:02:18 AM PDT by CondorFlight
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I'm not a Catholic.

Read -> Comprehend -> Post.


4 posted on 06/21/2005 11:05:26 AM PDT by TBarnett34 (What part of "up or down" do you RINOs not understand?)
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To: Mikmur

This will really give the libs scratching fits.


5 posted on 06/21/2005 11:08:39 AM PDT by caisson71
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To: Mikmur
there is no such thing as "small murders."

That's it in a nutshell.

6 posted on 06/21/2005 11:13:10 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Mikmur

"Recognizing the sacred nature of human life and its inviolability without any exceptions is not a small problem or something that can be considered part of the pluralism of opinions in modern society," he writes.

"There is no such thing as 'small murders'. Respect for every single life is an essential condition for anything worthy of being called social life."

You don't need to be a Catholic to understand or defend the sacred nature of life, but it sure makes Catholics proud when their Church stands firm in the face of our secular media's anti-life bias and those who want to impose The Culture of Death upon us all.


7 posted on 06/21/2005 11:14:54 AM PDT by victim soul
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Thanks for the post. I'm really enjoying the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI.

Today is also the feast day of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron saint of youth.

Today is a great day to attend mass and pray for our youth.

8 posted on 06/21/2005 11:25:05 AM PDT by Night Hides Not
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This is why the pagan left hates the Catholic Church so much. No situation ethics. No emanations or penumbras. No wink and nod to sexual license. All the more reason why the left is silently giddy about the Church being infiltrated and severely injured by the homosexuals / pedophiles.


9 posted on 06/21/2005 11:36:28 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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