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To: jaydubya2
“that Church teaching on when human life begins is unclear”

What this means is that it is unclear to her. In the typical liberal fashion, lack of clarity always is out there in the world, never in the liberal's own head, even if it's projected onto the world around him.
48 posted on 08/25/2008 8:14:35 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan

“Abortion
Here, too, Professor Maguire argues that because some Catholic theologians do not consider abortion to be always wrong there is no unitary Catholic position on abortion. In fact, he argues that the dominant current of Catholic tradition supports early abortion because some eminent theologians of the past, such as St. Thomas Aquinas, did not believe that a fetus becomes a human person until several weeks after conception. Such judgments about the status of the fetus were based on the relatively primitive biology of the ancient and medieval periods. More importantly, these theologians never drew the conclusion that abortion was morally justified. Since modern biology provides clear evidence of the humanness of the embryo from the moment of conception, today there can be no reason that can justify the taking of innocent human life that occurs in abortion. Contrary to what Professor Maguire asserts, the Catholic tradition has never supported abortion. The Second Vatican Council clearly stated that “[l]ife must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.”[18] Furthermore, the intrinsic immorality of abortion has been repeatedly and forcefully emphasized by the popes, particularly by Pope John Paul II.[19]”
http://catholicposition.blogspot.com/2008/08/catholic-teaching-on-abortion-us.html


59 posted on 08/25/2008 8:23:26 AM PDT by tflabo (.)
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