The question of the proximity or remoteness of cooperation with evil for pro-abortion political figures is one aspect of this, but the other is the issue of a public figure who professes allegiance to the Catholic Faith standing in clear opposition to a fundamental teaching of the Church, and opposing it's leaders who (if one believes Church Doctrine) have been selected by God through the working of the Spirit to attain their positions of leadership. Such a stand could conceivably lead others to take similar positions, which would endanger their souls in a grave manner. Is this also not a sinful act? There have been cases in the past where opposition to the teachings of the Church and active dissension with the Church hierarchy has led to excommunication. If the actions of a public figure drive others away from a close relationship with God and into a position where they are more easily swayed by Evil, I would guess that it would be held against them when Judgment falls upon them.
posted on 08/26/2008 6:16:57 PM PDT
There is no question that the actions of these politicians are gravely evil. Assuming the other attributes of mortal sin, these politicians are mired in it.
“There have been cases in the past where opposition to the teachings of the Church and active dissension with the Church hierarchy has led to excommunication.”
That's true. With sufficient process, these politicians could eventually be excommunicated.
But I'm not sure that they incur excommunication latae sententiae by the mere fact of their opinion on abortion.
posted on 08/26/2008 6:25:11 PM PDT
(If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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