All warfare is based primarily on deception of an enemy. Fighting
on a battlefield is the most primitive way of making war. There is no
art higher than to destroy your enemy without a fight by subverting
anything of value in your enemy's country.
Chinese master strategist Sun Tzu, c. 500 B.C.
[We] oppose efforts to enact into secular law one particular
religious doctrine on abortion or the beginning of personhood.
'Religious' Coalition for Abortion Rights
propaganda flyer entitled "Are You Pro-Life? ... So Are We."
There is no consensus of opinion regarding abortion, especially among
religious denominations. Therefore, the anti-choice churches,
particularly the Catholic Church, should get out of the abortion debate
and let the rest of us Good Christians get on with our lives.
The most important point to remember is that, if the anti-choice
churches get their way regarding abortion, they will be forcing their
religious views on the public at large and will compel all Americans to
practice the Catholic/fundamentalist religion in the area of sexuality.
This is an obvious and flagrant violation of the separation of church
If we are to take the pro-abortionists at their word, the 'Religious'
Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR) should not even exist. The
pro-abortion lobby for many years loudly denounced any religious voice
or opinion in the abortion issue until, in the early 1970s, they woke up
to the fact that a band of pro-aborts masquerading as 'Good Christians'
could do their public relations effort a world of good.
Now, of course, it's all right for a church denomination to speak out
for abortion, because it's a social or religious issue. But no
church should be allowed to speak out against abortion, because
then suddenly it's a political issue, and is, as RCAR commonly snivels,
a "profound and distressing violation of the separation of Church
What sense does this logic make? None, of course. And neither does
anything else that one will find in RCAR literature.
RCAR has three primary missions.
The first is to create confusion in the public mind as to what
Christians believe about abortion. RCAR strategists know that, if they
can plant a seed of doubt in people's minds as to the traditional
Christian response to abortion by asserting that the Church did not
always oppose baby-killing, then the stance of the church when it does
oppose abortion will appear inconsistent and punitive.
RCAR's second mission is to convince people that abortion involves
religious freedom. In other words, if abortion is restricted in any way,
then somehow religious freedom is also restricted. RCAR says that if
abortion is criminalized, a particular religious view regarding when
life begins is being forced upon the nation. Of course, RCAR never
mentions that such is the case right now the particular religious view
that is in force right now is that life begins at birth.
RCAR's third mission is to convince people that they can be Good
Christians of any denomination, and still be free to kill their
children with a clear conscience. In fact, RCAR insists that people
cannot be good Christians unless they support abortion! This is
in line with its insistence that every Catholic hospital must
perform abortions and that every insurance plan must pay for
abortions, even if the hospital or insurance plan is run by a church to
whom baby-killing is morally repugnant.
So much for "pro-choice!"
Why 'Christians' Want Abortion.
To achieve its goals, RCAR uses the time-honored propaganda tools of
deception, distortion, and doctored statistics. Its brochures,
respectably printed on the finest card stock, are masterpieces of
disinformation. In fact, they would serve as excellent exhibits for
anyone writing a college paper on modern-day propaganda campaigns.
One of these brochures trumpets on its cover;
ABORTION: WHY RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES WANT TO
KEEP IT LEGAL
Naturally, this title implies that all religious organizations
want to keep abortion legal, and RCAR deliberately fosters this type of
The remainder of the pamphlet emphasizes the pro-abortion stands of
various small 'splinter' denominations, and attempts to dilute the
unfaltering pro-life position of the Catholic Church. In very large
print, it asks the spurious question, "WOULDN'T A LAW PROHIBITING
ABORTION VIOLATE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY? EXACTLY."
This is the well-known "bait and switch" tactic that the
pro-aborts employ as a matter of course, i.e., THE ISSUE IS NOT
ABORTION. It is privacy, freedom, economics, anything but
Taking 'Cute' To the Extreme.
In fact, another RCAR brochure, as painfully cute as the Care Bears,
has a drawing of an empty picture frame on its cover with the slogan;
RCAR HAS NO PICTURES IN THIS BROCHURE.
YOU CAN'T TAKE A PICTURE OF FREEDOM.
Isn't that precious?
But wait it gets even better! On the inside, the pamphlet
says; "You've probably seen the garish brochures that anti-choice
organizations hand out. The pictures in those brochures are designed to
shock you and they do! They are designed to keep you from thinking
seriously about the real issue. Sadly, they often do. THE REAL ISSUE IS
RCAR, of course, has it precisely backwards. The reason that the
"anti-choice" brochures shock people is because they cut
through all the pro-abort smoke, tortured 'logic,' and Newspeak to show
what abortion really means dead, butchered babies and grieving
women! This is one of the great advantages that naturally accrue to the
pro-life movement: Slaughter of the innocents on a huge scale is rather
difficult to cover up and sanitize.
On a more fundamental level, RCAR is implying that we should be free
to make our own choices because we were given free will by God. We will
then, of course, be accountable for our actions when we face Him on the
The RCAR 'theologians' are correct, or course but they have committed
the dangerous error of logical extrapolation. Just because we were given
free will by God does not mean that we may pursue 'freedom' to the point
that we can kill others. If RCAR's logic were sound, we should also have
the freedom to rape, rob, sodomize, embezzle, molest children, and do
anything else that struck our perverted fancies. After all, we would
have to account to God for everything in the end anyway, right?
It is obvious that RCAR members do not believe in God, because if
they did, they would be trying to help people avoid being condemned to
Hell, not enabling them to commit the very sins that will virtually
guarantee condemnation on the Last Day.
RCAR makes the same fundamental error that many Neoliberal churches
all over the world make they all stress God's infinite mercy while
conveniently forgetting His perfect justice.
No Abortion = Another Inquisition.
Another of RCAR's brochures is a particularly slick propaganda piece.
It is printed (once again) on only the best paper, and is entitled
"Religious Liberty: A Heritage at Stake." The brochure begins
by relating the heart-rending story of a woman tortured and killed
centuries ago for her religious beliefs. The brochure lovingly lingers
on such garish details as the woman's tormenters screwing her tongue to
her palate so she could not speak.
After this lurid description, the narrative smoothly switches to an
extensive listing the 'sins' of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Edwin
Meese, and warns that they and others are trying to subvert the
separation of church and state. The obvious implication is that women
will once again be tortured and killed for exercising their
Goddess-given religious right to decapitate, burn, and dismember their
preborn babies if fanatics like Falwell, Robertson, and Meese have their
Abortion is only mentioned in passing along with several other
issues, and the overall logical impression that the uninformed reader is
left with is that we will go back to the Bad Old Days of The Inquisition
if everyone doesn't join RCAR and send it lots of money RIGHT AWAY!
Another RCAR prize propaganda piece was written by female
'theologian' Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, and carried the feel-good,
nebulous title "Respecting the Moral Agency of Women."
Mollenkott may be a self-proclaimed expert at theology, but she
reveals herself to be profoundly ignorant of both logic and biology as
she says that
Anti-abortionists claim that fetal personhood is a biological fact
rather than a theological perspective. However, the fetus is human
only in the sense that any part of a human body is human: Every cell
carries the full genetic code (a severed hand is genetically human, as
well, but we do not call it a person).
The pamphlet rises to even greater heights of silliness as Mollenkott
quotes a female doctor who says that "... six hundred million sperm
are "aborted" in every masturbation or wet dream."
She concludes by asking "Can we, dare we, force another human
being into making such a Christlike sacrifice?"
The "Christlike sacrifice" Mollenkott is referring to is
having a baby that might not be convenient at the time. By making the
near-blasphemous comparison between having a baby and the Crucifixion of
Christ, she is revealing that Neoliberal women are irresponsible, weak,
and self-centered, and in no way the independent, 'empowered' people the
Neofeminists claim they are.
Paragons of Paranoia.
Anyone who grew out of comic books in high school should cheer up:
There is now a viable substitute in the form of RCAR propaganda
brochures and its national magazine, which is grossly mis-entitled Conscience.
Nowhere else has silliness and illogic been distilled into such a
concentrated format. It is recommended that at least one pro-life
activist in each city subscribe to this magazine in order to keep up on
the cutting-edge anti-theology dished up by the fevered minds of the
There is at least one gem in each issue of Conscience that
could be published in local pro-life newsletters for laughs. Perhaps the
best recent example was provided in the November/December 1988 issue of
the publication, where a female author displayed the depths of RCAR's
schizophrenia when she griped that only 26% of the directors of diocesan
Respect Life offices are women!
A Common Characteristic.
Those who study logic know that the defense of an illogical position
will inevitably lead to contradictions and inconsistency. This is why
RCAR is maddeningly inconsistent, self-deceiving, and devious in its
positions, as demonstrated in every single piece of its literature.
One typical example is a little flyer entitled "Are You
Pro-Life? So Are We ...," which includes the following statements
that are representative of views that are the polar opposites of RCAR's
actions. Comments are in brackets.
• "[We] oppose efforts to enact into secular law one
particular religious doctrine on abortion or the beginning of
personhood" [yet RCAR insists that the nation adhere to their
Neoliberal religious view that personhood begins at birth];
• "[We] oppose legislation which fails to affirm women as
moral decision makers or limits the exercise of moral choices"
[yet RCAR supports the pro-abortion campaign to shut down every
anti-Crisis Pregnancy Center in the country];
• "[We] distribute accurate information on the medical,
social, legal, moral and religious factors underlying the abortion
issue" [yet RCAR battles any and all informed consent provisions
in the courts].
One of the most irritating (yet amusing) oxymorons of all is the
trite slogan 'prayerfully pro-choice,' which is the "brain"
child of the 'Religious' Coalition for Abortion Rights. The apparent
objective of this slogan is to convince the public that you can murder
your children and still be a 'good Christian.'
Pro-life activists have seen RCAR members pass out scores and even
hundreds of placards with this slogan on it to every pro-abort in sight
(including, presumably, a large percentage of atheists and anti-theists)
during major rescue missions and at pro-abortion rallies.
It is amusing indeed to see a person in bizarre clothing holding a
sign saying "PRAYERFULLY PRO-CHOICE," while blaspheming and
vividly cursing pro-lifers.
The Importance of Religion to Activists.
It is quite obvious to thinking activists on both sides of the
abortion fight that religion is far more important to pro-lifers than it
is to pro-aborts. After all, aren't the pro-abortionists the ones who
are always screaming "Keep your religion out of my
crotch," "Keep your rosaries off my ovaries,"
"curb your dogma," and calling us "Bible-beating
According to an April 13-16, 1989 New York Times/CBS poll of
1,412 adults, people become more pro-life as religion (and prayer)
becomes more important in their lives;
Religion's Importance to
"Extremely" or "very"
"Somewhat" or "not"
"Extremely" or "very"
"Somewhat" or "not"
Keep in mind also that many or most 'religious' pro-abort activists
are "children of a looser God;" their God is either some
artificial New Age conglomeration or a wimpy, fuzzy-wuzzy, feel-good
'Jesus' a 'mush god' who is too kind and nonjudgmental to ever send
anyone to Hell. Their ideal God is the 'Jesus' of Martin Scorcese's
"The Last Temptation of Christ," a confused and tortured
character who is deeply and obviously flawed, just like them.
The abortophiles rely upon Christ's mercy in this life; unfortunately
for them, they will have to face His justice in the next.
RCAR proudly lists 31 "major religious affiliates" in each
piece of its literature. At first glance, this seems to be an impressive
number. However, a closer look reveals that this number is liberally
padded with renegade splinter groups, duplicate organizations, and even
atheist "religions." Figure 80-1 is a complete listing of RCAR
MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS OF THE 'RELIGIOUS' COALITION FOR ABORTION RIGHTS
[A medium text size on your computer's 'view'
setting is recommended, otherwise, the tables may be discombobulated.]
(1) American Ethical
(2) American Ethical Union
(3) American Humanist
(usually composed of radical Neofeminists)
(4) B'nai B'rith
(5) Church of the Brethren Women's
(6) Episcopal Women's
(7) Pioneer Women/NA'AMAT
(8) Presbyterian Church,
(9) Presbyterian Church, Council on
Women and the
(10) National Council of Jewish
(11) Unitarian Universalist Women's
(12) Women's League for Conservative
(13) American Jewish
(14) Federation of Reconstructionist
(15) National Federation of Temple
(16) North American Federation of Temple
(17) Union of American Hebrew
(18) United Synagogues of
Pseudo-Religious Organizations and Subgroups
(19) Episcopal Urban
(20) Presbyterian Church, The Program
(21) Unitarian Universalist
(22) United Church of Christ, Board of
(23) Young Women's 'Christian'
(24) American Baptist Churches,
(25) Disciples of Christ (Christian
(27) United Church of
(28) United Methodist
TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF RCAR:
References. (1) "Organizations That
Have Taken a Position on Abortion Rights," Congressional Research
Service, The Library of Congress, HQ 780, October 22, 1985. (2) T.J.
Bosgra. "Abortion, the Bible, and the Church." Booklet from
Hawaii Right to Life Education Foundation, Post Office Box 10129,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816. (3) Bureau of the Census, United States
Department of Commerce. National Data Book and Guide to Sources, Statistical
Abstract of the United States. 1990 (110th Edition). Washington, DC:
United States Government Printing Office. Table 77, "Religious
Bodies Selected Data."
RCAR pushes raw chutzpah to the absolute limit by listing
predominantly atheist organizations in their pretty little brochures.
These groups include the American Humanist Association and two
committees of the American Ethical Union.
This fact confirms what conservative thinkers have known for some
time: That organized atheists often infiltrate religious organizations
in efforts to divide and subvert them.
It is revealing that these atheists do not even have to conceal their
identities because RCAR is so fundamentally inept and corrupt.
Neofeminist Splinter Groups.
Nine of RCAR's member groups are small bands of radical Neofeminists
who band together, bestow upon themselves grandiose and
official-sounding names, and promptly embrace the entire Neoliberal
agenda in the name of their church. The parent church, even if it is
pro-abortion to the hilt, wisely refuses to become entangled with such
an obviously disreputable organization, but the women's subgroup
deliberately gives the false impression that its entire church is a
member of RCAR.
RCAR also lists numerous extremely small splinter groups and renegade
organizations, whose combined membership represents about
one-tenth of one percent (or a thousandth) of the total churchgoing
population in this country. These theological toothpicks include B'nai
B'rith Women, the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and
Havurot, Pioneer Women of NA'AMAT, the YWCA, and the Episcopal Urban
Padding the Numbers.
RCAR lists multiple groups from single churches and counts each as a
"membership affiliation." This dishonest and deceptive
practice is commonly called "padding the numbers" in other
fields. For example, RCAR lists four groups under the Presbyterian
Church, three under the United Church of Christ, and two each under the
American Ethical Union, Episcopal Church, Unitarians, and United
Defections from the Radical Ranks.
Although RCAR is likely to hang on to all of its radical Neofeminist
groups, its mainline churches are beginning to wake up to the fact that
they have been hoodwinked into RCAR membership by deceptive Neofeminists.
These churches have adopted very loose moral standards and are therefore
dying because their membership is collapsing. They are, however, finally
beginning to wake up to the fact that only Scriptural churches will
survive, not quasi-religious social clubs.
In 1988 alone, RCAR's three largest members (comprising three-fourths
of its total membership) toughened their stances on abortion, and now
substantially disagree with RCAR's credo of unlimited abortion for any
• The United Methodist Church, once known as the "abortion
church," has become disturbed at the tidal wave of abortion
washing over our country. It stated its firm opposition to abortion
for birth control or gender selection (women on contraception obtain
half of all abortions).
• The Presbyterian Church, USA stated that abortion "should
not be used for convenience or to ease embarrassment or as a means of
birth control" (such convenience abortions account for 98 percent
of all baby-killing, as described in Chapter 87, "Statistics on
• The American Baptist Churches, USA denounced
"irresponsible sexual behavior," and stated that "As
American Baptists, we oppose abortion, as a means of avoiding
responsibility for conception, as a primary means of birth control
without regard for the far-reaching consequences of the act."
• The Episcopal Church (whose parent body is not a member of RCAR)
has stiffened its liberal pro-abortion stance, and now sanctions
abortions "... only in extreme situations. We emphatically oppose
abortion as a means of birth control, family planning, sex selection,
or any reason of mere convenience."
On of RCAR's primary arguments is that abortion must remain legal
because there is "no consensus of opinion on abortion."
Let's look at the definition of the word "consensus." The Webster's
New Collegiate Dictionary defines it as "judgement arrived at
by most of those concerned," or as "general agreement."
Therefore, let us summarize the total number of churchgoing people
who belong to RCAR member groups;
SUMMARY OF RCAR MEMBERSHIP
5 "mainline" Protestant
6 secular Jewish
Total American church membership
This summary shows that RCAR represents only 10 percent (or one out
of ten) of all churchgoing Americans. This means that 90 percent (nine
out of ten) Americans belong to churches that are not members of
Using the dictionary definition of "consensus" given above,
it is quite obvious that there is a religious consensus against
The fact that RCAR represents only 1/10th of the religious voice in
this country certainly qualifies it as a "small and vocal
RCAR's Prize Quislings
A Minuscule Group of Non-Catholics.
RCAR frequently tries to cloak itself with a thin veneer of
legitimacy by trotting out its prized trained puppies, the organization
that has named itself 'Catholics' for a Free Choice (CFFC). CFFC is to
the abortion-rights movement what the North American Man-Boy Love
Association is to the homosexual-rights movement: It is such an
obviously disreputable and spurious group that not even the liberal National
Catholic Reporter will accept its advertisements.
Rather like a maggot in rotting flesh, CFFC began its miserable
existence housed in the Washington, DC headquarters of the Planned
Parenthood Federation of America. The CFFC leadership consists of
such luminaries as ultraproabort Frances Kissling (rhymes with
quisling), called the "Cardinal of Choice" by her friends,
defrocked and married former priest Daniel Maguire, and several ex-nuns
who were thrown out of their orders.
The CFFC people, as do all Neoliberals, think that they are so noble
that they are exempt from the rules that govern mere mortals (the rest
of us). The circumstances of life are always "different" or
"too difficult" for them. They're special.
Just ask them.
Therefore, CFFC members naturally think that the Catholic Church
should bend its teachings to more closely conform to American culture.
But did Our Lord tell the Apostles to make exceptions to His teachings
to conform to local culture and practice? Of course not! If such
exceptions were made, there would be no call for repentance, and no need
for the Christian Church! After all, God did not say, "Thou shall
not kill except in America!"
Ultimately, of course, the Neofeminists in CFFC burrow away at the
structure of the Catholic Church, but have no intention of leaving it.
They need its structure, power, and resources. If they did leave, their
platform would disappear, the press would forget them, and they would
eventually vanish screaming into the void as a forgotten, shrill fringe
group. They are vampiric parasites, greedily feeding on their host while
actively sucking away its vitality.
CFFC calls itself 'pro-choice,' of course, but in reality is as
pro-abortion as a group can possibly get. It has even opposed giving
women factual biological information on preborn children, asserting that
such constitutes a "... propaganda tool for the anti-abortion
position." It has even referred to abortion as a "sacred"
Marjorie Maguire, showing utter contempt for the precepts of the
Church, has stated that; "The voice of the officers of the Catholic
Church on reproductive matters speaks to me of a materialistic God ...
whose greatest joy comes from playing cruel reproductive tricks on women
and watching them squirm."
What mindless lunacy! Maguire's statement about "cruel
reproductive tricks" conjures up a vision of God somehow 'zapping'
women into being pregnant at random, while insanely laughing the whole
time. This is typical of RCAR and CFFC: Everyone else is at fault, but
they disown any and all responsibility for their own sexual
Every Catholic knows (or should know) that abortion is an
The Truth, Please.
The position of the Catholic Church on abortion could not be clearer.
Only a person who is willfully blinding himself or herself to the facts
could make the ridiculous claim that there is 'room for a diversity of
opinion' within the Catholic Church on abortion.
The church not only does not want to change its teaching on
abortion it absolutely cannot change its teaching, because this
critical issue deals with fundamental questions of faith, morals, and
Those 'Catholic' abortophiles who are waiting for a change will be
waiting for a very long time indeed.
Canon 2350, promulgated in 1917, states that all who procure abortion
shall be automatically excommunicated.
Canon Law Number 1398 states, quite simply, in Latin and English;
Qui abortum procurat, effectu secuto, in excommunicationem, latae
"Those who successfully abort a living human fetus bring on
themselves instant excommunication."
Abortum procurat means anyone who works to kill a human fetus in
any manner at all. This may be the boyfriend or husband who drives the
mother to the abortion mill, pays for the abortion in full or in part,
or even advises that abortion may be an option in her case.
Latae sententiae means that the person brings instant
excommunication upon themselves with their act. No solemn pronouncement
need be made by the Church or a Bishop or priest, and no one else need
even know about the abortion. For automatic excommunication to take
place, the woman must know that she is pregnant and must freely
choose abortion. At the moment the woman's child dies, she is cut
off from all the Sacraments completely, and cannot return unless she
sincerely repents and makes a good confession. This sanction also
applies to the abortionist, attending nurse or counselor, and anyone
else who assists in the abortion. This is why Mary Ann Sorrentino, a
"Catholic" who administered a Planned Parenthood abortuary in
Rhode Island, was publicly informed of her excommunication. Keep in mind
that Rome or the Bishop did not excommunicate her, nor did any priest;
she excommunicated herself.
It is important to note here that the woman must be fully
knowledgeable of her act. She may using the birth control pill,
intra-uterine device (IUD), NORPLANT, or some other abortifacient. Since
many women are completely unaware of the abortifacient effects of these
devices and drugs, they would not generally be liable to
Effectu secuto means that the excommunication takes place only if
the abortion is completed.
In spite of this crystal-clear teaching, a 'Catholics' for a Free
Choice brochure entitled "You Are Not Alone" asserts that;
"If you carefully examine your conscience and then decide that an
abortion is the most moral act you can do at this time, you're not
committing a sin. Therefore, you're not excommunicated. Nor need you
tell it in confession since, in your case, abortion is not a sin."
Isn't that special? Now, if you are a man who decides that "Rape
is the most moral act you can do at this time," you're OK too.
Its Membership and Funding.
Before being embarrassed into becoming a non-membership group, CFFC
'boasted' about 3,500 members, or less than 1/10,000 of the total
Catholic church membership of 55 million. Yet RCAR does not mention the
99.99+ percent of Catholics who are not members of 'Catholics'
for a Free Choice.
It is very interesting that CFFC derives only about $5,000 annually
from its $15 dues. This means that it has an actual paying membership of
about 300. The vast majority of its quarter-million dollar budget is
extracted from organizations whose philosophies directly contradict
those of the Catholic Church.
For example, CFFC's biggest source of funds is the Sunnen Foundation,
which manufactures Emko contraceptive foam and which poured money into
funding the litigation that led to the Roe v. Wade decision.
Sunnen's director has labeled the Catholic Church as "detrimental
to the world," and has demanded that the Church should be forced
by law to change its beliefs regarding abortion (more good
What better way to undermine the moral teachings of this
"detriment" than to fund loud CFFC stooges?
CFFC is also heavily funded by the Brush Foundation, founded by a
eugenicist friend of Margaret Sanger, and the Ford Foundation, which
donates more than $10 million annually to pro-abortion population
Most interestingly, the Playboy Foundation has poured tens of
thousands of dollars into CFFC coffers.
Joseph O'Rourke, an early CFFC activist, revealed the real reason
that the organization even exists: "CFFC really was just kept alive
for years because the mainline pro-choice movement wanted a Catholic
Mission: To Neutralize the Catholic Church.
CFFC mirrors the broader mission of its parent organization, RCAR, by
attempting to disable the most dangerous potential opponent to abortion
"rights" in America: The Roman Catholic Church.
Frances Kissling, director of CFFC, summarized the group's mission
when she said that "What we are doing is telling Catholics they can
no longer remain silent. It's essentially time to tell the bishops to
get out of this."
To this end, CFFC organized and funded the (in)famous October 7, 1984
New York Times advertisement entitled "A Catholic Statement
on Pluralism and Abortion." All but four CFFC members later
recanted their positions publicly, thereby displaying for all to see the
shallowness of their courage and commitment to abortion
CFFC is certainly not above ridiculing the beliefs of the Church it
so loudly insists that it represents. For example, its first public act
was to crown Patricia McQuillan, the local National Organization for
Women (NOW) chapter head, as "Her Holiness Pope Patricia the
First" on the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
This act was to celebrate the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe
v. Wade decision.
This was a significant victory for CFFC, because the Catholic Church
(with the notable exception of the New York Archdiocese) did not react
in the slightest. When the rank-and-file membership of the Church sees
various fools ridiculing its beliefs with impunity, they begin to wonder
how committed the Bishops are to their teaching authority, and this
attitude contributes to the paralysis of the laity regarding abortion
and other critical matters involving sexual ethics artificial
contraception, divorce, and homosexuality, to name a few.
Are They Even Catholic?
CFFC members claim with straight faces that they are "Catholics
in good standing," while simultaneously ignoring teachings of the
Church that do not fit in with their lifestyles.
Imagine, if you will, a person who joins the Army and then chooses
what regulations to follow (only the easy ones), and which he will not
follow (because they are personally distasteful to him). This person
does not wear the uniform (too conformist), will not salute officers
(too slavish), and detests manual labor and work details. This person
also refuses to even touch a gun because he is a pacifist.
How long would this person last in the Army? Not very long, because
he would be immediately court-martialled and jailed or discharged! The
same is true of members of 'Catholics' for a Free Choice. Many or most
of them are former Catholic women who have had abortions themselves and
have thus excommunicated themselves. Instead of repenting and returning
to the Sacraments, these women stupidly insist that the Church is
wrong and they are right!
Talk about the essence of arrogance!
They are driven by guilt and hate to band together with others of
their contemptible ilk to try to bury their feelings in pro-abortion
Since these CFFC members have been excommunicated from the Church,
they have absolutely no right or authority to tell real Catholics
how they should think and act.
For further information on the automatic excommunication of those who
have procured or assisted in abortion, see Chapter 43, "Catholic
Church Position on Abortion."
Catholics or Witches?
CFFC has never in the slightest way resembled anything Catholic. The
group likes to chant "If men became pregnant, abortion would be a
sacrament." In support of this drivel, CFFC has already made
abortion into a witchcraft-like 'sacrament!' A CFFC brochure entitled
"You Are Not Alone" includes two 'liturgies' for women who are
going to kill their children;
• The first 'liturgy' is designed to make a woman feel good about
the inevitable decision to abort (and there, of course, IS no
question that she will abort, none at all). She is to play some
soothing background music and "light a candle, absorb its power,
and pray." Then she must imagine herself in ten years (a) with a
child and (b) without a child. Then she talks about her feelings with
an assistant and sings a song entitled "i found god in
myself." Then she does something "nice for herself"
after the exhausting ordeal of deciding to abort.
• Then, of course, there is a 'liturgy' for all of those Good
Catholic Women who decide that abortion is the Most Moral Thing For
Them To Do. The 'liturgy' "affirms that a woman has made a good
and holy decision [to abort]." Then the 'celebrant' and her
friends chant the following stomach-turning, self-indulgent prayer;
"Praised be you, Mother and Father God, that you have given your
people the power of choice. We are saddened that the life
circumstances of (aborting woman's name) are such that she has had to
choose to terminate her pregnancy. We affirm her and support her in
The 'celebrants' at the 'liturgy' may express their 'sorrow' by
"sprinkling flower petals, or sharing dried flowers."
Perhaps a small vial of crocodile tears, obtained at the nearest
Wicca outlet, would be more appropriate?
It is significant indeed that CFFC doesn't bother to include a
'liturgy' for women who decide to keep their babies. This, after all, is
the essence of 'pro-choice' there is really only one choice, and that is
Frances Kissling: "Cardinal of Death."
Frances Kissling is the longtime director of 'Catholics' for a Free
Choice, and this position suits her morality and theology perfectly. No
more ideal person could possibly be found to direct CFFC.
Kissling, who likes to mention her background as a nun (conveniently
'forgetting' to mention that she quit the Sisters of St. Joseph after
only six months), boasts about shacking up with men, states that she
would have an abortion if she got pregnant, and says that she was
neutered in 1978 (the Catholic Church also teaches that sterilization is
a mortal sin).
She co-founded the National Abortion Federation (NAF, the
abortionist's trade union) and worked as a highly-placed official of the
International Projects Assistant Services, whose specialty is subverting
the law in foreign countries and setting up illegal abortion clinics in
contravention to local beliefs and customs.
Kissling also helped establish illegal abortion clinics in Mexico and
Italy, and directed two New York abortion mills (the Eastern Women's
Center and the Pelham Medical Group, which, she boasts, killed 13,000
unborn babies every year) during the time period 1970 to 1973. These
acts automatically excommunicated her, just as Mary Ann Sorrentino was
thrown out of the Church for running a Rhode Island Planned Parenthood
Kissling, by her wide range of pro-abortion actions, has committed
enough grave sin to excommunicate herself a thousand times. She starkly
revealed her totally pro-abortion worldview and her hatred of the Church
she claims as her own when she said "The Catholic religion makes
the fetus into an icon, a figure of religious veneration, which I think
is sick, really sick."
Despite the fact that sexual behavior is mentioned in Scripture more
than any other kind of behavior, Kissling blindly asserted that "I
don't think God cares very much about our sexual activity."
Yes, Kissling is the perfect director for CFFC.
Typical CFFC Propaganda.
CFFC fully lives down to the incredibly low standards set for it by
RCAR. Nowhere is this more apparent than in its propaganda.
The utility of a "Catholic" front organization for
pornographers and abortionists is obvious. The propaganda is laughable
to one who is familiar with the issues, but may be persuasive to the
average (or unthinking) Catholic.
For example, defrocked priest Daniel Maguire wrote an astonishingly
bald essay entitled "A Catholic Theologian Visits an Abortion
Clinic," which appeared in the December 1984 issue of Ms.
Magazine. This rote piece described how terribly frightening and violent
abortion protesters were, how lovely and caring all abortion clinic
workers are, and how the dismembered baby he held in his hands was
"... not a person or a candidate for baptism." Every woman who
gets an abortion is liberated by the act, and there is no such thing as
a dead baby. This essay is so obvious in its intent that is has been
reproduced and distributed by virtually every major pro-life group in
the country as a teaching tool about pro-abortion propaganda, and
several pro-lifers have written parodies of it.
Kissling, her in best "Abortion Is Not The Issue" style,
summed up the CFFC position (which is identical for all
pro-abortion groups), when she said (drum roll, please); "It's not
the abortion issue that's at question. The question is: How do we get
the Church to acknowledge that women can be trusted to make good
decisions? That is what we are trying to do on the abortion issue, to
CFFC, being composed of typical pro-aborts, finds it quite easy to
use lies and distortions. One of its flyers trumpets;
CFFC IS THE VOICE OF THE 77% OF AMERICAN CATHOLICS WHO BELIEVE IN
Anyone who sees this unexplained statement assumes that 77% of all
American Catholics believe in abortion as it is, i.e., no restrictions
whatever. But what CFFC leaves out is that the 1980 Gallup Poll referred
to by the asterisk (*) breaks down as follows;
* 23% of all American Catholics believe that abortion is wrong,
even to save the life of the mother, and
* 77% of all American Catholics are distributed among all other
attitudes, i.e., a single exception for the life of the mother;
another exception for rape and incest, or all the way to no
In other words, if you are a Catholic pro-lifer who believes that
abortion should be allowed only to save the life of the mother (as most
pro-lifers do), then you are among the "77% of American Catholics
who believe in abortion rights!"
This would mean that even the Pope is 'pro-choice!'
The above Gallup Poll is flawed in that it includes many Catholics
who do not even practice their faith so-called "cafeteria
A more comprehensive poll of more than 12,000 American Catholics who do
practice their faith, performed by Thomas Sweetser, S.J., showed the true
Catholic position toward abortion;
* 61% believe abortion should be illegal;
* 25% were unsure or said it depends on the circumstances; and
* a mere 10% said abortion should be legal under all circumstances.
Of course, CFFC's (in)famous $32,000 New York Times
advertisement proclaiming that Good Catholics Can Still Choose Abortion
was filled with the usual tissue of lies and misinformation. The ad
stated that Catholic theologians stood for a variety of positions
regarding abortion. CFFC surveyed 2,000 Catholic scholars and
theologians. The results of its own poll shows that the CFFC-style
pro-aborts are a tiny minority;
RESULTS OF THE CFFC ABORTION POLL OF CATHOLIC SCHOLARS AND
Abortion as it legally stands
Other answers or 'not
Reference: Pete Sheehan. "'Pro-Choice
Catholics:' What Do They Want?" Catholic Twin Circle, June
25, 1989, pages 4 to 9.
Once again, CFFC's own polls show it to be in a tiny minority:
In this case, only six percent!
Using Force to Compel Support.
The members of RCAR and CFFC are typical pro-abortionists. They
prattle endlessly on about conscience and 'freedom to choose,' but when
it comes right down to it, they are simply dictators who want to force
everyone else to support abortion. It is not enough that their opponents
be reduced to sullen, glowering silence they must be forced to applaud
and support abortion wholeheartedly!
Why else would RCAR and CFFC demand total public funding of abortion?
Sometimes the actions taken by these groups goes far beyond what is
reasonable or decent by any standards, and descends to the level of
trying to coerce real Christians into actually working for them. Such an
incident recently occurred in Vermont, and details came to light during
the litigation Paquette v. Regal Art Press.
In early 1990, a Vermont Catholic couple who ran a private printing
press, Regal Art, refused to print membership forms for the state
chapter of 'Catholics' for a Free Choice (CFFC). Chuck and Susan Baker
said that they refused because CFFC lies about Catholic teaching
regarding abortion and contraception.
Linda Paquette, a member of Vermont CFFC (VCFC), whimpered that she
was "bewildered" by the Bakers' refusal, since VCFC
"promotes freedom of conscience" and
Paquette could easily have taken her business to any other printer,
but she was apparently driven to punish the Bakers because they were
pro-life. Hypocritically ignoring the Bakers' "freedom of
conscience," Paquette, showing a complete lack of
"tolerance," complained to the Vermont Human Rights
Commission, which threatened the Bakers with a $10,000 fine and a
lawsuit for compensatory and punitive damages. The charge?
The Commission's Investigative Report of July 11, 1990 found that
businesses " ... cannot deny services to individuals based on
religious doctrine ... even if the result has the effect of curtailing
the ... free exercise of the owner's religious beliefs."
Perhaps most incredibly, the Vermont chapter of the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU), which alleges that it champions free speech,
agreed to prosecute the Bakers for exercising their 'freedom to
Note that this couple ran a private printing press. They
received no government money, and were not a tax-deductible charity. In
other words, they were a private small business but they were being forced
into printing material that violated their religious beliefs!
This silliness leads one to speculate what action the Vermont Human
Rights Commission would take if a Jewish printer refused to print flyers
for the White Aryan Resistance or for any other overtly racist group.
The answer to that question should be obvious.
The Religious Coalition
for Babies' Rights.
Naturally, RCAR wants the public to be totally ignorant of the
existence of the much larger body of pro-life church members, who could
be referred to as the Religious Coalition for Babies' Rights.
The church with the largest membership in the United States, the
Roman Catholic Church (54,800,000), opposes baby-killing for any reason.
Of the 13 major subdivisions of the Baptist Church, totalling about
6,500,000 members, only the American Baptist Church in the USA and the
tiny Seventh Day Baptist General Conference take a 'free choice'
position. And even the American Baptists are now backing away from 'free
Of the 10 major subdivisions of the Lutheran Church, seven are
totally opposed to baby-killing, one allows abortion to save the life of
the mother, one takes no position on the issue, and one allows abortion
RCAR forgets to mention that the Amish, the Apostolic Christian
Church of America, the Evangelical Free Church of America, Islam,
Jehovah's Witnesses, the Rabbinical Alliance of America, Rabbinical
Council of America, the United Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and
Canada, and more than 100 other major denominations are totally opposed
to abortion for even rape and incest, as shown in the summary figures of
Chapter 42, "Church Positions on Abortion." As far as RCAR is
concerned, all of these churches don't exist in their bloody, untidy
The comparison between the sizes of the active memberships of
pro-abortion churches and pro-life churches are depicted in Figure 80-2.
SUMMARY OF UNITED STATES CHURCH ORGANIZATION POSITIONS REGARDING
Position Regarding Abortion
Pro-life (exception for
Pro-life (exceptions for mother's
life and rape and
Totals for pro-life
TOTALS: ALL CHURCH
NOTES. This table summarizes the
information contained in Figures 42-4, 42-5, and 42-6 of Chapter 42,
"Church Positions on Abortion." The definition of "church
membership" follows United States Census Bureau parameters.
Membership in Christian churches is defined as all adults and children
and the estimated number of other regular participants who are not
considered as confirmed or full members. Estimates of Jewish memberships
are generally made by local Jewish federations, and are usually made by
multiplying the number of member families by the average family size,
and therefore may include some non-Jews who are family members.
The pro-abortionists are constantly waving their bogus public opinion
polls in our faces and telling us that, since a majority of Americans
favor abortion, the issue is settled: Abortion is right and moral.
If we apply this same logic to the positions of religious
denominations regarding abortion, the pro-abortion churches turn out to
be just a "small and vocal minority." Figure 80-2 shows that
pro-aborts constitute only about one-fifth of all churchgoers. And RCAR
represents about one tenth of all churchgoers!
Therefore, in the religious realm at least, the issue is settled:
Abortion is wrong and immoral to followers of the Old and New Testament
Of course, the RCAR's member groups almost universally also support
the 'freedom to choose' homosexuality, adultery, and fornication, all of
which are explicitly condemned in Scripture. Many RCAR members insist
that "God doesn't care about our sexuality," despite literally
hundreds of Bible quotations to the contrary. In fact, the RCAR
philosophy is generally so far removed from Christianity that it
represents more of a quasi-Buddhist pseudo-religion.
Whatever dogma RCAR clings to, it certainly isn't Christianity.
For more detailed information on the positions of the 185 major
American churches on abortion, see Chapter 42, "Church Positions on
RCAR: Partners With Pornographers.
It is interesting indeed that the 'Religious' Coalition for Abortion
Rights has accepted large sums of money from the Playboy Foundation.
This fact has been confirmed by Ellen Kirby, Assistant General
Secretary, Section of Christian Social Relations, Women's Division of
the United Methodist Church, in a March 1986 letter to the National
Federation for Decency.
The amount given to RCAR by porn kings was at least $15,000 in
1983. It is curious that a group that boasts of 'standing up for
women's rights' would accept money from Hugh Hefner, whose life and
fortune are based entirely upon exploiting and degrading women.
But perhaps we should not be so hasty in condemning RCAR for
accepting money from pornographers. After all, there is more consistency
here than first meets the eye. Does not abortion exploit and degrade
women as well?
When questioned about this funding, Frances Kissling, executive
director of 'Catholics' for a Free Choice, caused chuckles all over the
country with her unintentional humor. She said that "I've never
felt that by taking money from someone indicates that we support
them." However, she stated that CFFC would never accept money from Hustler
magazine, because, as she put it, "There are boundaries of good
Indeed there are, and RCAR and CFFC dwell permanently beyond them.
Perhaps the publishers of Hustler magazine did not want to
degrade their images by offering money to RCAR and CFFC.
RCAR's Former Logo.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of RCAR is its former trademark,
a juxtaposition of the Menorah and the Christian cross, purportedly
symbolizing "The unity of purpose of the Coalition." The
organization's former logo (used in all of RCAR's publications until it
was wisely streamlined in 1991), rests on three vertical bars that,
inappropriately for RCAR, allegedly represent an "active
Look closely at this symbol, and you will see at the very heart of it
A SWASTIKA. Such symbolism for a tiny bunch of loud renegades who
are dedicated to perpetuating the New Holocaust could not be more
FORMER LOGO OF THE 'RELIGIOUS' COALITION FOR ABORTION RIGHTS
LOGO NOT AVAILABLE
References: 'Religious' Coalition for Abortion Rights.
 Master Chinese strategist Sun Tzu, c. 500 B.C. The Art of War
(New York: Oxford University Press, 1973). Also quoted in New
Dimensions Magazine, June 1990, page 50.
 Janet B. Carroll. "Catholic Colleges, Hospitals Should Fund
Abortions, Says RCAR." National Right to Life News, April
30, 1987, page 13.
 Virginia Ramey Mollenkott. "Respecting the Moral Agency of
Women." Propaganda issued as an "Educational Pamphlet" by
the 'Religious' Coalition for Abortion Rights.
 "All Work and No Say: A Bishop's Watch Report on Women's
Employment in U.S. Catholic Dioceses." Conscience,
November/December 1988, page 13.
 This study is explained in Jack Willke, M.D. "Capital
Punishment." National Right to Life News, August 8, 1985,
page 3. Also see "Opposition to Abortion Rises with Religious
Commitment." The Wanderer, May 18, 1989, page 2.
 Mary Meehan. "CFFC Membership is Nil." National
Catholic Register, May 4, 1986.
 William McGurn. "Catholics & 'Free Choice.'" National
Catholic Register, February 14, 1982, pages 2 and 6.
 Richard Doerflinger. "Who Are Catholics for a Free
Choice?" America Magazine, November 16, 1985. Attractive
four-page reprints of this excellent and comprehensive article, suitable
for mass distribution, can be obtained from the Catholic League for
Religious and Civil Rights, 1100 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 Phyllis Zagano. "The Limits of Choice." National
Catholic Register, October 12, 1986.
 1979 letter to Michael Schwartz of the Catholic League for
Religious and Civil Rights, 1100 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 Mary Meehan. "Foundation Power." Human Life Review,
Fall 1984, pages 42 to 60..
 Peggy Simpson. "The Gathering Storm: Politics." Ms.
Magazine, April 1989, page 88.
 Mary Meehan. "How Can They Be Called Catholic?" National
Catholic Register, November 19, 1989, page 5.
 Ron Brackin. "'Sister' Frances Kissling: Cardinal of
Death." Liberty Report, January 1987.
 Mary Meehan. "Kissling Speaks Frankly About Past
Activism." National Catholic Register, September 7, 1986.
 Free Speech Advocates fundraising letter of September 1990 and
"Pro-Life Printers Wage Battle of Conscience." Free Speech
Advocates newsletter, New Hope, Kentucky, January 1991, pages 2 and 3.
 "United Methodist Women's Division Representative Clarifies
Support of Abortion Rights Group." National Federation for Decency Journal,
April 1986, page 6.
 Frances Kissling, quoted in "Playboy Funds
Pro-Abortion Group." National Federation for Decency Journal,
February 1985, page 16.
Further Reading: 'Religious' Coalition for Abortion Rights.
Roy Howard Beck. On Thin Ice.
Order from Bristol Books, Box 150, Wilmore, Kentucky 40390,
telephone 1-800-451-READ. This book uncovers the means and tactics that
the liberals have used to undermine and paralyze the mainline churches
and, even worse, perverted them so completely that some of them embrace
the entire left-wing agenda. Particular attention is lavished upon the
National Council of Churches (NCC).
Paul B. Fowler. Abortion: Toward an Evangelical Consensus.
Portland: Multnomah Press, 1987. 222 pages. Reviewed by John
Jefferson Davis on page 5 of the May 14, 1987 National Right to Life
News. The author traces the roots and social forces that decimated
the Christian consensus against abortion before Roe v. Wade, and
argues against the statement that the unborn are only 'potential
persons.' The best part of the book is a comprehensive examination of
what Scripture says about life, death, and the unborn. Mr. Fowler also
challenges all Christians to do what they can to end the abortion
Beverly Wildung Harrison. Our Right to Choose: Toward a New
Ethic of Abortion.
Beacon Press, 1983. 334 pages. Reviewed by Mary Meehan on pages 5
and 9 of the November 24, 1983 issue of National Right to Life News.
The author, a self-styled "Christian woman," shows us just how
far self-deception can be carried as she advocates third-trimester
abortions and other atrocities. There is nothing "new" about
this 'ethic;' pro-life activists recognize it as the eternal black cloud
of death and self-centeredness that has surrounded the anti-life
philosophy and those enslaved by it since the beginning of time. This
book is good for reading if one is interested in how anti-life
Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon. The Seduction of Christianity:
Spiritual Discernment in the Last Days.
Order from Harvest House, 1075 Arrowsmith, Eugene, Oregon 97402,
telephone: 1-800-547-8979. Reviewed on page 5 of the May/June 1986 issue
of the National Federation for Decency Journal. The New Age is
just the old paganism repackaged, and now it is invading the churches!
It has gotten so bad that some people don't know what Christianity even
is anymore. Read about the subtle compromises made by Church leaders and
their practice of New Age beliefs in the place of real Christianity. The
book describes some of these practices, including holistic healing,
inner healing, positive thinking exercises, and many others. A very
controversial book, but highly recommended by many true Christian
Institute on Religion and Democracy.
Those Christians who are fed up with the decaying Humanism being
dished out by their churches will be glad to hear that there exists a
clearinghouse dealing with information on national and local Protestant
and other renewal groups, including United Methodist Good News,
Presbyterian Lay Committee, and Episcopal Renewal Ministries. Write to;
Institute on Religion and Democracy, 1331 H Street NW, Suite 900,
Washington, DC 20005.
Bernard M. Nathanson, M.D. The Abortion Papers: Inside the
Idea Books, Post Office Box 4010, Madison, Wisconsin 53711. 1985,
192 pages. Reviewed by Nancy Koster on page 6 of the November 24, 1983
issue of National Right to Life News. A former prolific
abortionist exposes the anti-Catholic bigotry of the pro-abortion
movement, discusses the role of the blatantly biased media in obtaining
abortion on demand, and explores what the science of fetology has
revealed about the unborn child. This enjoyable book is written in
George Will's wry and acerbic style. Dr. Nathanson is one of the
co-founders of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL).
Chapter 3, "Catholics," pages 177 to 209, describes in detail
how NARAL used blatant anti-Catholic bigotry to push liberalized
abortion laws and undermine the teachings of the Church. Other examples
of NARAL skulduggery abound in this book. For example, NARAL asserted to
the state of Massachusetts that pro-life groups have no right to endorse
pro-life candidates, even if the groups are not tax-exempt. In the
ensuing lawsuit, FEC v. Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Inc.,
the right to distribute such literature was upheld. This is typical of
the harassment lawsuits brought by NARAL and others when any pro-life
efforts are in progress. Pro-aborts almost never spend money themselves,
but get a government entity to go after pro-life activists. Also see
Chapter 1, "Abortion and the Media," pages 7 to 109, and
Chapter 2, "Fetology for Pro-Life," pages 111 to 175. Chapter
2 consists of a detailed and interesting history of fetology in the
Father William Oddie. What Will Happen to God?
(Feminism and the Reconstruction of Christian Belief). 180 pages.
Order from: Ignatius Press, 15 Oakland Avenue, Harrison, New York 10528,
telephone: 1-800-528-0559. The Neofeminists are striving to eliminate
from all church documents and prayers what they consider to be
"sexist" language. Father Oddie exposes the fallacies of this
goal, and shows what will happen if we allow radical feminism to
continue to dictate to the Church. The elimination of so-called
"sexist" language is only the beginning!
'Religious' Coalition for Abortion Rights.
To obtain excellent examples of subtle propaganda created by masters
of infiltration, subversion, and confusion, write to the 'Religious'
Coalition for Abortion Rights. Request a catalog from RCAR, 100 Maryland
Boulevard NE, Washington, DC 20002, and ask for sample literature.
Donna Steichen. Ungodly Rage: The Hidden Face of Catholic
Ignatius Press, San Francisco. 1991, 413 pages. A very detailed and
absorbing account of how the Roman Catholic Church in the United States
has been infiltrated and subverted by Neoliberals and Neofeminists for
the express purpose of blunting its effectiveness in its reaction to
evils such as divorce, abortion, and euthanasia.
Dietrich von Hildebrand. The Devastated Vineyard.
Order from Keep the Faith, 810 Belmont Avenue, Post Office Box 8261,
North Haledon, New Jersey 07508, telephone: (201) 423-5395. The author
describes in harrowing detail the destruction of the Roman Catholic
Church in America and in Europe, and the methods of infiltration and
subversion now being used to confuse and paralyze all conservative
Christian churches in our country today.
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