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Respond to U.S. Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi’s Misrepresentation of Catholic Teaching on Abortion
If you’ve been paying attention to the news this week, you can’t have
missed the justifiable furor by many U.S. bishops, Catholic leaders and
laity, and EWTN television and radio program hosts, over U.S. Speaker of
the House Nancy Pelosi’s statements about the Catholic Church’s teaching
Pelosi made her comments in an Aug. 24 interview with Tom Brokow on
“Meet the Press.” In case you somehow missed it, Brokow said that
Democratic Presidental Candidate Barack Obama had said that the question
of when life begins was “above his pay grade.” Brokow asked Pelosi if
she had an answer to this question.
Pelosi, who told Brokow she was “an ardent, practicing Catholic,”
incorrectly stated that the doctors of the Catholic Church had been
unable to make that distinction; and that it shouldn’t impact on a
woman’s right to choose. What follows are excerpts from some of the
Bishop’s statements as well as a link to what our own Father Mitch Pacwa
had to say. (For a complete transcript of the Bishop’s statements, and
Denver Archbishop Charles J.
Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop Chaput’s statement said, among other things, that “ardent,
practicing Catholics will quickly learn from the historical record that
from apostolic times, the Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that
abortion was grievously evil. In the absence of modern medical
knowledge, some of the Early Fathers held that abortion was homicide;
others that it was tantamount to homicide; and various scholars
theorized about when and how the unborn child might be animated or ‘ensouled.’
But none diminished the unique evil of abortion as an attack on life
itself, and the early Church closely associated abortion with
infanticide. In short, from the beginning, the believing Christian
community held that abortion was always, gravely wrong.”
New York Cardinal Edward Egan
“What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions
regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and
especially, utterly incredible in this day and age. ... Anyone who dares
to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human
being ‘chooses’ to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason
should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of
Fargo Bishop Samuel Aquila
“Catholics who support so-called abortion rights support a false right,
promote a culture of death, and are guided by the ‘father of lies’
rather than by the light and truth of Jesus Christ. Out of respect for
the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Church, any Catholic who supports
abortion rights has placed himself or herself outside of visible unity
with the Church and thus should refrain from receiving Holy Communion.
Catholics have a responsibility to study the teaching of the Church on
human life and when life begins. … I ask all of you in your
presentations, teaching, or preaching to state the truth of this
teaching in an unequivocal manner.”
Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan
“The teachings of the Church on abortion are consistent and unambiguous,
and it is very disturbing to hear someone who claims to be a Catholic
distort these teachings and sow seeds of confusion among the faithful by
attempting to relativize the right to life.
“There can be no compromise on this issue. ‘Formal cooperation in an
abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical
penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.’ (Catechism
of the Catholic Church 2272). ‘Those who are excommunicated . . . and
others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be
admitted to Holy Communion.’ (Code of Canon Law 915).
“Those Catholics who take a public stance in opposition to this most
fundamental moral teaching of the Church place themselves outside full
communion with the Church, and they should not present themselves for
the reception of Holy Communion.”
EWTN’s Father Mitch Pacwa also took up the subject Tuesday on his
show, “Threshold of Hope.”
“[J]ust because St. Augustine was not sure about when the soul, the
rational soul, was put into a human being,…that does not mean that you
may therefore conclude that you can kill the child. If you are ignorant
and you don’t know, then you go on the side of safety and protecting
rights. You don’t bomb a city where there might be a lot of civilians.
You don’t do that. You say, ‘Well, I’m not sure.’ Then, be on the side
of safety, protect the lives of the innocent, the non-combatants.
“The same with the unborn children. You must also go on the side of your
ignorance to say that ‘Then, if I don’t know, then I’ll protect all the
more. I don’t want to act while I’m ignorant.’”
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING FOR THE WEEK
MOTHER TERESA - THE LEGACY (1 hr.) An intimate presentation of the life, ministry, and spirituality of
Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Sat 8/30/08 8:00 PM ET & 5 PM PT
Sun 8/31/08 2:00 AM ET & 11 PM (Sat )
Thu 9/04/08 1:00 PM ET & 10 AM PT
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF FAMILY (
30 min. each) Father Wade Menezes offers practical advice for growing in holiness
as a family with a look at the nature, meaning, and purpose of marriage.
Part 1 - 5: Sept 1 - 5 at 6 PM ET & 3 PM PT
PASTORAL VISIT TO CAGLIARI: HOLY MASS ( 1 hr. LIVE) From the “Santuario Nostra Signora di Bonaria” in Cagliari, Italy,
Mass presided over by His Holiness Benedict XVI and recitation of the Angelus.
Sun 9/07/08 4:30 AM ET & 1:30 AM PT
EWTN LIVE SHOWS LIVE Shows allow viewers to
get involved via email and telephone. FRIDAY - AUGUST 29, 8PM
ET & 5PM PT
THE WORLD OVER
- Michael Novak SUNDAY - AUGUST 31, 7PM ET & 4PM
PT SUNDAY NIGHT: LIVE WITH FR. GROESCHEL - The Church and the World:
Dr. John Haldane MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 1, 8PM ET & 5PM
PT THE JOURNEY HOME
Angelica, Journey Home Anniversary Tape
TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 2, 7PM ET
& 4PM PT MOTHER ANGELICA LIVE CLASSIC -
Mother Teresa tribute TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 2, 10PM ET
& 7PM PT THRESHOLD OF HOPE WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 3, 8PM
ET & 5PM PT EWTN LIVE-Bishop Richard Garcia, Fray Juniper
Serra and the California missions
THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 4, 8PM ET
& 5PM PT LIFE ON THE ROCK - David
Higbee, Irenaeus Ministries
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EWTN BOOKMARK ST. PAUL - A BIBLE STUDY GUIDE FOR CATHOLICS
Fr. Mitch Pacwa
Join Fr. Mitch Pacwa and Doug Keck as they discuss a book written just in time
for the year devoted to the Apostle Paul. “St. Paul: A Bible Study Guide for
Catholics” is designed to familiarize Catholics with St. Paul’s writings.
Doug encourages individuals, small groups, and parishes to put this work to good
use, as a tool to learn more about St. Paul and his teachings on six of the
sacraments. Its concise study format and guide at the end of each chapter make
this a pleasurable assignment.