"Believing in Abortion Any Catholic who obstinately denies that abortion is always gravely immoral commits the sin of heresy. The sin of heresy also incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.(The act in itself.) Unfortunately, some Catholics obstinately deny that abortion is always immoral, and some Catholics claim that abortion can, at times, be a morally-acceptable choice, and some Catholics claim that a person can, in good conscience, choose abortion. Under the Code of Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church, canons 751 and 1364, all such Catholics are automatically excommunicated for the sin of heresy. This sentence of latae sententiae excommunication applies to any Catholic who denies that abortion is gravely immoral, regardless of whether they keep this denial hidden or publicly reveal it. Promoting Abortion Those Catholics who publicly announce their denial that abortion is always gravely immoral, or who publicly promote abortion, or who publicly argue in favor of legalized abortion, also commit a mortal sin and also incur a sentence of automatic excommunication. This sentence of excommunication applies to Catholics who are politicians, as well as to those Catholics who are political commentators, or public speakers, or who write or otherwise publicly communicate their erroneous view that abortion can be morally-acceptable or that abortion should be legal. This sentence of excommunication also certainly applies to those Catholics who claim to be theologians or Biblical scholars, but who believe or teach that abortion is not always gravely immoral. Those Catholics who promote abortion are automatically excommunicated for two reasons. First, they have fallen into the sin of heresy by believing that abortion is not always gravely immoral (canons 751 and 1364). Second, these Catholics are providing substantial assistance for women to obtain abortions by influencing public policy to make abortions legal, and to keep abortions legal, and to broaden access to abortion. Those who provide such substantial assistance commit a mortal sin and incur a sentence of automatic excommunication (canon 1398). Voting for Abortion Any Catholic politician who casts a vote with the intention of legalizing abortion, or of protecting laws allowing abortion, or of widening access to abortion, commits a mortal sin. When such a vote indicates that the Catholic politician believes that abortion is not always gravely immoral, such a politician incurs a sentence of automatic excommunication, under canons 751 and 1364, because of heresy. When such a vote is intended to have the effect of making abortion legal, or more easily obtainable, or more widely available, such a politician incurs a sentence of automatic excommunication, under canon 1398, as someone who is attempting to provide substantial or essential means for women to obtain abortions. Catholic politicians who pass laws which legalize, protect, or widen access to abortion, are providing essential assistance to women who want to obtain abortions. It is not sufficient for Catholic politicians to claim that they are “personally opposed” to abortion. If any Catholic politician favors legalized abortion, despite a claim of personal opposition, such a politician commits a mortal sin by promoting abortion and by voting in favor of abortion. The same is true for any Catholic who casts any vote with the intention of legalizing abortion, or of protecting laws allowing abortion, or of widening access to abortion. Such a voter commits a mortal sin and incurs a sentence of automatic excommunication for two reasons. First, they are committing the sin of heresy by believing that abortion should be legal and available. Second, they are committing the grievous sin of providing women with substantial or essential assistance in obtaining abortions, by attempting to legalize or broaden access to abortion. However, if, for a period of time, Catholic politicians and voters are unable to enact a law prohibiting all abortion, then Catholic politicians and voters may in good conscience vote for whichever law offers the greatest restrictions and limits on abortion. Subsequently, Catholic politicians and voters are required by the moral law to continue to enact further restrictions and limits on abortion, to the greatest extent possible, and, at every possible opportunity, to vote for laws which completely outlaw abortion. Voting for Politicians In general, the moral law requires Catholic voters to vote for those candidates who oppose abortion over those who favor abortion. However, there are exceptions to this general principle. For example, if a political candidate favors abortion, but is a member of a party which generally opposes abortion, a Catholic voter may, in good conscience, vote for that candidate, with the intention of giving more political power to the party which opposes abortion. In another case, a Catholic voter might, in good conscience, vote for a pro-abortion candidate, if the political office would offer no opportunity for the elected candidate to vote for or against abortion. Even so, every Catholic voter should consider that anyone who supports abortion, as if it were a woman’s right, or as if it could ever be a moral choice, must necessarily be someone who has a seriously limited understanding of morality and justice. Such a person would not often be the better candidate for any office in place of one who understands that abortion is gravely immoral. In every case, a Catholic should vote in such a way as to obtain as many restrictions on abortion as possible, and so as to obtain the end to legalized abortion as soon as possible."Source: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2882772/posts Again,Ms Pelosi refers to herself as an ardent practicing Catholic and claims she has studied Church history for a long time. "Over the centuries the Doctors of the Church have not been able to make that definition." Wrong. The Church has always taught that life begins at conception.The Church has always taught that the Pope with the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church)is infallible in matters re faith and morals. Pelosi would not give it up and claimed this life begins at conception teaching had only come about in the last "50 yrs" and had always been a "controversial matter." We will look at various teachings of the Church in the near future but i would highly recommend that Ms Pelosi(and others) read Humanae Vitae and Evangelium Vitea. Human Life;the encyclical of Paul VI.The Gospel of life;the encyclical of Blessed John Paul II. Humanae Vitae(Human Life) http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae_en.html Evangelium Vitae(Gospel of Life) http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031995_evangelium-vitae_en.html Former Speaker Pelosi has also been speaking re Church teaching on same sex 'marriage'.“My religion has, compels me–and I love it for it–to be against discrimination of any kind in our country, and I consider this a form of discrimination." Again,Ms Pelosi mentions her love of the Church. She also says the Church is against discrimination. She IS actually correct in saying this. She would also be correct in saying the Catholic Church opposes discrimination against people with same sex attraction. Where Pelosi goes wrong is that opposing same sex relations and same sex 'marriage' is NOT discrimination by the Church. The Church opposes both.Same sex relations are considered sin and engaging in the same sex lifestyle is a grave moral matter. Opposing sin is not discrimination.It is what the Church is obligated to do and so are its members. The Catholic Church compels Ms Pelosi and other Catholics to support life and oppose sin especially when an administration clearly opposes what the Catholic Church actually teaches and can codify those gravely immoral acts into what they would dare call 'law.' We will also take up why the battle with Obama isn't over contraception. It's over freedom of conscience.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Pelsoi.How Does She Sleep?
Nancy Pelosi is so bound & determined to justify the Obama admin and her own pov that she's willing to lie about her own faith. She's either deliberately misrepresenting what the Church actually teaches and is so twisted that she has no problem doing it-OR she willfully just doesn't know. From what i've seen,heard and know she's doing this deliberately. She wants to find some way to justify the positions she takes. Let's take a look at some of her more memorable quotes. Even a NON CATHOLIC knows what the Church teaching is re these matters. "I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it…but they have this conscience thing...” She does realize that the Church has a teaching re conscience.She also seems to realize that it must be at odds with her positions. The teaching re conscience is essential to Catholic teaching. It has put the Obama admin and the Catholic Church on a collision course. The Church has taken the Obama admin to court over this very matter.A Catholic-and for that matter any person-has a moral obligation to follow their conscience.Let's be clear. Conscience and opinion are not the same thing. A Catholic has a moral obligation to FOLLOW the dictates of an honest,INFORMED conscience.Conscience can be misinformed and even dead. Nancy Pelosi is entitled to her opinions.However, when it comes to conscience she must be informed by the teachings of the faith she claims she's a devout practitioner of and that she honors and loves.In the end Ms Pelosi must obey and actually practice those teachings. Since she is a public figure and has some degree of power directly influencing policy she has an even greater responsibility. What she is doing is causing grave scandal, may be misleading others and is a direct participant in actions clearly against Church teaching. Let's take a look at the teaching re latae sententiae excommunication.