The Hypothetical World and the Catholic Church

Tim Moyle has the latest anti-abortion screed over at Holy Post. It’s an exemplar of the Catholic Church’s way of thinking. Take a position and never change your mind no matter what new information comes to light, or apologize 400 years later.

The piece goes on to say:

Yet [anti-abortioners] do not stop. Indeed they believe that they cannot quit trying to inculcate what Pope John Paul II called a “culture of life.” For them, the issue of abortion is not a question of choice; it is a matter of life and death. Just as William Wilberforce was indefatigable in his crusade to end slavery in the early 19th century, spurred on by his moral conviction that change would eventually come, so too are the partisans of the anti-abortion movement inspired to continue their efforts for that they see as an equally righteous cause on behalf of the most vulnerable in society, the unborn.

The “culture of life”? In the Catholic Church? Is this not the same organization that spreads lies about condoms in the fight AIDS and HIV causing more infections? The same organization that condemns parents for using in vitro fertilization and deeming such children to not be fully human? A process that has created 4 million new lives on this planet. (And somehow, for going through such a process you are deemed selfish. While the result of a broken prophylactic and a drunken gropefest is deemed better.) I could go on indefinitely.

The analogy is also completely off. Slavery was the standard and no longer is. Abortion was not the standard, and in some countries is still not the standard.

If you’re going to be mad at someone for abortions, maybe you should take note that up to 50% of pregnancies end in miscarriage and large portions of these the mother is unaware that she’s pregnant.

Moyle continues:

We also fight for cause of life because those promoting abortion and euthanasia are a threat to all citizens. Do not think for a moment that in this “culture of death” the disabled, the sick and the dying will not lose their status as full human beings.

You mean in the same way in vitro children lose their status as full human beings? Abortion has been legal in Canada since in 1969, and in 1988, it became completely unrestricted. The number of abortions per year has been decreasing since 1998. If abortion is banned, women will lose their full human status as well. But this doesn’t seem to bother the anti-abortion movement.

Euthanasia is not legal in many parts of the world but the areas where it is legal the life expectancy of the nation or state is at least in the high 70’s to 80’s. (See life expectancy based on country and US States, and legality of euthanasia.) So in these cultures of death we have some of the highest life expectancies in the world. Whereas, in countries that have high restrictions on abortion there is a low life expectancy and high gender gap. Now of course, correlation does not imply causation. However, abortion rights and respect for women both legally and socially are undoubtably linked.

But the Catholic Church not understanding reality is a shock to no one. This is one of the major problems of living in a hypothetical world where you ignore the consequences of your decisions.

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1 Response to The Hypothetical World and the Catholic Church

  1. extro1 says:

    Good article. “But the Catholic Church not understanding reality is a shock to no one” Well put, only a shock to themselves and their followers when reality catches up with them and they need an abortion or die.

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