The Perils of Progressivism

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This timeline, along with these recent statistics, demonstrates that the eroding of family life in the United States is not something sudden, but rather the result of a gradual process of social change.

The events listed are not a random collection, but show a determined and coordinated decline of our culture, rooted in our changing understanding of sexuality, marriage and family, and even life itself (which is now a commodity, which can be engineered).

The link between contraception, abortion, and homosexuality itself can be demonstrated simply by examining the Supreme Court decisions concerning these issues, which in their opinions directly build one upon the other.

See the timeline

The Dangers of Hospice

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Every day, thousands of families have a loved one of theirs placed in hospice care, thinking that hospice is simply a place where elderly people die a comfortable, peaceful death. Days later, their loved one dies, and their family assumes that the person’s death was due to complications from an ailment they had, or just “natural causes”. But what they don’t know is that their loved one was murdered. And an unfortunate majority of others don’t realize it, either.

Hospice is a type of care that “cares” for elderly people who have illnesses. Their motive is to make the end of their life as peaceful as possible. Or at least, that’s what they say their motive is.

The reality is that hospice is actually a tool of the New World Order. Just as abortion kills unborn babies, hospice kills off old people, as a means of what is known as “population control”.

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The European Union, established for economic purposes, has, over the years, become clearly anti-Catholic…

Read the rest of the letter

Belgian Bioethics: First they kill you. Then they harvest your organs. And it’s all legal!

Imagine being a devalued person with a serious disability and come to believe your life isn’t worth anything, and in fact, worry that you are a burden, to realize that you could reverse the situation by being euthanized and harvested?   This is a emotional inducement to be killed, and as such, is extremely dangerous to the well-being of people with serious disabilities.

And it won’t stop there.  Just as I was right in my 1993 prediction, trust me on this: Coming next–paying people with serious disabilities to be killed and harvested, like Jack Kevorkian once advocated.  Utilitarian booster of such a course would argue that it saves society money on the costs of long term care, allow the disabled person the satisfaction of offering a benefit to society out of their personal tragedy, and leave a nice bundle for family, friends, or cause.  Win. Win. Win.

Once you accept the premise that there is such a thing as a life not worth living–to the point that killing is an acceptable answer to the problem–there aren’t many arguments left against such a regime. People with disabilities should be very alarmed.

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Catholic Voting Principles – Direction for an Informed Conscience


Although the Church does not specifically endorse candidates for which to vote, we are given moral principles to form our consciences and to guide us in order to comply with the teaching authority of the Church: Candidates and issues should first be evaluated on their opposition to the five moral issues about which there can be no compromise for faithful Catholics: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and homosexual “same-sex marriage.” The Church regards these as intrinsic evils and consideration of them takes highest priority.

Preferred candidates would be those that come closest to the defense of life and family on these issues. Afterwards, candidates can be evaluated regarding their stand on other important issues such as the economy, war, poverty, immigration, education, taxes, etc. Although these issues also have moral elements, they do not carry the same moral weight and priority as the fundamental life issues. Unfortunately, Catholics have often confused second order “social issues” with first order “moral issues.”

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The Five Non-Negotiables: For Catholics, some political issues are much more important than others.

Abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell experimentation, human cloning, and same-sex marriage have been called non-negotiable issues in certain Catholic circles.  Why?  Because they involve intrinsic evils that government can never legitimately authorize. They involve issues on which all Catholics are obliged, as Catholics, to agree.

Most other concerns—even very important ones such as capital punishment or the Iraq war—are subjects about which Catholics can legitimately disagree.

Not so with the five non-negotiable issues.   On these issues there is such a thing as the Catholic position, whether or not certain Catholics choose to embrace that position.

Cardinal Ratzinger made this point recently in connection with abortion and euthanasia on the one hand and capital punishment and war on the other.  In his letter, “Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion,” he set out general principles regarding reception of the Eucharist by those who support abortion rights and euthanasia.

Ratzinger wrote, “Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia.  For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage way, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion.  While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment.  There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.”

Given the nature of embryonic stem cell research and human cloning, the same absolute prohibition that applies to abortion and euthanasia applies to these things.  Likewise, Catholic teaching requires an absolute opposition to same-sex marriage.

Catholics have an obligation to form their consciences according to the teaching of the Church.  That teaching allows a wide range of conscientious judgments on a number of important, political issues.   Abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell experimentation, human cloning, and same-sex marriage are not among those issues.  On these subjects there is but a single legitimate “Catholic position.” When it comes to legal support for these issues, one can be Catholic or “prochoice,” but not Catholic and “prochoice.”

Read more from the Ignatius Press blog

Judy Brown writes about progressivism, euthanasia, death, and you


We are witnessing yet another historic shift in the social definition of a good death, a shift toward diversity. Imagine us respecting a range of attitudes with which, and situations in which, people die. In Montana, the terminally ill may now define their own terms for freedom from unbearable physical or psychological suffering, and hopefully find their particular paths to sanity in their dying experiences.

In case you had a problem picking out all the current buzz words for hip, progressive thinking, think about these:

  • diversity = there is no good or evil
  • in the closet = killing others used be a no-no
  • good death = prescribed dying rather than dying because mortal life has ended
  • death with dignity = ending it all now rather than later
  • unnecessary suffering = someone else is tired of watching you die
  • freedom = even though you did not give yourself life, you have the right to end it anytime you see fit [or someone else does]
  • paths = personal feelings versus objective right and wrong

In other words, these new terms encompass just about anything that can be said to avoid admitting that there is a God and He does have laws. Some folks will really be surprised later on when life as we know it is over.

Read more from Judy Brown

Have you signed on to the Manhattan Declaration yet?

“We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right — and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation — to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence… We recognize the duty to comply with laws whether we happen to like them or not, unless the laws are gravely unjust or require those subject to them to do something unjust or otherwise immoral… We will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriage or the equivalent or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family.”

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A quick Summary (PDF)

Pope Benedict XVI Speaks Out Against Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Testing

The Vatican (LifeNews.com) — In a Wednesday address, Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against abortion, euthanasia, and casual genetic testing that could lead to abortion decisions. The pontiff said more legislation is needed to protect human life from these very real threats and that laws are only just when they protect the vulnerable.

The only just laws “are those laws that safeguard the sacredness of human life and reject the acceptance of abortion, euthanasia and unrestrained genetic experiments,” Benedict said.

Failure to recognize a respect for human life in the law leads to a “dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything definitive and leaves as the ultimate criterion only the self and one’s own desires,” he said.

He added a “an objective, unchanging truth accessible to human reason and that concerns practical action” exists — something that guides pro-life people.

“In our time especially in some countries, there is a worrying disconnect between reason, which has the task of discovering the ethical values of human dignity, and freedom, which has the responsibility to welcome them and promote them,” Benedict said.

Doctor provides frank answers to questions about his abortion practice

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“Abortion is an issue to me that – scientifically, ethically, politically, legally – in my heart of hearts I favor legal, properly-performed abortions. Anybody who demonstrates against us, in my experience – and it’s always tied to some religious organization – to me, they are no different than Osama bin Laden and his creed. Because you cannot talk to them, their minds are closed, they think that God talks to them, which in my point of view is psychotic.”

“I feel sorry for them, for all who walk down that road of brainwashing, but you know, some people are just susceptible to brainwashing. But despite that, no religious terrorism will stop me from doing what I think is the scientifically right thing to do.”

Read the article

Mexican bishop responds to threats: ‘I will continue preaching in support of life’

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“Preaching the Gospel is complicated and difficult, we need to show love to all people: Christ loved all and we should love all—gays, lesbians, prostitutes, even assailants and kidnappers. They are human persons and we should love them, but we cannot accept their vice,” the bishop said. “If they criticize you,” he added, “be firm in your principles, because you proclaim what is good, what is important and what helps others.”

“Let us pray for those who promote abortion, euthanasia, but don’t be fooled. Tell them: I respect you as persons but your actions are evil, they are not of Christ,” the bishop said.

Bishop Olvera went on to explain that when one preaches the doctrine of Christ, “people think you are attacking others; and how they lie, let me tell you,” he said as he pointed to the area where journalists usually sit.

Click here to read the whole story, courtesy of CNA

The “Change” has arrived – but it’s not what you think

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“The cult of Moloch lives on today”

Escondido priest warns “evil has acceded to power” in Obama Administration

 

News from the Trenches

(Fr. Richard Perozich, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Escondido, published the following commentary in the Sunday, Feb. 1, parish bulletin.)

“100 DAYS OR END OF DAYS”

The “governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a 1999 movie called “End of Days” where the devil was to come to take over the world. In the story line the devil must mate with a certain mortal if he is to escape hell and begin his reign of dominance over human hearts and freedom, to oppress people with death, pride, avarice, greed, sloth, ire, gluttony and lust. Arnold plays a man wounded spiritually and emotionally who ultimately opposes the devil who is defeated and reconsigned to hell for another 1,000 years. In real life, however, his legislation works for Satan.

The first 100 days of a new presidency is the time when legislation desired by the new leader is rammed through the congress without much discussion and over the objections of the minority party. It often is not good legislation, has been brewing in the hearts of special interest groups for years, who now have a vehicle to impose their will on the American people.

If the special interest groups have their way, it will spell the end of days for the American nation as we have known it since 1776. Abominations will be forced on us by the new government, such as which our founders never had intended, and certainly opposed to the Christian life: abortion on demand, homogenital sex, lust in all its forms, euthanasia, oppression of opportunity and entrepreneurs, silencing of faith and free speech among many.

Click here to read the entire article

U.S. Bishops “Disappointed” by Obama’s Abortion Policies

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Until Catholics everywhere, including both laity and clergy, start acting like Catholics again, we can expect more of the same from the Obama administration.
 
Obama’s changes to the Mexico City policy affect Catholics all around the world. What are we doing in response? Our USCCB bishops sent Obama a letter stating that they are “disappointed”.
 
There’s heroic virtue for you. No wonder Catholics get no respect, deferring to limp-wristed “leadership” such as this!
 
Francis Cardinal George is the head of the USCCB. The Chicago Archdiocese, of which he is also the head, recently managed to cobble together a Chicago March for Life that included some 40 people, and about half of those 40 were from other dioceses.
 
Forty people … from one of the largest “Catholic” Archdioceses in the world! Not one priest or bishop from the Chicago Archdiocese was present. Not one!
 
When asked why HE wasn’t there, the good Cardinal explained that he “had to be in Rome”. Maybe he ought to stay in Italy! I heard that Cardinal Law has an opening available for an assistant. 
 
Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral:
 
For one thing, the inside of the cathedral is ugly … more like a Presbyterian church than anything authentically Catholic.
 
The stained glass is plain, and tells us nothing about the great truths and traditions of the Catholic faith.
 
The statuary is sparse, and done in a motif that is most reminiscent of the “Clay People” from the old “Flash Gordon” series. Nobody can be sure WHAT the statues actually represent.
 
There is no real crucifix. Instead, we have some sort of a “hybrid” floating Christ, surrounded by floating rock, in the shape of a cross. It also is ugly.
 
The sanctuary itself is dank and dark. Sparsely furnished, with chairs for the presider and a couple of assistants, backed by dark wood paneling. Nothing of beauty to be seen. Nothing else there, other than  a very large, stone altar.
 
The most common decorative feature of the cathedral  appears to be a series of big, dark grey … almost black, marble panels, with a lighter shade of  “marbling” throughout.
 
They look like those ink blot tests. Rorschach tests. I call them “Saint Rorschach”.
 
Then there’s the tabernacle, situated to the left of the sanctuary. It’s shaped like a bowling ball, only bright silver in color. Surrounded by ugly, squiggly, wrought iron work that’s vaguely reminiscent of hell.
 
Nothing in that cathedral serves to proclaim anything at all that might be authentically Catholic. People seem to like the carved wood ceiling. I say, “What a waste!” Many of  the priest’s homilies are also at least moderately heretical.  Perhaps the place is a shrine to ecumenicalism.
 
It should be noted that, over the last couple of years, some strange things have been occurring at Holy Name Cathedral, which is the Cardinal’s “home” church.
 
While processing up to the altar at the start of the Easter Mass, the Cardinal inexplicably lost his footing and ended up flat on the floor.
 
A short while later, the roof of the cathedral fell in.
 
Just last week, the place burned. Fortunately, the structure was saved.
 
That cathedral seems to be a microcosm for the entire archdiocese, not to mention the USCCB, and perhaps, today’s world-wide Catholic Church!
 
It’s probably redundant to point out that Chicago is also the home town of the Daley Political Machine, Barack Obama, and Rod Blagoyevich. All of whom are great friends with the Cardinal. All are also solidly pro-abortion. Many are Catholic.
 
This is a great scandal!   
 
We need to call an end to this post-Vatican II era and initiate a world-wide Catholic Renaissance, without delay. And the very first priority of this Catholic Renaissance must be life.
 
Fifty million have died from abortion in this country since Roe vs. Wade became the law of the land, and our bishops have progressed from being confused, to unconcerned, to aware, and recently, to disappointed.
 
Perhaps after another fifty million die, we’ll actually start to DO something about the problem.  If we had responded to Pearl Harbor in this manner, we would all be speaking Japanese, today.
 
Ladies and gentlemen: we’ve prayed, we’ve counseled, we’ve demonstrated, we’ve sent letters and postcards. Nothing has really worked, and the enemy is beginning to consolidate his evil power.
 
If the Catholic Church can spend 2.5 billion dollars paying off the victims of abuse, we should be able to scrape together a couple of hundred million each year to fund an anti-abortion campaign that has some “teeth” in it.
 
The first thing we need is a sweeping, dogmatic, Ex Cathedra statement from the Pope on life issues, defining without exception, the responsibilities of every Catholic lay person, clergyman, politician, doctor, lawyer, judge, soldier, and law enforcement officer.
     
Nothing less will do.
        
 
If they don’t want to live up to their responsibilities as Catholics, let them go somewhere else. We don’t need them. They’re just another part of the problem. Excommunicate the bastards! All of  them. Then we remaining Catholics will need to reallocate and retask all the resources of the Church, solely towards promoting life, and to making more good Catholics.
 
Let the government feed, clothe, and house the poor. Let the government provide for the health care needs of the masses.
 
We need to focus all our resources on preventing abortion and euthanasia, and fighting embryonic stem cell research, invitro fertilization, cloning, and other, similarly evil and immoral activities.
 
We need to be prepared to spend whatever it costs to save babies from abortion, whether we have to “ransom” them, support them (and their moms), or adopt them.
 
The situation calls for unrestricted pro-life spiritual and temporal warfare, and nothing less!
    
What would Jesus do?
  John 10:10
 “The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy:
I came that they may have life,
and may have it abundantly.”

         
 Canon 212.3 states: “According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, [the faithful] have the right and even the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of the faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.”
               

Please pray about it … and pray hard … then let’s all get together and DO something!

Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia flow from seriously flawed notions of human dignity

 

This Will Kill Us

More is at stake than just the economy in this presidential election season. In fact, the manufactured economic woes of our country are in some ways a smokescreen to keep our minds off the weightier moral issues that are not being talked about to any significant degree or in any depth. There real issues upon which our future as a nation depends are the life issues! To that effect, euthanasia, euphemistically called “physician-assisted suicide,” is on the ballot in Washington State, and if we don’t support those who are valiantly fighting this pernicious movement, this new virus of the culture of death could kill us all.

Actually this is not an entirely new front in the culture wars: Oregon blazed the euthanasia trail in 1997 when their physician-assisted suicide law went into effect. Now, the Washington State Initiative 1000 (I-1000) is almost a carbon copy of the Oregon law and just as deadly. I would invite all our Spirit and Life® readers to support with prayer and donations the group called the “Washington Coalition Against Assisted Suicide” in their efforts to stop I-1000. (See sidebar for more information on how to help.)

Here are just a few of the salient facts about euthanasia for your consideration:

Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia flow from seriously flawed notions of human dignity:

The euthanasia worldview is based on the “Quality of Life” ethic (where the value of life is dependent upon lifestyle considerations) as opposed to the “Sanctity of Life” ethic (where life is valued in itself).
This worldview says that sickness and suffering are meaningless even though we have better medical technology and palliative (pain-control) care than ever before in the history of humanity; it doesn’t acknowledge that human suffering always creates opportunities for generosity, heroism and even sanctification.
Decisions to euthanize people are based primarily on utilitarian concerns rather than on human decency despite all the lip service to “compassion” and “mercy” that are used to promote it; talk of healthcare rationing is simply preparing the way for a great killing spree for the sick and elderly.
The connection between abortion and euthanasia is chilling:

Euthanasia advocates distort language to make killing seem like a virtue: words like “autonomy” and “self-determination” mimic the “freedom of choice” rhetoric of abortion; in fact, the main euthanasia advocacy group in Washington State is actually called “Compassion and Choices.”
Medical professionals are transformed from healers into killers – suicide-assisting doctors essentially become the new abortionists of the sick and elderly.
Requirements for safeguards, reporting, informed consent, etc. are talked about with such seriousness when they are trying to get laws passed and then are ignored when the laws go into effect; and there is never any real enforcement of the laws once they are on the books.
The moral slippery slope gets steeper when you legalize killing; “death with dignity” and the “right to die” soon become the “duty to die” just as “a woman’s right to choose” usually drives away any other options but abortion.
The true irony is that the baby-boomers will double the number of elderly by the year 2020, and they are the likely candidates for euthanasia. The generation that gave us abortion on demand is now in the crosshairs of a selfish generation of pagan activists who were spawned by “choice.” We have a chance in both national and local elections to proclaim that we are a people of life in this election. Let us make sure our voices are heard!

Please join HLI in helping the good folks in Washington State defeat this euthanasia initiative: it could be a life-or-death fight for us all.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International

Troubling words from Obama – who aspires to the Presidency of the United States and leadership of the free world.

Troubling words from Obama – who aspires to the Presidency of the United States and leadership of the free world.

Obama: Supports: “Freedom of Choice Act”. A bill that would invalidate virtually all state and federal limitations on abortion, including partial-birth abortion.

Obama: Opposes ban on partial birth abortion ban. He said he would re-instate this ban as president. (Partial Birth Abortion is used from the 5th month on, involves pulling a living baby feet-first out of the womb, except for the head, puncturing the skull and suctioning out the brain. The great majority of partial-birth abortions are performed on healthy babies of healthy mothers.)

Obama: Voted to block a bill that would have required an abortionist to notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor girl from another state.

Obama: Voted 3 times against a bill in the Illinois State Senate that would have provided protection for babies who survive abortions equal to the protection received by babies who are spontaneously born prematurely.

From The National Catholic Register:
Jill Stanek, a Chicago nurse, described the practice of killing babies in what is now known as “live-birth abortion.” Illinois tried to stop the practice. But in 2002, as state legislator there, Obama voted against the Induced Infant Liability Act, which would have protected babies who were “accidentally” born alive during attempts to abort them.

“I could not bear the thought of this suffering child dying alone in a soiled utility room, so I cradled and rocked him for the 45 minutes that he lived,” Stanek told the U.S. Congress, describing one such case. “He was too weak to move very much, expending any energy he had trying to breathe. Toward the end he was so quiet that I couldn’t tell if he was still alive unless I held him up to the light to see if his heart was still beating through his chest wall.”

After Stanek’s testimony even N.Y. Democrat Jerrold Nadler, who says he is “as pro-choice as anybody on earth” supported and spoke in favor of the bill.

But for the abortion industry and Obama, opposing the right to life has meant uncompromising dedication to a counter-principle. For Obama, protecting the unstated principle “unwanted children do not have the right to life” is the only way abortion can remain legal.

That has led him to exclude another category of human being from the right to life: the unfit.

Terri Schiavo
In a recent debate, Obama said the vote he most regrets was his vote to save Terri Schiavo’s life. Her husband, Michael, wanted Terri dead, even though she was alert and responsive to nurses and family members. He had a new child with a new woman, and he wanted Terri dead.

When a judge granted his request, Congress and President Bush attempted to intervene to save her life, and not just to save her life, but to stop the dangerous precedent. They failed. Now Obama says they shouldn’t have tried. Thus, he started by rejecting the right to life of unwanted children and now rejects the right to life of an unwanted woman.”

Obama supports embryonic stem cell research — which is the deliberate killing of little innocent babies.

Obama supports cloning, another intrinsic evil.

Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples equal legal rights and privileges as married couples. Civil unions is one step closer to homosexual “marriage”. Homosexuality is a mortal sin and an abomination against God. Obama voted against the Federal marriage Amendment Act, which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

Sadly, many people have not been educated as to the real issues in this campaign.
Life issues are the most important, for without life, we have nothing. Obama, cares nothing about innocent children, or the lives of others, as he only cares about himself, making a name for himself. He has succumbed to the evils in society. He is a coward, as he certainly doesn’t have the courage to stand up for God and His Commandments. Please, continue to educate others about him and the evil he supports.

Above all — encourage others to pray ~ Divine Help is Needed!
Our country has been blessed by God. We have all good things because of God. One cannot expect our blessings to continue if we are on the road to perdition, turning away from God. Prayers are needed! Pray for our country and its people. God’s Commandments are Commandments — they must be obeyed. Period! They must be obeyed in the voting booth.

 
We must NOT support evil.
We must NOT support Obama in any way.
We are commanded by God to obey His Commandments. Let’s have the courage to do so.

Thanks to Delores W. and Nancy W. for this submitting this article. 

BISHOPS RESTATE PREEMINENCE OF LIFE ISSUES

 

June 13, 2008

BISHOPS RESTATE PREEMINENCE OF LIFE ISSUES

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today reaffirmed its rejection of embryonic stem cell research and human cloning.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue called on Catholics to support the vote that was taken today in Florida:

“It is important for all Catholics to acknowledge that the first and most important issues affecting public policy are the life issues. To maintain that other issues are the moral equivalent of matters like abortion, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and direct euthanasia, is to denigrate the privileged position that the life issues have in Catholic teachings.

“The bishops referred to the harvesting of embryonic stem cells as ‘the deliberate killing of innocent human beings, a gravely immoral act.’ They also said that ‘Human cloning is intrinsically evil,’ something which ‘shows disrespect for human life in the very act of generating it.’ These words were chosen carefully, and they reflect the sentiments of Pope Benedict XVI who recently said abortion was a ‘non-negotiable’ issue for Catholics.

“The life issues, then, are of preeminent importance to Catholics. To discuss social justice, for example, while being dismissive of the life issues is profoundly un-Catholic.”

Link to the Catholic League