Catholic theology professor Anna Harrison’s public position on abortion is an overwhelming display of ignorance at best, and blatant disobedience and a flagrant abuse of her position at worst.

Not to mention, a great scandal!

Harrison wrote in a recent letter to The Argonaut:

The question of abortion coverage is not, as some have framed it, one of balancing Loyola Marymount University’s Catholic identity with its commitment to plurality and diversity of moral and religious sensibilities. This is, in part, exactly because there is no one ‘Catholic position’ on abortion – not unless we are willing to conflate Catholicism with the teaching of modern bishops.

Yet her claims appear to be in direct contradiction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church—which was created and published to “be a sure and authentic reference text for teaching catholic doctrine and particularly for preparing local catechisms”—and states the following about procured abortion:

2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:

You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.75

God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.76

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