Is Abortion the Preeminent Issue of Catholic Social Justice? by John Clark

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Abortion is the pre-eminent issue in violence and barbarism, in magnitude and due to the natural order of rights.

By John Clark, EWTN News, 11/26/19

John ClarkOn Nov. 12, while the assembled bishops of the USCCB debated the language of an accompanying letter to a Catholic voting guide, Bishop McElroy of San Diego took the microphone and proclaimed, “It is not Catholic teaching that abortion is the preeminent issue that we face in the world of Catholic social teaching.”

I may have missed his point due to the awkward phrasing. It should be clarified, however, that there are numerous distinct and definitive ways to illustrate that abortion is in fact the preeminent issue of Catholic social teaching.

Abortion is the pre-eminent issue in terms of gravity. In 850 pages of text, The Catechism of the Catholic Church uses the word “abominable” in reference to a sin exactly once. It occurs in paragraph 2271, which states that “abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.” The Catechism goes further: “Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense.” The Code of Canon Law indicates that procuring or committing an abortion earns one an automatic excommunication “by the very commission of the offense. (1314)” In fact, it is a sin considered so grave that it required the bishop to sacramentally absolve (though Pope Francis now allows priests to forgive the sin in Confession). ….


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