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St. Paul on Catholics Who Politically Promote Abortion?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Apr 16, 2009

About five minutes after I completed my column “God and Mammon” concerning the falsity of Catholic arguments in favor of abortion, I came across in my daily spiritual reading the following passage from St. Paul’s second letter to Timothy (3:1-7):

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people. For among them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and swayed by various impulses, who will listen to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

As an exegetical note, “the last days” refers to the entire time between Christ’s first and second comings; let us not be sidetracked here by signs of the end of the world. Now note again these words: “Holding the form of religion but denying the power of it…those who make their way into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and swayed by various impulses.” Without in the least arguing that St. Paul had this present circumstance in mind, nothing could more clearly describe those Catholic worldlings who seek to facilitate abortion and their impact on the women whom they thus betray.

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