In spite of sizable political and cultural obstacles, Australia has a Minister of Health who is a Catholic, and whose Catholic convictions gave him the gumption to block approval of the abortion pill RU486. According to the NCR's John Allen, it looked like the good guys had their act together for a change.
None of this means, however, that Catholic opinion on the issue is entirely uniform. At a panel discussion hosted by the brand-new Notre Dame University of Sydney on Thursday night, Feb. 16, the eminent Australian Jesuit Fr. Frank Brennan said he believed Catholics of good conscience could have voted either way on the RU486 bill.
Ironically, Pell was sitting in the audience. Brennan candidly acknowledged, "I know Cardinal Pell would disagree with me on this."
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Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Feb. 21, 2006 6:08 PM ET USA
http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft0505/articles/pell.html Hilarious. Pell wrote an article in First Things on conscience. Did any of the goof troop read it?
Posted by: benedictusoblatus -
Feb. 20, 2006 3:08 AM ET USA
It is astounding the level of confusion and disinformation that has descended upon the Church over the last 50 years. St. Thomas Aquinas having been shunned for the likes of Kant and Hegel, it is no surprise that people in high places and low cannot anchor Truth in any solid fashion. Opinions become dogma only to be replaced when it is fashionable to do so. Catholic Truth is as it always was. It don't "evolve." It is high time the religious evolutionists were shown the door - Jesuits first.
Posted by: Fatimabeliever -
Feb. 19, 2006 3:13 PM ET USA
When will someone have the gumption to excommunicate these heretics who are so anxious to destroy souls in their care! Time is past due to take their power away to lead souls astray.
Posted by: Cantor Rich -
Feb. 18, 2006 2:32 AM ET USA
I don't expect this comment to make public, and perhaps its just as well: The only programme I know that will instill any common sense into the majority of Jesuits these days: Kick their bloody arses up betwixt their shoulder blades(just paraphrasing my old dad).
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Feb. 17, 2006 5:31 PM ET USA
Jesuit Pelagian: "Cardinal Pell what did you think of my panel discussion on RU-486?" Cardinal Pell: "RUNuts?"
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Feb. 17, 2006 3:37 PM ET USA
"At a panel discussion...." Say no more! Did not Jesus teach us to employ panel discussions on matter of the faith? And two milennia of martyrs die for panel discussions where "eminent" panelists could debate the finer points of morality? And is not RU486 a hazard to the health of women, not to mention an abortion pill? But then, yes, he is an "eminent" Jesuit who can disagree with His Eminence, Cardinal Pell.
Posted by: Eleazar -
Feb. 17, 2006 3:19 PM ET USA
Just when you thought that the Society of Jesus couldn't sink any lower, one of them says something in public to prove you wrong. The only Catholics who could vote to support legislation on RU486 are those with no consciences (and no souls). St. Ignatius, pray for your apostate order.