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pro-choice, prayerfully

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 01, 2006

Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom maintains, desultorily, a blog called Prayerfully Pro-Choice. The prayer-dimension, it must be said, is not much in evidence. Political jargon is.

I was amazed to find out that members of the United Methodist Church helped begin the [Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice] in 1973. I was empowered and honored to work within the issue and cause that my mother fought for in her youth. Not only was the UMC a major contributor in starting the coalition, the church also affirms a women's right to choose within the Social Principles.

It's easy to understand why the other guys want to weaken religious opposition to abortion through disinformation in the name of churchmanship -- that's what Frances Kissling's letterhead lobby Catholics for a Free Choice is about. Harder to imagine is a life of prayer "recollected" around techniques of Dilation & Extraction. Teaching one's children their bedtime prayers, for the RCRC crowd, must have its awkward moments as well.

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  • Posted by: jai - Jul. 02, 2006 9:01 PM ET USA

    Let's cut to the chase, shall we? One cannot get BCP's (abortifacients), RU486, direct abortions, and sterilization procedures without a doctor. If doctors didn't prescribe, the Frances Kisslings of the world would be left baying at the moon. Is your doctor unabashedly pro-life? If not, why are you a patient? The battle begins very close to home.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2006 11:14 PM ET USA

    Forum friends, recalibrate me lest I linger in error. The November election IS crucial. The most effective way to ridicule the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) is with the ONE item they can’t ‘smart-reply’ to: their disrespecting God’s Rights. Indeed, no one, ESPECIALLY not religious, can prove the ABSENCE of early ensoulment. It’s vital to not get trapped into “dialoguing” on all those other topics for they thrive on dialogue. Pitbull RCRC on their disrespect for God’ Dominion

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2006 5:17 PM ET USA

    "...how to defuse loaded arguments and assert succinct, ethical positions to counter the strategy of the Catholic hierarchy and its allies to deny reproductive health care and help you defend the religious freedom of all who pass through the doors of a Catholic health care facility. Advance registration required. As space is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible to Marissa Valeri at (202) 986-6093 or mvaleri@catholicsforchoice.org" The rights of millions of preborn females depend upon it.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2006 4:13 PM ET USA

    Conscience may be an effective tool for making choices if it has been properly formed according to Catholic norms. A judgement made in ignorance of doctrine can be mitigated by invincible ignorance;but one still has the obligation to investigate and educate himself on permissible choices.

  • Posted by: RC - Jul. 01, 2006 1:38 PM ET USA

    As Cardinal Pell likes to point out, "primacy of conscience" is not a term used in any magisterial documents. He suggests that it is more a point of confusion than of clarity and it should be dropped.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2006 12:28 PM ET USA

    The agenda is always the same: support a woman's "right" to choose, ordain women clergy, ignore biblical morality, ordain partnered gay clergy, bless same-sex "marriages," bring in liturgical dance, revise theology to support secularist goals, support feminist translations of sacred texts, et cetera, usque ad nauseam, all in the name of "compassion" and "diversity." As this agenda takes root, mainline protestant denominations will continue to wither.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jul. 01, 2006 11:31 AM ET USA

    I was shocked to learn that the UMC, Presbyterian, Episcopal Church...mainline Protestant Churches are pro-abortion ('pro-choice' as they would maintain). I haven't thought through the implications, but it would seem that not only are they heretical denominations but, through their support of abortion (& homosexuality), that they may no longer be even Christian. In my area most of the faithful of those Churches are pro-life but remain in a Church which teaches to the contrary. hmmm.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2006 10:38 AM ET USA

    C'mon Diogenes, its not fair to use photoshop to make your point. And I undersand the need to maintain a sense of humor, but this is just a lttle too cute and clichéd to juxtapose a genius of such obvious command of the magesterium with the writing on the erasible board.

  • Posted by: Sir William - Jul. 01, 2006 10:02 AM ET USA

    Shame on our bishops for their incredible lack of charity and compassion toward their flocks in not providing solid, unambiguous, courageous teaching. So many souls such as this one are smiling their way to eternal death and leading others with them. Pray fast and do penance for all poor sinners. (if my 'conscience' tells me to smack the smile off her face with an olive loaf, can I do that and claim its 'primacy' is all the permission I need...? Bet old Marissa here would say no...)

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