Catholics for Choice


I couldn’t find one specifically saying ‘Catholics for Choice’, but this comes close enough.

What a contradictory term: Catholics for Choice!  You can’t be “pro-choice” and Catholic at the same time as you cannot serve two masters [1].  You either serve the triune God or Moloch, but you can’t serve both.  To use the term Catholic while supporting the further legalization of abortion rights rather than vice versa is to undermine the Catholic Church’s teaching against abortion.

Saint John Paul II dogmatically stated, “I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral” [2].  Canon law states, “A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication” (Can. 1398).  So, what about those who don’t directly participate in abortion, but say, a politician who pushes for more abortion or a citizen who votes for or supports a politician based on their pro-abortion views?  Even, so they incur a latae setentiae excommunication for their heresy [3] in which they have denied Church teaching that abortion is always gravely evil and has been taught as such “[s]ince the first century the Church” [4].  If they push for abortion rights then they participate in “[f]ormal cooperation in an abortion” and such constitutes as “a grave offense” [5].

Furthermore, they cannot licitly use the term ‘Catholic’ in their name as “no undertaking is to claim the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority” [6].  This is to avoid any scandal in the Church.  The use of the term ‘Catholic’ by those who endorse abortion causes great scandal because it makes people think they can be Catholics, members of the Church in good standing with the Holy See who thus may participate in the sacramental life, when they endorse a grave evil and participate in it and thus receive Holy Communion and other Sacraments while in a state of “manifest grave sin” [7].  Furthermore, these excommunicated persons are “forbidden . . . to exercise any ecclesiastical offices, ministries, or functions whatsoever or to place acts of governance” [8].  They may only participate in the sacramental life of the Church after they have been absolved in Confession and have repented of their support for abortion which means not only have they made an act of contrition but also a firm purpose of amendment, a promise to turn their ways around.

A Catholic who supports abortion is like Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus Christ when he was part of the band of disciples.


“The Betrayal of Judas” (fragment) by Duccio

[1] Matthew 6:24

[2] Saint John Paul II. Evangelium Vitae, no. 57.

[3] Can. 1364

[4] Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2271

[5] Ibid., 2272

[6] Can. 216

[7] Can. 915

[8] Can. 1331 §1.3


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