(Lifesitenews) - The bishops also noted that "in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision knocked down laws against abortion in all 50 states, fabricating a constitutional 'right' to abortion that continues to haunt and divide our society. ... Roe v. Wade is a clear case of an 'intrinsically unjust law' we are morally obliged to oppose. Reversing it is not a mere political tactic, but a moral imperative for Catholics and others who respect human life," they said....THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: According to the bishops, Catholics are morally obligated not only to oppose abortion, but to oppose the U.S. Supreme Court decision "Roe v. Wade" which artificially created a woman's so-called "right" to choose an abortion. That's right! Catholics can neither be pro-abortion nor pro-choice. The teachings of the Catholic Church clearly prohibit the support of such a "choice."
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What does this mean? On the surface it means Catholics commit the sin of heresy when they say they are personally opposed to abortion BUT believe in a woman's right to choose. Furthermore, they cooperate with evil when they vote in accord with such a philosophy. The Catholic Church's opposition to abortion runs much deeper than just opposition to the procedure itself. The Church's opposition goes right down to the "choice" that leads to an abortion. The Church's position is that human beings don't have the right to make such a "choice," that choosing to abort a pregnancy is no different than choosing to murder a small child. Nobody has a right to choose to murder a small child, and so therefore, nobody has the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy through abortion.
You can't be Catholic and Pro-Choice. This statement by the bishops clarifies that even further. Indeed, you can't be Catholic and say you support Roe v. Wade. The Church specifically calls upon Catholics to oppose the Supreme Court decision, and oppose "freedom of choice" on this matter all together.
Faithful and practicing Catholics will probably receive this news joyously, but it's reasonable to assume that a good deal of non-practicing and cafeteria Catholics will not. For those who cannot accept the Church's teachings on Roe v. Wade, another option is available.
The Episcopal Church USA welcomes "pro-choice" Catholics with open arms. In the Episcopal Church, "pro-choice" Catholics can have a virtually identical liturgical celebration of the mass, along with all the smells and bells of high church Catholicism, without the trappings of the Catholic Church's strict moral teachings and all male priesthood. If you find yourself in this group, the Episcopal Church has been accepting Catholics just like you for over a hundred years. Simply click here to learn more about it.