Washington, D.C., Archbishop Cardinal Wilton Gregory is not happy with self-proclaimed catholic and president Joe Biden who recently said that he does not agree that “life begins at conception,” a direct opposition of the Catholic church.
“I respect those who believe life begins at the moment of conception,” Biden said, according to Catholic News Agency. “I don’t agree, but I respect that. I’m not going to impose that on people.”
The appalling statement by Biden is a direct contradiction of the Catholic Church’s teaching on life and conception.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that “human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”
Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:
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You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.
Cardinal Gregory was not happy according to Catholic news publication, Crux.
“Cardinal Wilton Gregory says President Joe Biden ‘is not demonstrating Catholic teaching’ with his abortion stance,” Crux reported.
“The Catholic Church teaches, and has taught, that human life begins at conception, so the president is not demonstrating Catholic teaching,” Gregory said.
“Our church has not changed its position on the immorality of abortion,” Gregory added while referring to the notion that Catholic teachings can evolve over time. Not with abortion, Gregory explained. “I don’t see how we could because we believe that every human life is sacred.”
The comments from Gregory come just days after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone threatened to excommunicate her and other “Catholic” Democrats for their support of abortion.
In an essay penned in the Washington Post, Cordileone announced that excommunication is a potential action to take against self-proclaimed Catholic Democrat leaders who support abortion.
In his piece, Cordileone urged Catholic politicians to oppose abortion, saying that “[y]ou cannot be a good Catholic and support expanding a government-approved right to kill innocent human beings.”
“This summer, we provoked an uproar by discussing whether public officials who support abortion should receive the sacrament of the Eucharist,” Cordileone wrote. “We were accused of inappropriately injecting religion into politics, of butting in where we didn’t belong.”
“I see matters differently,” the archbishop added. “When considering what duties Catholic bishops have with respect to prominent laymen in public life who openly oppose church teachings on abortion, I look to this country’s last great human rights movement — still within my living memory — for inspiration on how we should respond.”
The archbishop then encouraged other church leaders to use the threat of excommunication to force politicians to make good decisions. He compared the abortion to racism during the Civil Rights movement.
“The example of New Orleans Archbishop Joseph Rummel, who courageously confronted the evils of racism, is one that I especially admire,” the archbishop said. “Rummel did not ‘stay in his lane.’ Unlike several other bishops throughout this country’s history, he did not prioritize keeping parishioners and the public happy above advancing racial justice. Instead, he began a long, patient campaign of moral suasion to change the opinions of pro-segregation White Catholics.”
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