US Pax Christi group defends killing unborn children through use of abortifacients

The Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi group, affiliated with the US National Pax Christi,has abandoned Pax Christi’s fundamental principle of non-violence by advocating that the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and other Catholic employers, provide employees with Obama Care insurance, that provides, among other things, abortifacient contraceptives.

Pittsburgh Pax Christi’s support of President Obama’s law forcing the Catholic Church to provide employees with abortifacient contraceptives was expressed in their legal action against the Diocese of Pittsburgh before the District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania. Pax Christi argued the court should dismiss the Diocese’s legal objections to Obama’s Healthcare mandate.

Pax Christi’s legal case explicitly acknowledged the abortifacient nature of some types of contraception they argued the Church should provide to employees:

“There is some dispute as to whether all of the medications specified in the Complaint [Pittsburgh Diocese] prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to a uterus, or simply, inhibit fertilization. (See. N.Y. Times, June 5, 2012 “Abortion Qualms on Morning After Pill May be Unfounded” available at‟t-work-science suggests. Again, for purposes of this brief, Amici [Pax Christi et al] will accept the assertion that the medication prevents the fertilized egg from developing.”

Pax Christi readily acknowledges that providing abortifacients are against the teaching of the Church:

‘The Complaint correctly notes that under the Government Mandate, dioceses and other Catholic institutions that act as employers will be required to provide, as part of an insurance plan, coverage for sterilization procedures, birth control medication and devices and, possibly, abortifacients. The use of these medications and procedures for purposes of birth control is contrary to the official teaching of the Church.’

The Pax Christi group goes on to make two arguments for the court to dismiss the argument from the Diocese that to provide contraceptives is againts the teaching of the Church:

The first argument is that the court should legally recognise dissent as taking precedence over the teachings of the Magisterium:

‘Moreover, while the Complaint does not mention it, as to those employees who are Catholic, the Court can take judicial notice of the fact that polling data shows that the overwhelming majority of Catholics disagree with the official teachings of the Church and believe, as a matter of individual conscience, that they may practice birth control.’

The second argument is that the Catholic Church should be legally required to provide abortifacients because her freedom of religion would be adequately served by being able to teach that contraception was immoral, while at the same time buying the abortifacients for employees, thereby financially enabling the killing of unborn children:

‘Accordingly, the Amici suggest that any thoughtful balancing of all the interests at issue in this case leads to the conclusion that the Mandate is constitutional. The burden on the Church– although real — is slight. The Plaintiffs have the relatively modest cost, which all employers have, of implementing the Mandate — a rule of neutral application imposed on all employers.
Their employees are completely free to exercise their own individual consciences and to decide whether they wish to avail themselves of the procedures and devices without economic compulsion on them. Most importantly, nothing impairs the absolute right of the Plaintiffs and all other Catholic officials to loudly and clearly state their teachings.’

Pax Christi Pittsburgh, with other Catholic groups, were successful in persuading the Court to dismiss the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s claim to be exempted from the mandatory provision of abortifacients to kill unborn children, contrary to the explicit teaching and discipline of the Catholic Church.

Protect the Pope comment: What is the position of US National Pax Christi and International Pax Christi about Pax Christi Pittsburgh taking part in a legal action against a Catholic diocese? What is their position about a Pax Christi group taking legal action to force the Catholic Church in the USA to provide abortifacients? What is their response to Pax Christi Pittsburgh abandoning the fundamental principle of non-violence?

For Catholics over here in the UK this betrayal of the Church by an official Pax Christi begs the question, what is the position of Pax Christi UK about the action taken by their sister group in Pittsburgh to force the Church to provide abortifacients? What is Pax Christi UK’s position on the use of abortifacients in the context of non-violence?

9 comments to US Pax Christi group defends killing unborn children through use of abortifacients

    • Karla

      ‘Pax Christi’s brief says that it assumes that the HHS Mandate does include abortifacients, and so it does require the Church herself to offer and pay for insurance coverage of items that kill human embryos, but that the diocese’s religious freedom claims are still meritless because the Church must submit to government coercion even to give coverage of abortion to private citizens, even if that forces it to violate its beliefs.

      By this rationale, the federal government could force Pax Christi affiliates to volunteer in factories that manufacture military assassination drones. After all, those “peace” folks wouldn’t actually be assassinating anyone (“directly”), and nothing stops them the rest of the week form proclaiming that they really do oppose drone killings (except when a Democrat pulls the trigger)’

  • Joseph Matthew

    Does Pax Christi offer us the kiss of peace or the kiss of Judas ?

  • There’s that word again…”official”. Seems to be some idea going round that if you use this word then you accept an “unofficial” but equally valid, salvific truth which is better because it’s easier.

  • Eric

    I’m confused here.

    The Affordable Healthcare Act permits “Churches and Houses of Worship” to be excepted from the contraceptive mandate.

    So are Pax Christi arguing against that exemption and requiring that the exemption be removed?

  • Nicolas Bellord

    It is curious how organisations like this particular branch of Pax Christi frequently accuse more traditional Catholics of going on for ever about abortion but ignoring other social issues like poverty etc. In fact I have never heard any pro-life person disagreeing with the need to address such issues as well as abortion. However it is not infrequent to hear these liberals or free-thinkers saying there is no need to worry about abortion.

    I also wonder whether in our Catholic schools a similar attitude to that of the Pittsburgh Pax Christi is taken in regard to sex education. Is the attitude that we will teach about contraception and how to use it, where to access abortion, same-sex marriage etc so long as we add on a bit about it being contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church as if it was some kind of sect with strange ideas.

  • Comte de Frebonius

    What makes this story all the more horrific, is that the blessing ” The peace of Christ” is linked to the murder of innocents; is this not also blasphemy?

  • Ioannes

    What’s new? Pax Christi was suspect back in the 1970s for its pro-Soviet leanings. Do not assume that organizations which a) claim to be Catholic and b) are nominally sponsored by the bishops must therefore have any credibility.

  • Sterling Ericsson

    Though isn’t it appropriate to support birth control, since it reduces the amount of natural abortions significantly, so less unborn children are killed? Sure, birth control isn’t 100% effective and an incredibly small amount of fertilizations do occur and are then flushed out, but considering that it reduces the 18% amount of natural abortions to essentially 1%, isn’t birth control saving a ton of unborn lives?

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