Cristina Odone’s support for abortion shows dangers of à la Carte Catholicism

Cristina Odone’s support for abortion in cases when the life of the mother is threatened shows the danger of  à la Carte Catholicism abolishing the objective moral truth of the Catholic faith. Cristina Odone has abandoned other doctrines of the Catholic faith and now abandons the absolute prohibition against abortion. She writes:

‘I’m a Catholic but I believe abortion has to be legal. Yes, it is a sin; and yes, there are women who use it as contraception. But the risk of having a long roll call of tragic deaths like Savita’s is too cruel to contemplate. Like divorce, abortion should be available, but reserved as a last-resort nuclear option – and when the mother’s life is in danger is precisely such a scenario.’

Protect the Pope comment: How can a Catholic write a 71 word paragraph that accepts so many evil things? Cristina Odone accepts ‘abortion has to be legal’, ‘it is a sin’, that it should be ‘reserved as a last-resort nuclear option’.  Abortion, Sin, nuclear option.

Abortion and ‘nuclear option’ are just other words for ‘murder’. So let’s reword Cristina Odone’s proposal to see the truth of the matter, ‘Like divorce, murder should be available, but reserved as a last-resort murder option – and when the mother’s life is in danger is precisely such a scenario.’

Cristina Odone mentions sin almost in passing as if it doesn’t really register. What type of sin are we talking about here ? It’s called ‘mortal or grave sin’. ‘To choose deliberately – that is, both knowing it and willing it – something gravely contrary to the divine law and to the ultimate end of man is to commit a mortal sin. This destroys in us the charity without which eternal beatitude is impossible. Unrepented, it brings eternal death. (CCC 1874).

How would St. Gianna Molla respond to Cristina Odone’s 71 words?



15 comments to Cristina Odone’s support for abortion shows dangers of à la Carte Catholicism

  • This is the woman who had a rant on “Newsnight” on the evening of Pope Benedict’s election. Seems to have a screw loose!

  • Karla

    Oh Christina, Christiana. You can not as a Catholic supports abortion’s legality. I thought some of her posts were okay in the past, but will not be reading her blog anymore. No Catholic should follow her blog

  • Paul

    She also describes herself as a ‘Tatchellite’ (as in an admirer of the homosexual rights campaigner Peter Tatchel) in an article just over a week ago and says that she also supports civil partnerships. She obviously doesn’t visit the confessional very often that’s for sure

    • Karla

      She said that Pope Benedict’s orthodoxy has stopped discussion of women in the priesthood, homosexual unions and divorce. These ‘principals are neogitable’ saod Christiana. She needs to get catechised because she obviously does not fully understand Catholic teaching. These principals will never be negotiable, they are infalliable and can not be changed. Fr Burke gave a great response

  • Lynda

    If she agrees with “abortion” (being the intentional killing of a child prior to his birth) in order to save the life of the mother, she is inexcusably ignorant, as abortion bears no relationship to the “saving” of a pregnant woman’s life. This is the time-old ruse of the abortion industry and lobby. Medicine, on the other hand, applied in attempting to save the life of a pregnant woman, where it is in imminent danger due to some condition, may result in the unintended but unavoidable death of the baby – this is not abortion, as in the act of abortion. It couldn’t be further removed from the evil act of intentionally killing a child in utero. There is no moral comparability – one is good, the other evil. However, the abortion lobby when pushing to legalise abortion will conflate abortion with life-saving medicine, which may, unavoidably, in some rare situations involve the unintended death of the baby, where it is not possible to save him or her. One of the problems that allows the abortion lobby to mislead and confuse people for their nefarious ends is the widespread use of the term “abortion” in the medical field to describe the fact of the death of a pre-term baby regardless of what caused the baby’s death or whether it was caused by an act which included the intention to kill. This other meaning of the term “abortion” has been allowed to be mixed up in the issue of abortion – being the intentional killing of the innocent defenceless baby in utero – by the pro-abortionists, in order to deceive people, and misleadingly claim that “abortion” can sometimes be carried out in an attempt to save a pregnant mother’s life. It is a most evil lie but often muddies the water enough, with the efforts of the pro-abortion Media, to fool people into accepting the legalisation of abortion. This ruse is being used unashamedly in Ireland at the moment by those intent on legalising the killing of the unborn in a country which has been one of the safest for pregnant women (as well as babies) for decades. Let us pray that the scales will fall from people’s eyes. Please pray that Ireland’s parliament will not purport to legalise abortion – I say purport as any such law would be invalid for being contrary to the Natural Law, and the Constitution of Ireland.

  • Michael Petek

    It had to happen. After all, Mrs Odone is an adulteress, being married to another woman’s divorced husband.

  • John

    She is a journalist which probably explains a lot. Think of other “Catholc” journalists:the late Hugo Young, Catherine Pepinster, Clifford Longley and the rest of the Tablet team; Damian Thompson, etc. What they have in common is superficiality – they have to write 500-800 words each week on a whole variety of topics without proper research or even thought ; arrogance – a smart-Alec, know-it-all attitude; and a generally social liberal approach. Of course there are some exceptions such as the excellent David Quinn of the Iona Institute in Dublin or Catholic Voices.

  • Duc de Frebonius

    Hopefully, this means that she will be dropped from writing for Catholic publications, until she comes to realise the evil that her words have formented; tough love! Maybe she should view the excellent DVD: Confession-The forgotten Sacrament by St Anthony Comms. Its only 20 mins long but needed and should be in every Catholic home.

  • Augustine

    Statement by the Standing Committee of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference on the equal and inalienable right to life of a mother and her unborn child

    19. Nov, 2012

    At the conclusion of the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference today in the Columba Centre, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, the following statement has been issued:

    The death of Mrs Savita Halappanavar and her unborn child in University Hospital Galway on the 28 October last was a devastating personal tragedy for her husband and family. It has stunned our country. We share the anguish and sorrow expressed by so many at the tragic loss of a mother and her baby in these circumstances and we express our sympathy to the family of Mrs Halappanavar and all those affected by these events.

    In light of the widespread discussion following the tragic death of Mrs Halappanavar and her unborn baby, we wish to reaffirm some aspects of Catholic moral teaching. These were set out in our recently published Day for Life message on 7 October last, available on :

    · The Catholic Church has never taught that the life of a child in the womb should be preferred to that of a mother. By virtue of their common humanity a mother and her unborn baby are both sacred with an equal right to life.

    · Where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both the mother and her baby.

    · Whereas abortion is the direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby and is gravely immoral in all circumstances, this is different from medical treatments which do not directly and intentionally seek to end the life of the unborn baby. Current law and medical guidelines in Ireland allow nurses and doctors in Irish hospitals to apply this vital distinction in practice while upholding the equal right to life of both a mother and her unborn baby.

    · Some would claim that the unborn baby is less human or less deserving of life. Advances in genetics and technology make it clear that at fertilisation a new, unique and genetically complete human being comes into existence. From that moment onwards each of us did not grow and develop into a human being, but grew and developed as a human being.

    With many other religious and ethical traditions we believe in upholding the equal and inalienable right to life of a mother and her unborn child in our laws and medical practice. This helps to ensure that women and babies receive the highest standard of care and protection during pregnancy. Indeed, international statistics confirm that Ireland, without abortion, remains one of the safest countries in the world in which to be pregnant and to give birth. This is a position that should continue to be cherished and strengthened in the interests of mothers and unborn children in Ireland.

    For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Brenda Drumm 00353 (0) 87 310 4444

  • Joseph Matthew

    We now know that the death of Savita was cynically exploited by the pro-abortion forces.What we still do not know is the cause of death.

  • In addition to all of the above, she does’nt know what she is talking about. The Irish journalist, Marc Coleman ( probably one of the handful of balanced/professional journalists in Ireland ) forensically interviewd the ” journalist “, Kitty Holland, who broke this ” story “, and it basically transpires that she was making it up as she went along. She was vague about everything. Yet the media, world-wide, ran with this dubious story. Apart from all of this, no one knows the true reason for this womans tragic death. It certainly does’nt say much for Cristina Odone’s powers of reasoning.

  • Nicolas Bellord

    Excellent comments from Lynda and Augustine. What comes across to me is the sheer ignorance of Mrs Odone concerning the Church’s teaching. But is she really so ignorant or does in fact know what it is but is quite happy to misrepresent it?

    By the way we have to await the outcome of the inquiry into this unfortunate lady’s death but there are reports that she died of a particularly virulent form of septicaemia, not treatable by most antibiotics. In such circumstances surgery is to be avoided and as one Indian Doctor is reported as saying if she had an abortion it might have just have killed her two days earlier. But such has escaped the attention of the media as illustrated by Channel 4 news on Tuesday evening when we were told she had made requests for abortion when there now seems to be some doubt whether she ever asked for an abortion during the less than three days she was in hospital prior to surgery being performed to remove the then dead baby.

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