As an anti-life act contraception is the beginning of the abortion culture – Cardinal Raymond Burke

Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Holy See’s ‘Supreme Court’, has given a frank interview with the Catholic News Service in which he links the acceptance and use of contraception with the ubiquitous abortion culture that has murdered worldwide 1.7 billion babies since the 1970′s. (This appalling statistic of the Silent Holocaust does not include the incalculable billions killed by abortifacient contraceptive pills and devices.)

Cardinal Burke said:

‘Contraception is the beginning of the anti-life movement. It certainly will favor an abortion culture. It takes the nature of the sexual union and violates it in a very significant way by removing the pro-creative aspect which is inherent to the union of man and a woman, the sexual union, the conjugal union.’

The contention is that this act still retains all of its goodness because it is a unitive act. It’s not because the act itself has been so disrupted and violated.

They’re sexually united but they’re not giving themselves completely and totally to one another which is the whole meaning of sexual union.  Because either one or both are eliminating the natural procreativity of the act.

“The truth of the matter is that many forms of contraception are in fact abortifacient they destroy human life at its very beginning so we may not be talking about a different reality.”

Protect the Pope comment: There is either a great deal of ignorance about contraception among Catholics or a great deal of evil. How many Catholic women know that many of the contraceptive pills being prescribed by GPs are abortificient? If they don’t know then responsibility for this tragic ignorance is down to the Pastors of the Church and Catholic schools because we can’t rely on secular GPs to tell the full truth about the nature of the contraceptive pill. If Catholic women do know that the pill they are taking is abortifacient then the act of taking such contraceptive pills is an evil act. (The degree to which it is sinful depends on their freedom to act, and their knowledge, among other things).

Failing to teach Humanae Vitae and Evangelium Vitae from the pulpits and Catholic media isn’t being pastoral, and it definitely isn’t showing Jesus’s love. Heresy isn’t a matter of different opinions, heresy kills, and in this case, it kills innocent babies.The failure of so many bishops, priests and deacons, to teach and preach Humanae Vitae and Evangelium Vitae has contributed to this Catholic collusion in creating this blood-soaked abortion culture. Catholic women should be outraged at this failure of sections of the Church to give them the full knowledge they need to reject abortificient contraceptive pills. How many innocent babies have been killed because Catholic mothers taking the pill didn’t know that the human pesticide they have been taking stopped implantation?

11 comments to As an anti-life act contraception is the beginning of the abortion culture – Cardinal Raymond Burke

  • Tim

    How many Catholic women know that many of the contraceptive pills being prescribed by GPs are abortificient?

    Nelson, Anita L.; Cwiak, Carrie (2011). “Combined oral contraceptives (COCs)”. In Hatcher, Robert A.; Trussell, James; Nelson, Anita L.; Cates, Willard Jr.; Kowal, Deborah; Policar, Michael S. (eds.). Contraceptive technology (20th revised ed.). New York: Ardent Media. pp. 249–341. ISBN 978-1-59708-004-0. ISSN 0091-9721. OCLC 781956734. pp. 257–258:

    Mechanism of action
    COCs prevent fertilization and, therefore, qualify as contraceptives. There is no significant evidence that they work after fertilization. The progestins in all COCs provide most of the contraceptive effect by suppressing ovulation and thickening cervical mucus, although the estrogens also make a small contribution to ovulation suppression. Cycle control is enhanced by the estrogen.
    Because COCs so effectively suppress ovulation and block ascent of sperm into the upper genital tract, the potential impact on endometrial receptivity to implantation is almost academic. When the two primary mechanisms fail, the fact that pregnancy occurs despite the endometrial changes demonstrates that those endometrial changes do not significantly contribute to the pill’s mechanism of action.

    • Karla

      Also, how many doctors or other medical practitioners tell women about the health problems that have been linked to contraceptive and the abortifacient qualities?

    • Richard23

      @Tim: I believe that these drugs are marketed as having an abortifacient effect as a back-up mechanism. There seem to be ample references to this effect on the web. I think the author is mistaken in claiming that because “pregnancy occurs despite the endometrial changes…” etc. Surely it would have been more accurate to say “pregnancy *sometimes* occurs”, which is a more reasonable and a less strong assertion and which does not support her claim.

      • Tim

        I think you are confusing “the Pill” with the “morning after pill” which does have an abortifacient back up mechanism.

        • peter

          I have read the science but i am hopelessly out of my depth so a number of years ago I checked this out with a pharmacologist (not a pharmacist) so things may have changed.
          After her research, she was of the opinion that the pill does at times act as an abortificient. Since that time when discussing with newly weds i have always said that the pill should not be used as a contraceptive.
          However the contraceptive pill is also used, as i understand for some medical conditions. If that is the case my advice was the couple should use barrier contraception otherwise an abortion could unintentionally occur. Of course the couple could abstain from intercourse, but that is unrealistic and unhealthy in my opinion. But i am not an expert in this area!

  • Karla

    I was watching ‘The Big Questions,’ where it was actually being discussed that maybe there should be rationed health care in the NHS for elderly people. If anybody thinks an anti life culture only effects babies in the womb, you may be in for a shock, because the consequences of anti life culture that doesn’t respect life from conception to natural death, may come around in someway to get you as an adult. When people think that life is expendable, whether its through contraception, abortion or, assisted dying, life can be then seen as being expendable for everybody.

    • ms Catholic state

      It’s time for our priests to start preaching this from the pulpits. The conscience of Catholics need to be refined and resensitised again.

      And as someone once said….Contraception is the first line of defence against the Child. Abortion is the second.

  • peter

    I think the most recent survey of priests in England and Wales detailed 60% of priests were against church teaching on contraception and a further 15% unsure. My personal opinion is that barrier methods of family planning are morally neutral, whilst the contraceptive pill can be an abortifacient and is morally unacceptable.

    I do agree that there is a certain ignorance how the contraceptive pill works amongst the clergy.


  • peter

    Hi Karla
    It was not a poll but a survey of priests, both regular and secular, by Msgr. Stephen Louden and Leslie Francis. The survey can be found in ‘The Naked Parish Priest’. The survey has flaws, which the authors articulate very well in their introduction, however as far as I am aware it is the largest survey of its kind in the UK. The main problem with the survey is that it is self selecting and many priests refused to participate because it wasn’t sanctioned by the bishops. I remember it causing a real fuss at the time. i think about 45% of priests who received the survey returned it to the researchers.
    The statistics show that most of our priests are theologically orthodox but when it comes to issues such as contraception, and marriage, divorce and sacraments our clergy either disagree with church teaching (a majority of those polled wanted to admit divorced and remarried Catholics to Holy Communion) or turn a blind eye to people living in irregular relationships.
    I have the book in front of me – it was essential reading at the time, late 1990′s, and researched attitudes to celibacy, laity, church structures, emotional exhaustion, training for the priesthood, marriage,sex, death.


  • Simon

    I would agree that many cathlics are ignorant of what contraceptinve pills, depot injections, implants and the coil does. When raising the issue at marriage preparation courses it is clear that the majority have no idea. The clergy, the laity, parents and teachers need to be educating our young people about this. Whilst I agree that the clergy has a big role in this education it also needs to be taken on board by catholic parents and catechists also have a fundamental role.

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