Nothing has changed in Church teaching about abortion, contraception and gay marriage – Archbishop Chaput

Archbishop Chaput has stressed that “nothing has changed” in the Church’s teaching regarding abortion, contraception and same-sex marriages following the confusion about Church doctrine and discipline after Pope Francis’ interviews. The Archbishop of Philadelphia emphasized that ‘the right to life remains the “foundational” issue facing the culture.’ The Archbishop writes:

‘This is why the right to life is not merely one among many urgent issues, but rather thefoundational one.  It provides the cornerstone for a whole architecture of human dignity.  Nothing has changed in recent months or years in Catholic thinking about the sanctity of human life.  Nor can it.”

Archbishop Chaput writes in Catholicphilly.com:

Exactly 15 years ago this fall, America’s bishops issued a pastoral letter called Living the Gospel of LifeEven today, with the passage of time, this remains no ordinary Church text.  I believed then, and I believe now, that it’s the best document ever issued by the U.S. bishops on the priorities of Catholic engagement in our nation’s public life.  In writing it, the bishops sought to apply Pope John Paul II’s great encyclical Evangelium Vitae to the American situation.  The heart of their statement, paragraph No. 23, stresses that:

“Opposition to abortion and euthanasia does not excuse indifference to those who suffer from poverty, violence and injustice. Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing, and health care. Therefore, Catholics should eagerly involve themselves as advocates for the weak and marginalized in all these areas. Catholic public officials are obliged to address each of these issues as they seek to build consistent policies which promote respect for the human person at all stages of life.

“But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. Indeed, the failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community. If we understand the human person as the ‘temple of the Holy Spirit’ — the living house of God — then these latter issues fall logically into place as the crossbeams and walls of that house. All direct attacks on innocent human life, such as abortion and euthanasia, strike at the house’s foundation. These directly and immediately violate the human person’s most fundamental right — the right to life. Neglect of these issues is the equivalent of building our house on sand.  Such attacks cannot help but lull the social conscience in ways ultimately destructive of other human rights.”

This is why the right to life is not merely one among many urgent issues, but rather thefoundational one.  It provides the cornerstone for a whole architecture of human dignity.  Nothing has changed in recent months or years in Catholic thinking about the sanctity of human life.  Nor can it.  As America’s bishops have stressed so many times, we have an obligation to work for human dignity at every stage and in every circumstance of human life.  Here in Philadelphia, our Catholic social ministries model that dedication to the poor and disadvantaged in an extraordinary way.

But when we revoke legal protection for unborn children – when we accept the intimate violence abortion inflicts both on women and their unborn children; when we license and sacralize abortion as part of what Pope Francis calls a “throw away culture” — we violate the first and most important human right, the right to life itself.  And once we do that, and then create a system of alibis to justify it, we begin to put every other human and civil right at risk.

October is national Respect Life Month.  It’s a good time to remember the preciousness of all human life, beginning in the womb and continuing through natural death.

There are really two tragedies in every abortion: the killing of an unborn child; and the killing of an opportunity to love.  God made us to be better than that.’

Protect the Pope comment: The media have leapt on Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff remarks in media interviews and treated them as magisterial pronouncements which they are most definitely not. They have then gone a step further, and in this sound bite culture have distorted and misrepresented his words to fit their attacks on Church teaching and life. Now bishops around the world are seeking to  undo this mess by re-stating the Church’s unchanging teaching on abortion, contraception and gay marriage, and re-assuring any Catholics who has been unsettled and confused. Earlier in the week we had Archbishop Nichols, now we have Archbishop Chaput.

http://catholicphilly.com/2013/10/think-tank/weekly-message-from-archbishop-chaput/living-the-gospel-of-life/

 

 

4 comments to Nothing has changed in Church teaching about abortion, contraception and gay marriage – Archbishop Chaput

  • Wake up England

    Good.

    So may we now have an explanation of why the Irish bishops are not doing their jobs by proclaiming the Catholic Faith?

    Their silence becomes more outrageously scandalous every day the silence continues.

  • Joseph Matthew

    I think that Archbishop Chaput has more than the media in mind. There is an auxillary bishop in the US who,carried away by the spirit of Francis, has said that poverty is morally equivalent to abortion.Chaput, the natural law and common sense disagree with this.

  • Michael B Rooke

    The issue is discussed in an interview with Canon Lawyer Fr. Luis Navarro.
    Professor Navarro said

    “I agree some, or even many, marriages are truly null and therefore should be declared null. But what we cannot accept is to declare null a valid marriage. During the last century there was a deeper understanding of marriage and this is reflected in the 1983 Code of Canon Law: there is not only a better understanding of marriage as such, of the marriage consent, but also of the grounds of nullity. Some marriages are null but others are not. The nullity has to be proven. In some cases this won’t be possible, because the marriage is valid…

    People also need to pray for the future synod which has to handle all these issues and give some pastoral guidelines.
    From a canon law perspective, there can be a very practical contribution: to speed up the process of declarations of nullity. This can be done. It is the responsibility of marriage tribunals to process, in a smoother way, evidence of the validity or invalidity of the marriage. To reduce the length of the process so that spouses can know in a shorter time if their marriage was null and if it was, proceed to a second wedding, would be a great service. It is not only an issue of procedure but it depends also on how many people work in tribunals. Some tribunals lack personnel and cannot handle pending cases in a short time.

    Canon law and also canon lawyers working in tribunals are at the service of truth. Any improvement in order to serve better the people of God is welcome. But the improvement cannot go against the truth…”

    Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/canon-lawyer-reflects-on-archbishop-muellers-article?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NCRegisterDailyBlog+National+Catholic+Register#When:2013-10-25%2020:32:01#ixzz2ivtGgUvt

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