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Q 1. Recently, I heard a young Catholic woman who was being interviewed on television in North America on the subject of abortion. When asked by the reporter if she supported abortions, she answered, "I think abortions are a good thing, especially for the youth who have made mistakes." In the eyes of the Catholic Church, what is the status of a Catholic person who makes this kind of statement?

A. 1. First of all, I would like to point out this is a common answer found among many North Americans Catholic who are defiant of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Secondly, by her comment, this Catholic woman is affirming and promoting,

A) Disobedience to Catholic teachings, to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

B) By her anti-Catholic statement, she has failed as a baptized person and "true witness of Christ, to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." (C.C.C. # 1285) Perfectly bound to the Church and enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation, she should be defending the Catholic teachings, not opposing them.

C) Her affirmation promotes sexual promiscuity. The Catholic Church teaches that "The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose." (C.C.C. # 2352)

D) Her affirmation clearly indicates that she has lost the indwelling of the Holy Spirit since she no longer possess the fruits of the Spirit. "The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: "charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity." [Gal 5:22-23 (Vulg.); C.C.C. # 736] (C.C.C. # 1832)

Her affirmation opposes all the teachings of the Catholic Church on the subject of chastity, these being found under numbers 2338 to 2349 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

E) She is promoting abortion as a substitute to self-control, murder versus the chaste life.

F) Not only is she promoting one abortion, but numerous abortions for the youth who have made mistakes. This clearly implies that if they have not learned from their first mistake, maybe they will learn from their second mistake (second abortion), their third mistake or even their fourth mistake.

G) Her statement opposes and publicly defies all the teachings of the Catholic Church on the subject of abortion. On this subject, the Catholic Church states:

"Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae," [CIC, can. 1398] "by the very commission of the offense," [CIC, can. 1314] and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. [Cf. CIC, cann. 1323-1324] The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society." (C.C.C. # 2272)

By her public statement, this person has shown that she formally cooperates with those who promote or participate in a completed abortion. The moment one person procures a completed abortion as a result of the influence of this Catholic woman's comment, this Catholic woman will have incurred excommunication latae sententiae, an automatic excommunication for her role in the completed abortion. "A penalty is for the most part ferendae sententiae, that is, not binding upon the offender until it has been imposed. It is, however, latae sententiae, so that it is incurred automatically upon the commission of an offence, if a law or precept expressly lays this down." (Canon Law # 1314)

H) Having been excommunicated from the Catholic Church, this person will no longer be permitted to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist that feeds spiritual life to the soul.

I) In conclusion, one cannot serve two masters, the Lord Jesus and the Prince of darkness, Satan himself. One is guilty of the crime of another person when (1) he advises someone to sin, (2) he consents to someone's sin, (3) he praises someone to sin, (4) he enjoys the result of someone's sin, and (5) he defends someone's sin.

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