Last Sunday on “Meet the Press,” Speaker of the House and “devout” Catholic Nancy Pelosi answered the question of when life begins by grossly distorting the Catholic stance on abortion. Pelosi said that abortion and life’s beginning have been controversial issues for centuries, and proceeded to contort Catholic history by saying that the church has only recently believed that life begins at conception and has therefore been anti-abortion for about 50 years. Her excuse for abortion is that humans have a “free will and responsibility”, which she believes gives a woman the right to choose whether or not a child deserves life. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver paints quite another picture: “…some of the Early (Church) Fathers held that abortion was homicide; others that it was tantamount to homicide; and various scholars theorized about when and how the unborn child might be animated or ‘ensouled.’ But none diminished the unique evil of abortion as an attack on life itself, and the early Church closely associated abortion with infanticide. In short, from the beginning, the believing Christian community held that abortion was always, gravely wrong.” Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C, agrees, saying, “The current teaching of the Catholic Church on human life and abortion is the same teaching as it was 2,000 years ago. From the beginning, the Catholic Church has respected the dignity of all human life from the moment of conception to natural death.”
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