Mallon's Media Watch

Mallon's Media Watch

Monday, October 13, 2003


My Question to Peter Vere (see link below).

The Declaration On Procured Abortion (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, November 18, 1974) states:

"22. It must in any case be clearly understood that whatever may be laid down by civil law in this matter, man can never obey a law which is in itself immoral, and such is the case of a law which would admit in principle the liceity of abortion. Nor can he take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it. Moreover, he may not collaborate in its application. It is, for instance, inadmissible that doctors or nurses should find themselves obliged to cooperate closely in abortions and have to choose between the law of God and their professional situation."


Peter, I have often wondered about the enforcement of this section of this CDF document. If one may not "take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it... or may not collaborate in its application. It is, for instance, inadmissible that doctors or nurses should find themselves obliged to cooperate closely in abortions and have to choose between the law of God and their professional situation" what are the penalties if one does so? Pro-abort polititians vote for it in the course of legislating it. One may assume they incur Latiae Sententiae excommunication. You say doctors and nurses incur automatic excommunication, (Latiae Sententiae), but then you say the competent ecclesiastical authority need only declare it. I thought the whole point of automatic excommunication was that it didn't need to be declared.

Do you mean it must be declared in order for the offender to be refused the Sacraments?

I always assumed the reason Communion was not refused (say to Ted Kennedy or John Kerry, when the TV cameras were on), was because of the possibility, however remote, that they may have confessed and repented that morning but hadn't put out the press release and the bishop or priest is required to presume good faith. Comment?

John

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