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The rejection of infant infanticide before birth is part of the inalienable silverware of the Catholic Church. Thus, ZdK President Ermi Stetter-Carp’s call to make abortions available across the board is not a teacup storm, but a serious problem that threatens the informal committee and threatens to delegitimize it.

Denying the obvious

We humans belong to a strange species. With great insolence we are able to deny even the obvious. And so persistently and so persistently that sometimes it leaves you speechless. However, once you find them again, you will have to say: there is hardly anything so absurd as the idea that killing a completely defenseless and innocent person can be something that can be given to someone on appeal for anything. The same applies to the idea that Catholics can tolerate this, wherever it occurs, or even leave it unchallenged. However, the demand for nationwide expansion of abortion facilities by the highest representative of German Catholicism is knocking the bottom out of the entire barrel to the brink of absurdity.

do not kill

Even early Christians were aware of the prohibition of abortion. In Doctrina duodecim apostolorum, the “Doctrine of the Twelve Apostles” of early Christian writing, whose origin is mostly traced back to the first century by scholars and in which some see the first order of the Church in Christendom, the biblical commandment “Thou shalt not kill” and explains: “There are two ways, One is the way of life, and the other is the way of death, and there is a great difference between them … According to the principle of education: Do not kill. … Do not drop a child and do not kill the newborn … The way of death is: … Do not pity the poor, do not suffer with The afflicted, they do not acknowledge. O Creator, they kill their own children and abort the creatures of God, and drive out the needy, and persecute the wretched, and they are advocates of the rich and unjust of the poor; they are full of sin. All these keep guilt away!” And not only somewhere below, but already in The second chapter, where duties towards the lives and property of others are dealt with.

Church teacher Tertullian (about 160-220), who came from Carthage and was the first to write in Latin instead of Greek, says in his major work “Apologeticum”, published in 197: “But we may, for murder excommunicated us once and for all, not to destroy Even the fetus in the womb while the blood is still sucking to form a human. Preventing childbirth is nothing but an acceleration of killing, and it doesn’t matter whether one snatches a life already born or one in the process has destroyed childbirth. What will become a human is already a human being; after all, all A fruit that is already in its seed.”

Established by church law

To what extent the consistent rejection of infanticide before birth is essential and indispensable for Catholics can also be seen from the way canon law recognizes it: it can. 1397 of the Canon Law Code (CIC): “Anyone who has an abortion shall be punished with excommunication as soon as it is carried out.” This means nothing less than that those engaged in abortion are immediately deprived of the communion of the Church by act and are no longer entitled to receive the sacraments and sacraments. In addition, they may not hold any church office or perform church services until the excommunication is lifted.

The teaching body of the Church has repeatedly taken a clear position on abortion. For example, Pope Pius XII. In the encyclical “Casti connubii” of December 31, 1930, the “leaders and legislators of the state” must not forget that it is up to the power of the state to protect innocent lives through appropriate laws and punishments, and moreover the life of the least endangered can protect itself. And here comes the children that the mother still carries under her heart first.” The Pope reminds politicians that they will also have to justify their actions, adding: “If the public authorities do not deprive these little ones of protection on their own, but leave them, through their laws and regulations, in the hands of doctors and others, let them kill them.” Or they deliver it, then remember that God is the judge and guardian of the innocent blood that cries from the earth to the sky” (73).

vile crime

In his book, Pope Saint Paul VI. On December 7, 1965, in the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World “Joy and Hope,” the Second Vatican Council describes infanticide before birth as “a despicable crime.” Under the title “Strengthening the Dignity of Marriage and the Family,” it says in the first chapter: “God, the Lord of life, has entrusted man with the task of preserving life, which must be fulfilled in a humane manner. Therefore, life is to protect them with the utmost care from pregnancy. Abortion and infanticide are heinous crimes. “. “The moral character of an action depends not only on good intentions and an evaluation of motives, but also on objective standards resulting from human nature and actions that determine the full meaning of mutual fidelity and the true meaning of mutual fidelity. Human reproduction in true love.” Against the background of these principles, “Children of the Church are not allowed to follow the methods of birth control which the magisterium rejects in interpreting the divine law.” Moreover: “Let everyone remember: human life and the task of passing it on are not only appropriate for this time, and therefore can not only be measured and understood from there, but always have to do with the eternal destiny of people” (No 51).

shameful decision

In the Encyclical Humanae Vitae of 25 July 1968, Paul VI. More clearly and in it he explains unequivocally: “The direct termination of a conception initiated, and especially direct abortion, even if it is carried out for therapeutic purposes, is not a legitimate method of limiting the number of children, and therefore must be absolutely rejected” (No. 14).

Pope Saint John Paul II, whose teaching on “theology of the body” must be understood as a commentary on “human biography,” says in the Encyclical Biography of the Evangelicals of March 25, 1995: “With Peter and his successors therefore, by the authority which Christ bestowed upon me, I affirm, in conjunction with the bishops of the Catholic Church, that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always a grave moral crime.” He went on to say, “A deliberate decision to deprive an innocent man of his life is always morally shameful and can never be tolerated, either as an end or as a means to a good end. It is really dangerous to disobey man. The moral law, even for God himself, is its author and guarantor; it is It goes against the basic virtues of justice and love” (No. 57).

kill unarmed

“The moral danger of a premeditated abortion is evident in its ‘full truth when one realizes’ that it is a matter of murder, especially when one takes into account the special circumstances which characterize it. A human being is killed here, which is just beginning to live, that is to say, the most innocent thing Imaginable: they cannot be considered an aggressor, and certainly not an unjust aggressor! The cries and cries of the newborn, wholly entrusted with the protection and care of him who bears him in her lap, but sometimes it is the mother who decides to kill him, demands it and even performs it.”

“Certainly,” John Paul II continued, “the decision to have an abortion often takes on a dramatic and distressing character for the mother when the decision to abandon the fruit of the pregnancy is not made for purely selfish and appropriate reasons, but because some important goods must be preserved, such as one’s health or a decent standard of living for family members.” others. At any rate, these and other similar reasons, however serious and dramatic, may justify the willful extermination of an innocent man” (No. 58).

life for God

John Paul II says: “Life, especially human life,” “belongs to God alone: ​​therefore he who seeks human life seeks God’s life” (No. 9). Moreover, as the Pope wrote in the preface: “The Gospel of God’s Love for Man, the Gospel of Human Dignity and the Gospel of Life” is “one indivisible Gospel” (No. 2), then, Catholics’ uncompromising commitment to the protection of human life is not a luxury that their representatives can In public dispense with it. It is much more at the heart of the mission and the constant silverware of the Church. Anyone who thinks they can do without it cannot be a Catholic and has to draw the necessary conclusions. If you want to remain Catholic, you can’t compromise when it comes to protecting your life. And whoever asks for it can only be granted: “non-possumos”.

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