Originally Posted by Therese's Mommy
The Church says abortion is wrong, but it is not saying that women must die to bear children. If it were found that the mother would die if she continued to carry her baby the Church would find nothing wrong with a child being born prematurely. You deliver the baby at the last possible moment and then you attempt to save the baby. Why should the baby be actively killled? If a woman was found to have a tubal pregnancy the Church does not say she needs to keep that baby in the tube until it bursts and she dies...that would be absurd. If it requires the removal of the tube to save the mother than that is ok. This kills the baby, but that is certainly not the intent and if anything could be done to help that baby (there isn't in this case) it should be done. Nowhere does the Church say a woman must die to bear children. But, there are heroic women out there who do...not everyone is called to that. But don't get me wrong, the Church would only find this licit in grave situations and by grave I mean that the mother would lose her life.
I just would like to make a suggestion for those who find the Church repulsive. Go to your local bookstore and buy the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Many things that you hate about the Church are brought about by your misunderstanding of the Church's teaching. This is often brought about by your being misinformed by a misinformed lay Catholic or priest. The Church's teaching on everything is clearly laid out in the Catechism. Any stance that is proported to be Catholic and is not in agreement with what is in the Cathechism is not Catholic. I think that many of you would be surprised about why the Church teaches what it does...especially in the realm of sexuality.
I think you may have misread the conversation here - or you are being deliberately obtuse and offensive.
This is what is so aggravating with these dicussion - there are always some "participants" that misconstrue events and end up sounding like sanctimonius PITAs. I own the Catechism and have 16 years of Catholic education under my belt - that incudes 4 years at a Jesuit University. While I may not be a professional theologian, I am very well acquainted with Catholic dogma and doctrine. And I *still* disagree with some of it. So, you can quit with the pearl clutching and deal with the fact that not every Catholic falls in lockstep with Rome.
Seriously, I hope some of you are not in ministry because I would hate for a person, struggling with their faith, to come across some of the attitudes I've seen in here.
An unexamined faith is not worth practicing.