Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Catholics, Abortion and the Iraq War: A Pro-Life Priest's View

By Father Frank Pavone
Many ask whether one can be a good Catholic or be pro-life and support the war. The answer is yes, which is to say that Catholic and pro-life teaching do allow for circumstances in which war is justified, because sometimes war has to be waged precisely for the defense of life. Even when war is justified, life is always lost in the process. But innocent life is never targeted, and that makes all the difference in the world. How many innocent lives, and how many children, have been deliberately targeted for destruction in the current war? By comparison, every abortion deliberately targets and destroys a child; otherwise, it isn't even an abortion. And do not miss the profound difference with abortion. There is no room for interpretations or evaluations of whether abortion may be justified. It cannot be, because its very essence is the deliberate targeting and destruction of a child. In war, we do not target a single child, whereas every abortion targets a child. Catholic teaching allows more than one position on war, but it does not allow more than one position on abortion.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


What part of THOU SHALT NOT KILL don't you understand you moron!?

Yeesh.. grab a gun and get yourself over there you dumbass.. maybe you'll get yourself blown up real good..

4:21 PM  
Blogger David said...

Brother, if I could I would go to Iraq so to stop a fanatic from killing innocent Iraqis or worse from killing Americans here in our country. Trust me, I would if I could.

10:59 AM  

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