June 8, 2018

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We must confront, put an end to stain of abortion on our country’s soul

For believers in the sanctity of innocent human life in the womb, an ongoing descent into moral depravity somehow seems to know no bounds.

The world recently witnessed the national referendum rejection of an existing constitutional amendment in Ireland banning abortion by a two-to-one margin.

This travesty was then followed by an Iowa judge’s order blocking a state law forbidding abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected—apparently in response to the argument that such a restriction is unconstitutional!

Earlier this year, Criterion columnist Father Tad Pacholczyk took note of legal actions brought against physicians who dare to “allow” the birth of a potentially imperfect infant. Such actions almost mirror the sickening arguments of certain prominent bioethicists who have suggested that if an attempted—but failed—abortion procedure was somehow “ethically permissible,” then the post-delivery killing (murder) of the still-living infant is justified because the “moral status” of the infant is only comparable to that of a fetus!

Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion on demand, the U.S. has now eliminated almost 60 million innocent human lives whose lost potential is known only to God.

Surely this nation—blessed beyond any others by God—must confront and put an end to this abominable stain on the national soul.

- David A. Nealy | Greenwood

Moral truth cannot be decided by vote or popular consent, reader says

I was deeply saddened by the recent pro-abortion vote in Ireland.

I’m all for separation of Church and state, but you can’t decide moral truth by vote or popular consent.

Catholics in Ireland and elsewhere should respect the tradition, history and authority of the Church when it comes to such issues.

Jesus never threw Bibles into the crowd, and said “Use this and make up your own mind. All positions are viable.”

This attitude was the basis of the Protestant Reformation. Look where that got us.

- Sonny Shanks | Corydon

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