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Old 22nd December 2010, 04:26 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Here is the USCCB statement from the Committee on Doctrine condemning direct abortion, and distinguishing it from indirect abortion: (PDF)

And here is the statement from the Bishop of Phoenix condemning the hospital in question for performing direct abortions in cases of rape, incest, and where the life of the mother is in danger, for performing direct sterilizations, and for distributing contraception. (PDF)

The document lists these three reasons for stating that the hospital is no longer Catholic and may no longer call itself Catholic:

Contraceptive counseling, medications, supplies and associated medical and laboratory examinations, including, but not limited to, oral and injectable contraceptives, intrauterine devices, diaphragms, condoms, foams and suppositories;

Voluntary sterilization (male and female); and

Abortions due to the mental or physical health of the mother or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

Notice that both abortifacient contraception and mere contraception is condemned, and without regard to whether or not the patients were married or single, Catholic or non-Catholic. It is never moral to commit an intrinsically evil act, nor to formally cooperate with an intrinsically evil act.

Also, it is commonly said in secular society, esp. among politicians, that abortion should be permitted in cases or rape, incest, and danger to the life of the mother. To the contrary, Catholic teaching states that all direct abortion is gravely immoral.
Ron Conte
Roman Catholic theologian
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