Pope’s Speech Tackles Abortion, Euthanasia, Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor, August 16, 2004

Lourdes, France (LifeNews.com) — Despite his failing health and suffering from complications of Parkinson’s disease, Pope John Paul II spoke to more than 300,000 people over the weekend at a Mass in France. He told them to continue to oppose practices such as abortion, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research that destroy human life.

“I appeal urgently to all of you, dear brothers and sisters, to do everything in your power to ensure that life, each and every life, will be respected from conception to its natural end,” the Pope said. Life is a sacred gift, and no one can presume to be its master.”

The Pope has repeatedly spokes out against abortion and euthanasia, but his comments also applied to human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.

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2 thoughts on “Pope’s Speech Tackles Abortion, Euthanasia, Embryonic Stem Cell Research”

  1. From Amy Sullivan in the Washington Monthly

    Hypocrisy Reigns….Shouldn’t it matter that conservatives don’t get exercised at all over pro-choice Republican Catholics in high-profile positions? Sure, from time to time they take on PCRCs (we’ll use the shorthand for simplicity’s sake) like Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, but that’s because they don’t consider them “real” Republicans anyway. When push comes to partisan shove, however, most conservatives appear to be willing to set aside their single-minded campaign to promote the sanctity of life for the sake of some high-wattage pols.

    Look at the line-up for next week’s Republican Convention. On three out of the four evenings, the primetime programming stars a high-profile Republican Catholic who also happens to be pro-choice. Between Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Pataki, their states are responsible for 35 percent of the abortions performed in the U.S. And yet you’ll hear nary a peep of protest about this from the conservative Catholic League, a supposedly “non-partisan” organization that has been frothing in continuous outrage over John Kerry’s pro-choice leanings.

    The dirty little secret about these groups is that they don’t demand that Catholic politicians — who, according to church teaching, should be held to a higher standard because of their visible status — conform to all church positions on issues like the death penalty or war or immigration reform or combatting poverty. And they don’t really care if PCRCs stray from church teaching on abortion (sounds like you need to read Evangelium Vitae a bit more carefully, guys…)

    What they do care about is defeating Democrats. Some of them don’t even try to gloss over that fact. Deal Hudson (the now-disgraced and resigned former head of Catholic outreach for the Bush/Cheney campaign) told the Washington Post last spring that “he believes the denial of Communion should begin, and end, with Kerry.”

    So they’re hypocrites, you say. Thanks for the newsflash, brainiac. So what?

    The so what is that, for whatever reason, journalists listen to these guys. Remember last spring, when John Kerry couldn’t take a step without some reporter trying to examine his molars for evidence of unswallowed communion host? The issue of whether or not Kerry should, as a pro-choice Catholic, take communion was pressed by conservative Catholics with a partisan agenda and it was wholeheartedly accepted as a relevant story by most major news outlets.

    How many reporters do you think are going to ask Rudy Giuliani or George Pataki or Arnold Schwarzenegger if they should refrain from taking communion? Or will call up the bishops of these men and ask whether these PCRCs should be denied communion? Shouldn’t it be a story that Republicans get a pass for the sole reason that they are Republicans? And that certain conservative Catholic organizations only care about abortion when they can use the issue to knock around Democrats?

    The silence coming out of the Catholic League regarding the prominence of a bunch of heretical babykillers at the GOP Convention is simply deafening. Perhaps they’re still busy defending Hudson, who — according to a press release issued by the group last week — has been unfairly maligned when all he did was have sex with a “drunk” who was clearly asking for it. Nice.

    Next time reporters are tempted to let these guys drive the story, they should think twice. And while they’re at it, they might want to turn the tables and write about the partisan involvement of supposedly neutral religious figures. Until then, we’ll keep our ears perked for a hypocrisy watch next week. I’m sure the protests by angry pro-life Catholics just haven’t been announced yet…

  2. Dean,
    You are on the wrong site again. No one here has given any slack to any of these Republican pro-death guys. If you want to take on the Catholics, go to a Catholic site, but before you do, remember that the other Catholic Church positions you mention are not considered of the same magnitude as abortion–a fact which has been mentioned countless times in posts I have seen directed to you.

    The fact that there are pro-death republicans merely strengthens my thesis that both parties are morally bankrupt and real solutions to problems have to be sought outside the political sphere entirely.

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