Priests Group Asks Catholic Leaders to Re-Read Key Pro-Life Document
by Steven Ertelt
July 21, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — An association for Catholic priests is urging Catholic leaders and parishioners to re-read a key pro-life document that spells out the Church’s teachings against abortion. The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy recently concluded its annual meeting and celebrated the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae.
That’s the encyclical from Paul VI that articulates a strong defense of the pro-life position and CCC is asking every deacon, priest and bishop to re-read the document and urge others to do the same.
At its national meeting in Baltimore last week, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer of Human Life International and Fr. Peter West of Priests for Life were speakers.
"They discussed the perennial truths taught in Humanae Vitae, namely, that human life is sacred from the first moment of conception until natural death and that it is gravely immoral to separate the unitive (love) and procreative (life) ends of conjugal love," the group told LifeNews.com in a statement.
"Hence, abortion, contraception, in vitro fertilization, et al. are considered sinful and immoral and to be avoided," the group added.
Fortunately, the group believes dissent from Humanae Vitae, which was in vogue in the late 1960’s, is on the decline in Catholicism since the pontificates of John Paul II and now Benedict XVI.
"While sometimes a difficult teaching to embrace and maintain, it is nevertheless the only means to uphold the natural law and to safeguard the sanctity of the human person," the group explained.
"The CCC challenges all its brother clergy to teach, explain and defend this most timely encyclical," the group added.
The organization also pledged support for all bishops who confront and deny communion to unrepentant Catholic politicians who support abortion, if prior attempts to enlighten their consciences fail.
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