Exactly what qualifies you to speak for the Catholic Church on abortion and conscience. You basically stated that the unpopularity of the church’s position on contraception proves that it is wrong. Have you even read the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 7 verses 13-14? “ Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”. These are the words of Jesus Christ.
Where in the gospels or Bible does it say that the Church is supposed to be popular? When was Jesus concerned about popularity? Didn’t He warn us that we would be rejected because of our beliefs?
Verse 15 also applies. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Might those words not apply to you, Nancy Pelosi, Tim Kaine and Joe Biden?
The purpose of the Church is to lead people to salvation to help them find the narrow gate and reach heaven. It can not change its teachings to please the crowd or satisfy a political party. They have to be true to the teachings of Christ and the Bible.
I find your statements about conscience interesting because I spent over 40 years in Catholic schools as both a student and teacher and have been privileged to know several clergy and sisters who followed their conscience to do what was right. Some went to march at Selma. Others were arrested in protest of the Vietnam War and President Reagan’s nuclear policy. Others helped illegal immigrants who fled the death squads in El Salvador. They followed their conscience and opposed what they believed were unjust government policies. Following this tradition and that of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More shouldn’t we be following our conscience and resisting the abortion policies of our government rather than supporting them.
You talk about individual conscience but have you actually read what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about conscience. It is incredibly easy. All you have to do is google Catechism of the Catholic Church and one of the choices it gives you is Catechism of the Catholic Church 1776. 1776 is the first paragraph related to conscience. You ought to actually read it and I invite you and everyone who may read this to actually read it.
Take a good look at paragraphs 1790 and 1791. They read as following: 1790 A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.
1791 This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man “takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin.”59 In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.
They are talking about erroneous judgment. It is much more likely for you to be wrong about abortion than the Catholic Church and you personally, your organization, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Tim Kaine are responsible for misleading and deceiving many Catholics about the Church’s teachings. The Church has been clear on its teachings related to life issues but you get much more coverage than our bishops.
Again who are you to speak for the Catholic Church? To me you’re no better than Cardinal Woolsey who betrayed the Church and helped Henry VIII to take England out of the Church. Over the centuries hundreds of thousands of Catholics have given their lives for the Church you have betrayed.
Think about that and the fact that God will be the final judge, not the crowd, not Hillary or President Obama.