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A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion

10/11/2009 - 13:49 PST

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Nations they are addressed on the Government of Monaco’s website listing Press Releases under “Archives Humanitarian and Caritative” see the entry for 12/5/2009 titled,

“Monaco Before the Human Rights Council” ($/1DB9906C9CBB8779C12575B3005BF7D9GB?OpenDocument&1GB).

This negligence of the Principality in failing to establish a national human rights institution and human rights rule of law protection mechanism is morally inconsistent with the Principality’s membership in the United Nations (which it has held since 1993), an international human rights organization and its centuries-old status as an official Roman Catholic sovereign state since the sine qua none and sui generis diplomatic role of the Roman Catholic Church is the promotion of a human rights diplomacy of conscience. The Principality of Monaco, as an official Roman Catholic sovereign state, that is also an official member of the United Nations, maintains a dual fiduciary obligation of regulatory and transparent compliance with both the international human rights rule of law as promulgated by the United Nations, and simultaneously with the ecclesiastical human rights rule of law and doctrine as promulgated by the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. According to its own Mission to the United Nations website’s webpage on “Participation,” “Monaco's international priorities are articulated around two principal themes: the defense and promotion of human rights (and more specifically the rights of the child) and sustainable development.” The Catholic Monegasque Parliament’s unanimous vote to liberalize abortion egregiously violates Monaco’s moral, legal and diplomatic fiduciary obligation to effect social justice with respect to both of these —its own determined-- sustaining social developmental issues. This is especially disturbing since Monaco is a member of both the UN’s Committee for Sustaining Development and its Committee for Social Development.

This egregious state of ecclesiastical human rights legal affairs in Monaco is of critical legal, moral, religious and diplomatic significance because the Constitution of the Principality of Monaco, promulgated on December 17, 1962 and revised in 2002, states in Article 9 that, “La religion catholique, apostolique et romaine est religion d'Etat.” Translated, this reads that, “the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman religion is the religion of the state.” The inclusion of Article 9 in the Constitution of the Principality of Monaco allows the precepts and doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church to exert a powerful command authority over the culture, life and laws of the sovereign state of Monaco, thus officially subjugating the law of the state of the Principality to the law of the ecclesial nation-state of the Roman Catholic Church. Therefore all the laws of the Principality of Monaco, including the articles of its penal and civil codes, must be in conformity with Monaco’s constitution, and thus, also in conformity with the ecclesiastical laws and moral doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. This rule of Monegasque jurisprudence foremost includes the ecclesiastical human rights rules of law of the Universal Church of Rome, as well, which bans all forms of abortion. Thus, Monaco’s new law liberalizing abortion in what are traditionally known as “hard cases” is a de facto and de jure unconstitutional law, and a law derogating from the most fundamental Catholic legal principle on the sanctity of human life. Considering that the Catholic Church’s ecclesiastical moral and legal doctrine on the sanctity of human life is a peremptory norm of fundamental Catholic ecclesiastical human rights rule of law known as ecclesiastical jus cogens (i.e. a compelling ecclesiastical law) of the Universal Church of Rome from which no Catholic in any circumstance may derogate, on its face, this law, thus, automatically resulted in the formal excommunication "latae sententiae" [automatically incurred at the moment of the act], by the Holy See of every member of the Monegasque National Council who is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Teachings of the Catholic Church on abortion are made explicit in The Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church , Articles 2270-2273. Article 2271 definitively states,
Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.75

God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.76

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  1. Tina Tan
    4 years ago

    I believe the Catholic church should be passionate in NOT OPPOSING family planning, including artificial birth control, as doing so have resulted to countless abortions. They are indirectly responsible for millions of abortions as a result of the anti-contraceptive stand.

  2. Joe
    5 years ago

    Thank you for keeping us informed about the Church in Monaco. As much as recent trends have pained me, I love Monaco and find its history fascinating but all to often the Catholic aspect is ignored. I am very appreciative of these important articles about Monaco's relation with the Catholic Church, be it bad news or good news I am glad it is being told.

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