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A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion

10/11/2009 - 13:49 PST

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addition, with respect to an abortion for the cause of protecting the health of the mother, the March 25, 1995, encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae in Articles 58 specifically states,

“It is true that the decision to have an abortion is often tragic and painful for the mother, insofar as the decision to rid herself of the fruit of conception is not made for purely selfish reasons or out of convenience, but out of a desire to protect certain important values such as her own health or a decent standard of living for the other members of the family. Sometimes it is feared that the child to be born would live in such conditions that it would be better if the birth did not take place. Nevertheless, these reasons and others like them, however serious and tragic, can never justify the deliberate killing of an innocent human being.”

The Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church also holds morally and legally responsible states, state legislatures, state legal, political and social institutions, and other persons, political bodies and civil social organizations that neglect their fiduciary moral, legal and social obligations to vote against abortion laws, and who by supporting pro-abortion laws allow for the development of a society that propagates a “culture of death. Articles 2271 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states,

Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,"77 "by the very commission of the offense,"78 and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law.79 The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.

Article 2273 of the Catechism condemns civil legislatures that promulgate pro-abortion laws, and states,

The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation:

"The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being's right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death."80

"The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined. . . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child's rights."81

Consistently affirming the teaching of the Catholic Catechism, Article 60 of Evangelium Vitae also hold legislators and health care centres responsible for the social sin of abortion and states, “…responsibility likewise falls on the legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws, and, to the extent that they have a say in the matter, on the administrators of the health-care centres where abortions are performed.”

What is also so profoundly tragically disturbing about this case of the Monegasque derogation of Catholic ecclesiastical human rights jus cogens—since the Principality is by law a Roman Catholic state and has been for over seven centuries—are the facts that, 1) there was not even one member of the National Council’s twenty-six members who voted for preserving the sanctity of life even in these most hardened cases—it is a political, social and cultural travesty (and a living testament to the true dying soul and spirit of Catholic Monaco, though, difficult to believe)— that there was not one devout believing, practicing Catholic on this National Council with the moral courage to stand for God, his Church and His sacred laws; 2) That the voice of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Monaco, H.E. Msgr. Bernard Barsi, as evidenced by the internet postings of his official statements, was the lone Catholic episcopal voice condemning and advocating against the vote to liberalize abortion in Monaco; and 3) I could find no archived internet evidence of any public outcry against this abortion vote by Monaco’s first ever apostolic ...

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  1. Tina Tan
    5 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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