The Catechism of the Catholic Church 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” (No. 2271).
So do American Catholics embrace Church teachings on sanctity of life issues as expressed in the Catechism? Sadly, no.
Sad poll results
In a 2022 AP-NORC poll, only 36% of Catholics said abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. By contrast, 68% of weekly Mass attendees and 71% of Protestant evangelicals thought abortion should be illegal in most or all cases.
Many reading this, perhaps even you, take a nuanced position, that although you are personally against abortion, you can’t impose your view on others. (Needless to say, the other side has certainly imposed their views on the 65 million babies who have been aborted in the U.S. since the advent of the Roe v Wade decision.)
Almost all reading agree that abortion should be avoided, which begs the question: how do you raise pro-life children?
New 4-part series
Pulse Life Advocates launched a new 4-part series, “How to Raise Pro-Life Children,” to answer the question.
Each episode is concise and clear, ranging from 10 to 15 minutes each. Pulse interviewed moms and dads around the state asking two questions: “How are you raising pro-life children?” or “How did your parents raise you to be pro-life?” Clearly, weekly church attendance is a starting point. Our series builds on this.
You’ll relate to all of the responses, because these moms and dads took different paths. There is not a single way to raise pro-life children. But there are consistent approaches that often overlapped.
Listen to highly regarded sages
We included additional insights from three highly regarded religious and cultural sages, including the late Msgr. Frank Chiodo, in one of his last projects before his death; Catholic radio talk-show host, Dr. Ray Guarendi; and Bill Donaghy of the Theology of the Body Institute.
Abortion disrupts and inhibits family life. Its promoters proclaim abortion to be healthcare. And yet it kills the unborn, ravages women’s bodies, and wounds their souls. There is nothing healthy about abortion. Why do we permit it?
Pulse Life Advocate’s new series, “How to Raise Pro-Life Children,” provides you with a pathway to avoid the future pain and suffering that awaits your children and grand children if they succumb to the lies of abortion. We hope it helps promote Protestant and Catholic teachings on sanctity of life issues with the next generation.
You can view the series at PulseForLife.org. Go to the drop down menu, “what we do,” and select “projects,” where you’ll see this project displayed. Let’s beat the culture of death!
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