Zikagate: More Reflections
The recent discussions about the fact that the danger of being raped would justify a nun in taking contraceptives forces me to state a couple of things which, though certainly already shared by my readers, one does not read often.
I do not know in which planet Francis lives. But for a Catholic, the child conceived by the rape of a 45 years old Mother Superior perpetrated by three dozen of angry Muslims is still exactly as worthy, and exactly as worthy of protection as any other child.
This is a self-evident truth. The Unborn does not admit of conditioned support. You support the unborn life, or you don’t. Every child who has been conceived is God’s gift to the world. It is an immense grace. The grace is there, and the gift is there, no matter how bad the circumstances that gave rise to it. The child born of rape does not make the rape acceptable, but this does not mean that the child is less acceptable. The same goes, obviously, for children who are retarded, or malformed, or have whatever other problem.
It chills one’s blood that one has to write these things. Only two generations ago, only a handful of fanatical madmen would have thought otherwise. Nowadays, a journalist poses the question to the Pope whether “As regards avoiding pregnancy, on this issue, can the Church take into consideration the concept of “the lesser of two evils?”, thus assuming that it might be expedient to try to avoid a pregnancy, and the Pope clearly shows that he shares the view of the journalist.
The value of human life has been already fundamentally misunderstood, has been already confused with the birth of a pure breed dog or horse, when the worth of this human life is measured according to the circumstances of his birth, or of the physical characteristics of the newborn. The very idea that it be allowed, yet even charitable, to abort a baby that would be born with malformations or diseases of any sort is deeply, profoundly Nazi. But then again, the concept that the nun should contracept, lest she should be made pregnant via rape is exactly this: the admission that there are lives that on no account, on no account must be allowed to be born. From these examples one understands how abortion flows from contraception: if the idea is that the birth has to be avoided, at some point avoided will it be. The thinking that justifies the legitimacy of contraception in certain circumstances will perforce lead to the justifying of abortion in other limited circumstances; at this point, the floodgates are long open.
Thus, the idea of the “contraceptive nuns” is bonkers in itself. However, the idea is bonkers even from a practical point of view.
Every woman is, theoretically, at risk to be made pregnant by rape. If the principle were accepted that the nuns in the dangerous zone can contracept, where would it end? How long before our enlightened CINOs tell us that the girls in the “inner cities” run the same risk, perhaps mentioning all kind of doctored statistics based on “regret rape”? And if those girls should be helped “like the nuns”, why not any other woman in a poor neighbourhood? Or any woman?
Catholicism is logical. It’s a coherent edifice. When one starts to remove bricks from the wall, the entire wall will end up crumbling down.
Pope Francis has no idea of the edifice. He only sees bricks, and he only sees those bricks his profoundly secular mind trains him to see. This is why he opens his mouth and says things that contradict the very basis of his own (supposed) religion.
Plus, the man has no fear of the Lord at all, and is unable to think in Christian terms. This is why he thinks that an epidemic (heavens, how many much more terrible epidemics has Christianity witnessed? Does the year 1348 says anything to the man?) can lead a Pope to change what the Church has always done, and this is also why he thinks that God makes the earth and his creatures can destroy it in a matter of decades, unless Francis intervenes. The man is secular through and through, and his ignorance and absence of any historical knowledge and perspective will become the stuff of legends.
Zikagate is possibly the worst demonstration of utter ignorance of Catholicism this Pope has given in his already utterly disgraceful career.
Posted on February 24, 2016, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.
You are right about the dignity of every child. However, with the contraception-against-rape scenario, we are not speaking of defending oneself against the child, but against the sperm of the rapist. There is no marital act that should be unitive. However, the Pope was using the contraception-against-rape argument to argue in favor of contraception-against-defective babies. That is a different thing altogether and absolutely immoral.
Who has put in your head these feminist ideas. The child conceived by a rapist is no enemy of yours, or of his mother, or of anyone else. God’s grace, through which only a life can be conceived, can not be seen as the product of this rubbish concept of the “enemy sperm”.
Free yourself of this feminist rubbish. It’s the purest shit of the devil.
Excellent! Perfectly said. Thank you for that post.
That he has dragged Pope Paul VI into this filthy morass makes this latest matter almost unforgivable. Unless Francis has lost his mind, which I doubt. God help him. God help us.
If contraception prevented the rape, we might have a legitimate discussion here about what theologians and philosophers call the principle of double effect.
But it does not. Contraception does not prevent rape; it prevents the child. The rape is evil. The child is not. The nun is still in danger of rape, if she contracepts. So by contracepting, the nun does not prevent the evil in question; she merely prevents the good in question.
She does not prevent the rapist from doing his evil work.
She prevents God from doing his good work.
What more is there to say? The solution to heinous crime is bringing the criminal to justice; not another crime. If someone broke into your house to steal your valuables, would it be justified to torch a neighbor’s house in order to choose the “lesser of two evils”?
Not even a sane secularist could ever think like that….
More on Pope Francis – he has lauded an abortionist as one of the great names of Italy today.
Posted a blog post today, but thanks!
It is now my considered opinion that upon entry into the religious life, men and women should be surgically sterilized to prevent the outcome of an unwanted child in the event that the one or the other should be raped.
The ignorance of this Pope is luckely compensated by the fact that nowadays the voice of the Papacy is hardly relevant anymore. We live in days of chaos in which no one does seem to obey the Pope. Every one does what seems good in his own eyes. So what does it matter what he says? It is simply not interesting. Even the question whether Francis is a true Pope — hotly debated in some circles — has become irrelevant, because the entire institution of the Papacy has lost its authority.
“Every one does what seems good in his own eyes”.
Just kicked out another one who thinks she can remake doctrine according to her own madness.
We live in very stupid time. People don’t accept truth anymore. They make their own.
Contraception does not prevent a child. It prevents the possibility of the child. There is no child when one takes contraceptive measures. The evil is not an attack on the child, but an attack on the nature of the marital act, which must be unitive and open to procreation. This rape is not a marital act.
For heaven’s sake, stop talking nonsense as if you could reinvent doctrine.
You are now not allowed to post anything more until you come to your senses.
Shame on you.
Mary Ann, you conveniently leave out the fact that hormonal contraception and intrauterine devices (which are clearly the ones the pope was talking about, seeing as how a rapist is neither going to take the time, nor have the ‘consideration’ to slip on a prophylactic) are often (OFTEN) abortifacients.
When one can consider sperm an aggressor, nothing is impossible.
YES! And what catocon said too. https://nonvenipacem.com/2016/02/24/morality-is-always-dreadfully-complicated-to-a-man-who-has-lost-all-his-principles/
Here is an extraordinary letter written by a young nun, Sister Lucy Vertrusc, to her mother superior. http://iamproudtobecatholic.com/2015/09/14/letter-from-a-pregnant-nun-who-was-raped/
Right on Mundabor.
And let’s remember, if the prevention of a rape is the issue, and that can be handled by a well armed and trained woman, or a woman who goes out in the company of a well armed and trained man. That is yet another morally acceptable Catholic response that has been denounced by the leaders of our Modernist Catholic culture.
It would be more logical to give the nuns a gun to protect themselves from the horrific rape!!
But as you say, this would be logical.
Idiots don’t do logic.
They do emoting.
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