A Texas Archbishop Slaps Down “Catholics” for Choice!

Deal W. Hudson
September 13, 2016

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio has shown the kind of leadership so badly needed in this election season.  When the oxymoronic Catholics of Choice published an advertisement in the San Antonio newspaper (September 12), Archbishop Garcia-Siller answered with the following broadside. This statement has the ring of a bishop who has had enough of the nonsense and wants to set the record straight. Thank you Archbishop Garcia-Siller! (Italics are added for emphasis.)

ARCHDIOCESE RESPONDS TO CATHOLICS FOR CHOICE ADVERTISEMENT IN SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

An organization called Catholics for Choice placed a full-page advertisement in the Sept. 12 edition of the San Antonio Express-News with inaccurate information which must be corrected, since it misrepresents the truth and what the Catholic Church believes and teaches.

This misrepresentation is demonstrated by their statement that “Public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Before responding to claims made by Catholics for Choice in “Abortion in Good Faith,” it should be noted that this group does not speak for the Catholic Church. The group undertook a similar media campaign in the state of Colorado just two years ago, and the bishops there also responded in reiterating authentic Catholic social teaching and the consistent ethic of life.

For more than 2,000 years, the Church has steadfastly proclaimed that respect for all human life at every stage is foundational to the Catholic faith. Abortion from the earliest tradition of the Church has been considered immoral.

The Catholic Church’s position on abortion is clear. In the magisterial document “Donum Vitae” (The Gift of Life), the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith affirmed that, “The human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception; and therefore from that same moment his rights as a person must be recognized, among which in the first place is the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life,” (Sec I.1) Direct abortion, or the intentional killing of a human being living in the womb, is always seriously immoral because as persons the right-to-life is the most basic and fundamental right we possess.

It is our hope that one day Catholics for Choice will take the time to acquaint themselves with basic Catholic teachings, and acknowledge the truth of the Catholic faith, and not choose to misrepresent her teachings with false and inaccurate information and ads that only work to confuse and mislead the public. Upholding the sacred dignity of all human life is the duty of every member of society and this duty must be taken seriously in order to ensure that we are a part of a culture that affirms the right to life for all, especially the most vulnerable among us.

LA ARQUIDIOCESIS DE SAN ANTONIO RESPONDE A UN ANUNCIO DE CATHOLICS FOR CHOICE EN SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Una organización denominada Catholics for Choice puso un anuncio de plana completa en el periódico San Antonio Express-News el 12 de septiembre con información errónea que debe ser corregida, ya que tergiversa la verdad y lo que la Iglesia Católica cree y enseña. Esta tergiversación se demuestra con su declaración de que “La financiación pública para el aborto es un valor católico de justicia social”. Nada puede estar más alejado de la verdad.

Antes de responder a afirmaciones hechas por Catholics for Choice en “Abortion in Good Faith”, debe hacerse notar que este grupo no habla en nombre de la Iglesia Católica. El grupo emprendió una campaña de medios similar en el estado de Colorado apenas hace dos años y los Obispos allá también respondieron reiterando la auténtica enseñanza social católica y la coherente ética de vida.

Por más de 2,000 años la Iglesia ha proclamado categóricamente que el respeto a toda vida humana en cada etapa es fundamental para la fe católica. Desde la más antigua tradición de la Iglesia, el aborto ha sido considerado inmoral.

La posición de la Iglesia Católica sobre el aborto es clara. En el documento magisterial “Donum Vitae” (El Don de la Vida), la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe afirmó que: “El ser humano debe ser respetado y tratado como persona desde el instante de su concepción y, por eso, a partir de ese mismo momento se le deben reconocer los derechos de la persona, principalmente el derecho inviolable de todo ser humano inocente a la vida” (Sec I.1). El aborto provocado, o el asesinato intencional de un ser humano vivo en el vientre, siempre es gravemente inmoral porque el derecho a la vida es el más básico y fundamental derecho que poseemos como personas.

Esperamos que algún día Catholics for Choice se tome el tiempo de familiarizarse con las enseñanzas católicas básicas y reconozcan la verdad de la fe católica, y no elijan tergiversar sus enseñanzas con información falsa e imprecisa, y con anuncios que sólo contribuyen a confundir y engañar al público. Defender la dignidad sagrada de toda vida humana es un deber de cada miembro de la sociedad y su obligación debe ser asumida con seriedad para asegurar que seamos una parte de la cultura que afirma el derecho a la vida para todos, especialmente los más vulnerables de entre nosotros.

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