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.)


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.


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.

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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