Catholic Teachings - "Examination of Conscience"

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Bishop John R. Keating, former bishop of the Arlington Diocese, wrote in his seminal work, ( about DIRECT ABORTION:

Have I in any way participated in a direct abortion? "The direct interruption of the generative process already begun, and, above all, directly willed and procured abortion, even if for therapeutic reasons, are to be absolutely excluded as licit means for regulating births."

Direct abortion, under any circumstances whatsoever, is intrinsically evil and is, objectively, a mortal sin. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs an automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication." This grave sanction extends to all directly involved in a direct abortion. "All involved in the deliberate and successful effort to eject a non-viable fetus from the mother's womb incur an automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication."

Have I, as a state or federal legislator, voted for any form of legislation that promotes or funds direct abortions? It is always objectively a gravely sinful act for a legislator to vote for abortion funding. Pope Pius XI was quite clear about this: "Those who hold the reins of government should not forget that it is the duty of public authority, by appropriate laws, to defend the lives of the innocent, and this all the more since those whose lives are endangered and assailed cannot defend themselves. Among whom We must mention, in the first place, infants hidden in the mother's womb. And if the public magistrates, not only do not defend them, but by their laws and ordinances, betray them to death at the hands of doctors or of others, let them remember that God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood which cries from earth to heaven."