The Roman Catholic Church is right to excommunicate anyone who supports abortion | PennLive Letters
As an ordained minister of the Lutheran Church for 34 years, I am familiar with the issues between the separation of church and state which can become confusing and controversial. Theologically, Lutherans call this the ethics of the two kingdoms.
Critics of the recent Conference of Catholic Bishops in the United States to discuss the excommunication of church members who are public supporters of abortion, especially late abortions, and the killing of babies who survive the abortion outside the womb, argue that the outcome is policy-based.
Theologically, morally and ethically, there is absolutely no politics involved in their response to those who say in private that they regret abortion, but whose openly and blatant actions to publicly and morally encourage abortions are undoubtedly. justified by excommunication.
The only political confusion lies with Christians, and in this case, the morally confused Catholics who are strong supporters of abortion. Any Catholic, including the ordained clergy who publicly attempt to justify abortions and criticize the ex-communication of pro-abortion Catholics, should seriously reconsider how far they are from the moral teaching of the Church.
The ex-communication of pro-abortion members is not politically motivated. Excommunication has everything to do with bad moral and ethical decisions.
Any member of the Roman Catholic Church who publicly supports abortion can rightly be excommunicated. Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have placed themselves under such judgment. It doesn’t matter if you are the President of the United States or the ringmaster / mistress of a fuzzy caterpillar circus. If you publicly support abortions, you are putting yourself in the proper judgment of ex-communication.
Under the moral principle of the Church, faithful bishops and clergy have no choice but to ex-communicate blatant supporters of abortion. To say that this militarizes is not only morally and ethically wrong, it places the uniquely political motives of pro-abortion Catholics under great suspicion. Let us also remember that the ultimate decision maker in the Church remains the Triune God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In the name of justice and support for the unborn child. . .
The Reverend William Jones, Mt. Joy Township, Gettysburg Pa.