.... These limitations, I suggest, correspond to the “very difficult situations” (such as “rape” and “extreme poverty”) in which the pope, in “Evangelii Gaudium,” admitted the church has “done little to adequately accompany women.”
Allowing for exceptions to the moral condemnation of abortion in some of these painful situations would not contradict the pope’s overall commitment to the “value of the human person.” Rather, it would admit what reason shows: There are morally difficult issues about abortion that should be decided by conscience, not legislation.
The result would be a church acting according to the pope’s own stated standard: preaching not “certain doctrinal or moral points based on specific ideological options” but rather the gospel of love.
Gary Gutting is a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and an editor of Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. He is the author of, most recently, “Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy Since 1960″ and writes regularly for The Stone. The Stone, _featured, Abortion, Ethics (Personal), Roman Catholic ChurchMAYBE GUTTING AND THE NYTIMES WOULD LIKE TO ALSO RECOMMEND THAT THE RC CHURCH ALLOW ADULTERY, MURDER AND DEVIL WORSHIP WHILE THEY'RE AT IT?
IN THE POSTMODERN LEFTIST UNIVERSE, NOTHING IS OUTLAWED AND EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED - (EXCEPT BIRTH FOR A FETUS AND KEEPING THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOR).
IN A WORLD WHERE MORALITY IS RELATIVE, MORALITY IS ABSENT.
AS THE WISE MAN ONCE SAID:
"ONE MAN'S RIGHT TO SWING HIS ARMS ENDS WHERE THE NEXT MAN'S NOSE BEGINS."
AND A MOTHER'S RIGHTS END WHERE HER BABY'S LIFE BEGINS.