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Monday, October 06, 2008

Bishop Martino of Scranton on Respect Life Sunday - Catholic Online

The Bishop of Scranton, Joseph F. Martino directed priests of the Diocese of Scranton to read a letter on Respect Life Sunday at the Masses of Obligation celebrated Oct. 4 and 5. In it the Bishop stated, "laws that protect abortion constitute injustice of the worst kind. They rest on several false claims including that there is no certainty when life begins, that there is no certainty about when a fetus becomes a person and that some human beings may be killed to advance the interests or convenience of others...The life of a human being begins at conception. the church has long taught this simple truth and science confirms it. Biologists can now show you the delicate and beautiful development of the human embryo in its first days of existence. this is simply a fact that reasonable people accept. Regarding the second, the embryo and the fetus have the potential to do all that an adult person does. Finally the claim that the human fetus may be sacrficed to the interests or convenience of his mother or someone else is greviously wrong. All three claims have the same result: the weakest and most vulnerable are denied because of their age, the most basic protection that we demand for ourselves. this is discrimination at its worst and no person of conscience should support it.
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