The Church on Abortion

Can Catholics Apply the Principle of Probabilism to Abortion Decisions?

Some baptized Catholics who support abortion use a distorted understanding of Church teaching on the “primacy” of conscience to support their views. They also frequently misrepresent theological principles regarding Catholic sexual ethics.  One of the most common abuses involves probabilism, which simply means that if a definitive judgment has not [...]

By |2019-10-08T19:19:00-04:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , |

What is the Role of Conscience in Moral Decision-Making?

The Modern Misunderstanding of Conscience A fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the human conscience lies at the root of many of the problems in the Catholic Church today.  Very few Catholics even know what that role actually is.  When pressed, many will say, “If my conscience tells me that [...]

By |2019-09-14T16:13:23-04:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , |

Has the Catholic Church Always Condemned Abortion?

Almost everyone knows that the Catholic Church opposes abortion.  However, few are aware of the long and rich history of the Church’s reverence and respect for human life, and fewer still can explain exactly why the Church cannot change her teachings on abortion. This article will address a number of [...]

Why Should Celibate Priests Speak about Abortion?

When the battle over abortion began in earnest nearly half a century ago, pro-abortion strategists correctly identified their number one enemy as the Roman Catholic Church.  They were fully aware that, if a large number of priests began to speak forcefully and knowledgably against abortion, the Church would quickly become [...]

By |2019-09-21T19:45:26-04:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , |

What is the Principle of ‘Double Effect’?

The very rare cases when a pregnancy poses a genuine and immediate threat to the mother's life are a source of great confusion, especially among Catholics. It is absolutely true that the Catholic Church bans direct abortion in all cases.  However, the mother's life may be saved by surgery that [...]

By |2019-09-21T15:51:42-04:00May 24th, 2017|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , |

Conscience and Health Care Workers

This is the second of Dr. Joseph Meaney's five-part series on conscience, the third installment in HLI’s Educational Series. We invite you to read our other two series on contraception and marriage and family. To hear Dr. Meaney’s recent short talk on conscience with HLI staff and leadership, click here. [...]

By |2019-10-17T17:56:03-04:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , |

The World Sex Mess Confirms Catholic Teaching

In this 1998 audio recording by Father Paul Marx, O.S.B., founder of Human Life International, you learn how the crisis of declining populations of so many countries is directly linked to the world's rejection of traditional Catholic teachings on abortion and birth control. Here are a few facts Fr. Marx [...]