There are multiple reports that the Catholic bishops of the state of Louisiana have declared as moral and licit the use of the “contraceptive” morning-after pill for victims of rape.
Ever since I took that sex ed class in fifth grade (see last post on how their own ilk in the episcopate forced that garbage on 10 year-old me), and owing to the fact that I have contributed to the conception of several human people who look astonishingly like me but with hair, I feel qualified to dispense the following advice to Their Excellencies.
Listen carefully boys, because I don’t want to have to repeat myself.
The moment a man’s sperm cell makes contact with the egg cell of a woman…
God creates another human person!
You probably never learned this next fact either so I’ll include it here. A human person is defined as the union between a physical, human body and an immortal soul. This is such fascinating stuff. Also, murdering a human person is wrong. I don’t even want to broach the subject of “mortal sin” and how those who die unrepentant of it go to the everlasting fires of hell… Best not to shock you like that.
If we consider all the facets of the situation of human conception we might actually come to the conclusion that once the two gametes (reproductive cells) meet, deliberately doing anything to cause a demise to that human person would be murder no matter how the two cells came together.
Does a woman have a right to protect her egg? Of course. And as tragic as rape is, even when rape is the cause of the fertilization, that egg is no longer an egg but a person.
I must be making my fifth grade teacher so proud right now! Shucks…
Getting serious for a second… I remember the late Archbishop John Myers of Newark (McCarrick’s immediate successor) trotting out the same line 20 years ago. They called it the “Peoria Protocol” after Myers’ first see in Illinois. Turns out a doctor Myers had befriended in Peoria had convinced him that “protecting the egg” from “potential conception” was valid. It was explained to the Archdiocese (I have had it confirmed) that this was, in fact, wrong on two grounds. 1) WHAT if a woman is already pregnant when she is raped? 2) You cannot determine the moment of conception so you may not proceed with this action. My source tells me that she was given the runaround by the Archdiocese of Newark at the time who finally put her touch with a lawyer from Princeton, NJ (not sure how he should figure into this). This lawyer used circular logic for about 45 minutes before telling my source, “Well, that’s how it’s going to be so we’re done here.” Additionally, my source made it through to JJ Myers himself on a conference call with a prominent pro-life leader on the call. The two of them listened as Myers stated that ‘The doctor who had given him [Myers] the information from which he based his decision was also a prominent man who Myers was trying to convert [begs the question, convert to what?] and that he fully understood exactly what my source was explaining but that his mind was made up.’” Bishops, how dare you? Can I charitably assume that you really don’t know that RU-486 and even “the pill” itself act as abortifacient drugs once fertilization has occurred? You’re not stupid, we presume. Looking for worldly applause? A little human respect? Wanna’ show the non-Catholics of the Pelican State that you’re chill?
Better idea. Take off your zuchettos and pectoral crosses and deposit them on the altars now. In this very day’s Gospel we hear: “He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.”
You disgust me, every damn one of you, if you know what you’re doing and you do it anyway. And every human life that ends abruptly because of your “pastoral instruction” will bear witness against you at your judgments.
Have a nice day.
O Mary Conceived Without Sin, Pray for us who have recourse to Thee!