Church cannot lose focus on abortion

To the editor:

We are writing in response to Dan Mundy’s letter (Oct. 2, 2013) where he thanks Pope Francis for moving the focus from abortion to other issues. Dan said, “I have felt for a long time that the Catholic Church was so focused on abortion that it forgot that ...”  and he stated several points he felt the church had forgotten about. Toward the end of his letter, he said, “By focusing on the unborn, the church has forgotten the living.”

Even if the church talks about the other points that Dan brought up (all of them valid), she cannot lose focus on abortion and other life issues. The unborn do not even have a voice of their own to protect the most basic of rights — the right to life. When Dan said “by focusing on the unborn, the church has forgotten the living,” was he suggesting the unborn are not living, whole and distinct human beings as proved by the science of embryology?

We should discuss health care, immigration, food stamps and other issues, but we cannot forget the unborn just to fill the pews. The Catechism of the Catholic Church discusses the issue of abortion in paragraphs 2270 to 2275. Specifically in paragraph 2271: “Since the first century, the church has  affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.” Pope Francis said in a recent interview, “But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.” So all the issues must remain on the table — including abortion.

We hope that Dan is not suggesting the church, rather than the secular world, must change.

—Vincent and Victoria Granacher

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