Posts Tagged ‘The Church’

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posted by Life Report, December 10, 2013 @ 10:20 am

Notre Dame Law Grad John Gerardi on Pope Francis’ Abortion Statements

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Our favorite Notre Dame Law grad John Gerardi joins us again, this time to discuss the Pope’s confusing comments about abortion.

Read the “big interview” that Pope Francis gave to America Magazine. Here’s the relevant quote:

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“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. 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.

The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent.”

Note from Josh: We recorded this episode in October, 2013. I’m grateful that yesterday (December 9th) Pope Francis made a clear pro-life statement to the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, a pro-life group in Rome.

Related Links:

  • Read Pope Francis’ speech to gynecologists the next day, translated from Latin.
  • Read John Gerardi on Pope Francis’ interview and speech.
  • Watch previous Life Report episodes with John Gerardi.
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Cross in hands

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Last February we published two episodes with our favorite (nearly graduated) student from Notre Dame Law John Gerardi with an update on the HHS mandate lawsuits as well as answering the controversial question, “why did so many church-going Catholics vote for President Obama, again?!”  After we recorded those two episodes, we spent another 20 minutes answering questions we hadn’t talked about yet, and answered a good questions sent from a listener. This is the audio from that post-episode discussion.

Topics/Questions:

  1. “Tell me about states like Massachusetts, that are heavily Catholic and Irish but are totally in the tank for Obama.”
  2. “What do you think is the future for the bishops’ involvement in politics?”
  3. Karen: “Is it even possible that we really change our society legislatively, or do we need to concentrate on the hearts of women and men?”

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posted by Life Report, May 8, 2013 @ 10:22 am

Pro-Choice People Don’t Get Us, and Who Can Blame Them? (2 of 2)

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Josh, Tim and Gabi respond to fair questions that pro-choice people ask that we think pro-life people should be willing to answer.

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In this episode, we discuss how a lot of pro-choice people believe that pro-lifers want to punish women for having premarital sex by forcing them to remain pregnant. This seems clear because we’re not distributing condoms or encouraging the use of birth control, which could arguably lower the rate of unintended pregnancies and abortions. How should pro-lifers respond to this concern?

We also discuss the common conception (no pun intended) that pro-life activists are doing what they do because they’re Christians. If so, is this just a ploy to force religion on people or win converts?

We end the episode by discussing a recent story of a teen who sued her parents who were trying to coerce her into having an abortion. We offer some tips for pro-life people to use this story in dialogues with their pro-choice friends.

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Pro-choice people often accuse pro-life Christians of being hypocrites, charging that we don’t really believe what we say we believe, evidenced by the fact that some Christians have abortions, among other things.  Hypocrisy is a rhetorically powerful charge, effectively silencing many Christians from saying anything about the issue of abortion.

It’s our view that some pro-choice accusations of pro-life hypocrisy are unfair, but that some of their charges are fair. In this episode, we discuss both categories.

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posted by Life Report, February 15, 2013 @ 11:28 am

Why Did So Many Faithful Catholics Vote for President Obama Again?

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Our favorite (nearly graduated) student from Notre Dame Law John Gerardi is back to help the pro-life community understand why so many faithful Catholics that go to mass every week still voted for President Obama in the 2012 election. Gerardi explains the history of the Catholic church’s relationship with the Democratic party and the increasingly uncomfortable position many bishops are in since the Democratic party is so openly pro-abortion rights and anti-religious liberty.

Note from Josh: Life Report has never been an anti-Catholic show, and that hasn’t changed. Frankly, a lot of Protestants didn’t even vote. But there’s no way to have a frank dialogue about this issue without recognizing that the Catholic church in America has had a long relationship with the Democratic party and that relationship is clearly having an impact on elections that effect the rights of unborn babies. We welcomed the chance to have a Catholic expert on the subject explain what he has learned for the benefit of our audience.

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