A woman views a 22-week old plasticized fetus at an exhibit of body parts at the Beijing Natural History Museum
To the Catholic Sentinel:
Re: “There is a difference,” Jeffrey Tiner, 2/15-28/20
Though “my” Church has “repeatedly” stated that life begins at conception, it has not always been unequivocally clear.
It is not a memo, but on-going study and investigation of the mystery of conception that reveals the inexplicable divine gift of life.
Not all miscarriages are “natural,” e.g. lack of prenatal care, substance or physical abuse. Not all conceptions are blessed, e.g. rape, incest and ignorance. The woman carries the developing fetus, and only she endures the “pangs of childbirth.”
It is her willing “fiat” that God listens for. She needs the spiritual and physical support of the father, her family, her counselors, her doctor, and her faith community. Rather than rant about “man’s butchery in the womb,” the true Christian response is “How can I help you?”