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It is true that the Church Fathers and many theologians have spoken against abortion.However, there is more:
1. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, wrote in “On Exodus” (ca. 415) Abortion should not be regarded as homicide in a body which is not being fully formed.2. Thomas Aquinas, “The Truth of the Catholic Faith“, book II, ch.89; delayed hominization; In the beginning, the embryo lives the life of a plant, not an animal. Confirmed by the Council of Vienne 1312.
3. St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) considered only the abortion of an "animated" fetus as murder.4. St. Jerome (circa 340 - 420) wrote in a letter to Aglasia:"The seed gradually takes shape in the uterus, and it [abortion] does not count as killing until the individual elements have acquired their external appearance and their limbs"
5. In 1140, Gratian compiled the first collection of canon law that was accepted as an authority within the church.Gratian's code included the canon Aliquando, which said that "abortion was homicide only when the fetus was formed. (4) If the fetus was not yet a formed human being, abortion was not homicide.
6.The Apostolic Constitutions 400 AD (7:3)"Thou shall not slay thy child by causing abortion, for "everything that is SHAPED, and has received a soul from God, is unjustly destroyed." Notice the word "SHAPED".
7.Pope Gregory XIV (1535-1591): He taught by the "quickening" test, which he determined happened 116 days into pregnancy. This Pope said abortion before "quickening" was not murder.8. Pope Innocent III agreed that abortion before "quickening" was not murder.
9. Pope Gregory XIII (1572-85) said it was not homicide to kill an embryo of less than forty days since it was not human.
10. Pope Innocent III stated that a monk who had persuaded his mistress to have an abortion was not guilty of murder as long as the fetus had not yet been animated.
There, of course were many writings AGAINST abortion, but those are the only ones the Bishops ever talk about.
Oddly enough, the Church did not arrive at its last position against abortion until around 1869.(pope pius IX)
Up until then, and for 1500 years; the church debated the gravity of the sin of abortion relative to the different stages of embryonic development; the Greek studies in which the church hierarchy was well aware of; as well as the guidance of the so-called “holy spirit”
Although the church had always considered abortion a “grave sin”; it had waffled back and forth for centuries about when and if abortion was “murder”.
Now I checked out these facts through a number of websites; and I welcome others to do the same.
The Church claims that it's position of anti abortion is a MORAL one; but it is not.Hidden behind this veil of morality is nothing but POLITICS; as the church has been using the issue of anti abortion to strengthen itself in a growing secular world over the last 140 years.
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