“Pro-Life” Has Always Been Their Misnomer. Integralism: What’s In the Trojan Horse ? Take 2, Part 4

Michele Somerville
7 min readFeb 24, 2024

Abortion and Vatican Optics, Who are the true Catholics? Bishops’ “spoon full of sugar” approach to neofascist incursion in secular government, perils of new evangelization/ Catholic “unity” fever…

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Supporting Legal Medical Abortion does not make a person less (Roman) Catholic.

I left off at the end of Part 3 pointing to the way the abortion issue has become “a calling card” for right wing secular politics. Peruse X / Twitter or any of the other social media platforms in in which Catholics discuss the condition of the Roman Catholic Church and one finds that many clerics, women religious, and lay Catholics are comfortable undoing the baptisms of fellow Catholics on the basis of the (former’s) belief that favoring legal medical abortion somehow disqualifies Catholics from being Catholic. Being pro-choice very much does not make a person un-Catholic or even less Catholic — at least, not according to their rules, by which I mean Canon Code, Magisterium, Catechism of the Catholic Church.

One is unlikely to see a United States bishop or any “liberal” lens louse priest correct those who argue that supporting the legal right to an abortion makes a person less Catholic or renders them non-Catholic. Why? What is the reason for this duplicity by omission? Catholics’ ignorance of official Catholic teaching, works in the bishops’ favor. It’s better for business if Catholics in the pews do not know that voting for pro-choice candidates and disagreeing with the official teaching on this topic does not make a Catholic less Catholic.

While a person who obtains an abortion does, under Catholic law, self-excommunicate, that excommunication can be, and regularly is, ‘corrected,’ by participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and the obtaining of absolution. It is important to say here that from a theological perspective, any benefits the…

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Michele Somerville

She/her. Poet, writer, teacher, hermeneut punk. Author: Glamourous Life, Rain Mountain Press, http://rainmountainpress.com/books-glamourous-life.html