On a non-religious board, we are having a discussion and a self proclaimed catholic is misrepresenting the Church.
In one discussion she said that the soul doesn’t enter the body until later in pregnancy “according to catholic dogma”. I told her she was mistaken and directed her to the CCC where it says that the soul is there from the beginning of the pregnancy.
You’re mistaken on the “no-soul” per dogma
Taken from the Catechism :
1711 Endowed with a spiritual soul, with intellect and with free will, the human person is from his very conception ordered to God and destined for eternal beatitude. He pursues his perfection in “seeking and loving what is true and good” (GS 15 # 2).
This lady replied to this with this comment:
Actually Loboto…the Catholic Church theory of soul states that male fetuses do not attain a soul for 40 days, female fetuses 80 days. St. Augustine and Pope Pius pondered that a great deal. Truth is, within the Catholic Church, there exists various thought as to when a human gains a soul.
APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION OF
POPE PIUS XII
DEFINING THE DOGMA OF THE ASSUMPTION
November 1, 1950
Christ overcame sin and death by his own death, and one who through Baptism has been born again in a supernatural way has conquered sin and death through the same Christ. Yet, according to the general rule, God does not will to grant to the just the full effect of the victory over death until the end of time has come. And so it is that the bodies of even the just are corrupted after death, and only on the last day will they be joined, each to its own glorious soul.
How do I reply to this… She’s telling people that we all have to follow our own beliefs whether it be Satanism, Buddism, Paganism. I just wish she wouldn’t have proclaimed her catholic religion then I wouldn’t have to go and “clean up” after her so much. I’m getting exhausted!
Please help me out folks.