Is the Pope Catholic?
By Charles Lewis May 20, 2010 – 8:30 pm
Stop the presses! Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the primate of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada, has created shock waves across Canada by … reiterating conventional Church doctrine on the subject of abortion.
Speaking at a recent pro-life conference in Quebec City, the Cardinal said that abortion is a “moral crime” and that it is unacceptable even in the case of rape. That’s an extreme position by this country’s standards: Only about 5% of Canadians oppose abortion in all circumstances. But, as a spokesman for the Quebec City Archdiocese later pointed out, the Cardinal wasn’t saying anything new: Like many religious Christians, strictly observant Catholics typically regard all fetuses as carrying the divine spark of human life. And so they urge that the tragedy or rape should not be compounded by a second moral tragedy.