I was reading the actual judicial opinion for Roe v. Wade and I came across an interesting quote:
“The Aristotelian theory of ‘mediate animation’ that held sway throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe, continued to be official Roman Catholic dogma until the 19th century, despite opposition to this “ensoulment” theory from those in the Church who would recognize the existence of life from the moment of conception. The latter is now the official belief of the Catholic Church.”
Can somebody explain or refute this? Thanks!