To the editor:
During the last presidential election cycle, in a televised debate, Vice President Joe Biden brought forth his disingenuous argument for his continued pro-abortion stance - "I firmly believe in my church's stance on abortion," he stated, "but I do not feel I can impose my morals on others."
If we investigate the teachings which Biden claimed to "firmly" believe, we find no ambiguity in the doctrine - "Cooperation can never be justified either by involving respect for the rights of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits or requires it." (Evangelium Vitae, 74)
"Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The church attaches the penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life." (CCC 2272)
Firm belief insinuates a stance which cannot be persuaded to violate one's moral compass. What Biden shows is "More concern for his job and public image than for the value of human life." (Alan Keyes, "Our Character, Our Future.")
Yet he and the administration he serves do not show the same reticence when their morals (or lack thereof) demand that the whole of the country materially support what a majority considers to be a grave sin.
The abomination of its HHS mandate is no less than a tyrannical effort to punish and pauperize those who oppose the shedding of innocent blood.
"This time the barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for some time." (Alisdair McIntyre: "After Virtue)
O Lord, "free me from human oppression, that I may keep your precept." (Psalm 119:134)