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Can you provide an actual quote by Pope John Paul II that states that life begins at conception?

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Can you provide an actual quote by Pope John Paul II that states that life begins at conception?



Some people try to justify abortion by claiming that the result of conception, at least up to a certain number of days, cannot yet be considered a personal human life. But in fact, “from the time that the ovum is fertilized, a life is begun that is neither that of the father nor the mother; it is rather the life of a new human being with his own growth.” (Evangelium Vitae 60, quoting Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Procured Abortion 12)


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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Some twins come about when the egg splits in half and creates two fetuses. Which one gets the soul that was assigned at conception? Or do they each get a half a soul?

    Why does abortion matter? Because the RCC tells us that the default destination for aborted, miscarried or stillborns that are not baptized is one of the four Hell’s*. The RCC’s policy, which many Catholics seem not to know, is more or less, as follows:

    a) The default is that they go to Hell*. The catechism says that the Church knows of no way to salvation outside of baptism.
    b) You are ‘allowed’ to believe in LImbo, created by Augustine as a sort of suburb of Hell where the flames are perhaps not quite as high. If you are a mother who lost her child due to miscarriage or stillbirth, you are told that while your baby may be in Limbo without the same punishment as Hell, you will never, ever see it.
    c) You are allowed to “hope” that the Catholic god is not a complete monster who denies heaven to these unbaptized innocents. This is a vague hope, and certainly not faith. You aren’t permitted to pretend you know they are going to heaven. You can only hope this. The document that justifies this hope uses rather torturous logic in my view. They don’t really want you to hold out a lot of hope – because hope defeats fear and we can’t have that!
    So the RCC would say that those who participate in abortions are sending a human being to Hell, but it is an all-powerful being, Yahweh, who is making this happen. This is as unjust and evil as it gets. How could any sane, caring, humane person worship a god who would do such a thing? How can one respect a person who does so? Fearing such a being – of course; but worshipping such a being? Gen 3:22 tells us we know what good and evil are and sending anyone to eternal* torment in hellfire* despite only living here a handful of decades, is about the most evil concept mankind has ever devised. The only thing worse would be to do this to innocent unbaptized souls – assuming such exist.
    **It’s really not that bad. The original word was ‘aionion’ which was translated to “eternal” but means “an age” and ages always end. As for the pagan word “Hell,” it was used as the translation for four very different words: (1) Sheol from the OT, (2) Gehenna, the Jerusalem town dump that Jesus referred to, (3) Hades the Greek pagan underworld, and (4) Tartarus, it’s lowest level, none of which mean “Hell” as we think of it. Our understanding of Hell is more from Dante’s “Inferno” and Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and a bunch of artists who liked that image and embellished it to the delight of the RCC. In the catechism, the Hell most often referred to is Gehenna, the dump, since that’s what Jesus allegorically spoke of – but it’s been gone for a long time, and any Jews of the time knew he was speaking allegorically – if indeed he existed to speak a word in the first place, given that Jesus was almost certainly a celestial demigod according to Paul, and made human by the author of Mark 20 years later…. But that’s another discussion…

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