The American Life League explains the automatic excommunication of Sister Margaret McBride with a cartoon. I’ve got to admit this is a pretty novel way to get the point across.
June 26, 2010
Abortion, excommunication, nuns
June 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Did America really run an article that said it wasn't an abortion, it was "a medical separation of mother from fetus with the unintended side-effect of the death of the fetus" (paraphrase)? A ND ethicist said that? This is just prove that being too well-educated can make you stupid. The surgery was the direct separation of fetus from mother (meaning the principle of double effect cannot be applied, since the object of the act was murder, not removal of an inflamed organ as with ectopic pregnancy). That's what an abortion is! This ethicists claim is the moral equivalent of saying, "I had to shoot him to get his money, but I didn't mean to hurt him!" Wishing that the immoral action you're taking were something moral while going ahead and doing the immoral anyway doesn't excuse the immorality.
June 27, 2010 at 6:24 am
The only thing wrong with this cartoon is the phrase "climbing up a rope to grace." Isn't grace by its nature, freely given? Perhaps it could say "Climbing up a rope OF grace to holiness" first showing God letting down the rope. The climbing would then signify our cooperation with grace.
As expressed, the cartoon is Semi-Pelagian, I believe.
June 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm
Perhaps you have been spending a little too much time with the nearsighted Reformed? 😉 If she is given the power and desire to climb the rope by grace, then the video is ok.
orthodox= God gives rope and ability/desire to start climbing, and gives strength to climb every inch of the way.
Pelagian= God gives rope. She may climb unaided every inch on the way up, apart from any given grace.
Semi-Pelagian= God gives rope and ability/desire to start climbing. She may then climb the rest of the way without any additional grace after she starts (is born-again/baptized).
Hope this helps!
June 28, 2010 at 7:52 pm
June 29, 2010 at 3:01 am
This guy never blinks.
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