George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RIGHT AND WRONG WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #172
My offering here
refers exclusively to the efforts of a committed and loving married
couple to have a child, their own biologic child, in addition hopefully
to adopted children, where they cannot otherwise do so. It
includes their intent to protect any "surplus embryos" from destruction
by any means. It includes their use of means outside of normal sexual
intercourse to obtain their sperm and egg if necessary since, in my
opinion, masturbation and non-abortifacient contraception are not
always sinful - again exclusively with relation to the above -described
Here the rule in The Law relating to a "criminal act" may be
helpful. What is required in that context are both the Actus Reus
and the Mens Rea. Here the Mens Rea is not to defy the Will of God -
which in this context could be determined to be to raise a child or
children "for the honor and glory of God". And it is not to
conceive human embryos - human beings from the moment of conception -
for their destruction. Within these proper moral and practical
safeguards, no "criminal" Mens Rea would exist. Every other
intent or use is, in my considered opinion, morally wrong.
Now, why should I as a devoted member of the Catholic Laity for all of
my nearly 83 years, be expressing any opinion at all on this subject?
Because I am a member of the Laity - "the Body of the Church". I
have earned that right through careful thought, study and prayer.
If I am wrong...please God forgive me and enlighten me.
The following report seems to be well-balanced and sensitive. I
hope that the Synod currently debating other vital issues regarding
Catholic family life will be as balanced and sensitive.
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