I read the quote above in the second of Bjorn Phillip Beer’s exquisitely reasoned and written discussion of the current contraception imbroglio. It led me to my usual over-long comment which I decided to abort (intended) and use as a post of my own.
The Catholic church does not overall reject science. ∴ I have to assume they know and accept the above fact.
∴ it is safe to assume that the church knows and accepts that these embryos are routinely shed in the menstrual process and that inevitably, "feminine hygiene" products of sexually active women often contain embryos.
From the website of the Archdiocese of Boston, Pastoral Notes on the Celebration of Liturgical Rites for Deceased Infants and Stillborn of Miscarried Infants: "As a general principle, the Church encourages funeral rites for unbaptized infants and stillborn babies."And yet, having spent the first 18 years of my life as a devout Catholic, 12 of them in Catholic schools, having associated then and for the remaining 44.5 years of my life with many Catholics, and having done some searching of Catholic doctrine available online, I have never heard mention of any concern, let alone burial rites and rituals, for these souls, as they have for fetuses stillborn or miscarried at later stages of development. Rather, naturally shed embryos are typically flushed into sewage systems or discarded as garbage and in no way treated as valued human souls.
From the website of the Society of St. Pius X, CATHOLIC FAQs MORALITY: Despite the immorality of the way in which test-tube babies are conceived, and the way in which genetic material of a clone is introduced into the nucleus of the ovum, once this has been done and there is human life, there is a human soul.
From the Vatican’s own teaching website: The human embryo has, therefore, from the very beginning, the dignity proper to a person.
∴ a naturally shed embryo has, according to church doctrine, the same moral status as a naturally born infant, or you, or I.
∴ while the Catholic church regards zygotes and embryos as fully human souls, they are only a matter for concern and prohibition when a woman makes the decision to end a pregnancy.
∴ the concern of the church is not for the soul or fate of the embryo or fetus but for its own control of the mother. Concern for the "baby" does not extend to all of them, only those prevented or aborted by the mother.
Time after time, in one incident after another, the church has demonstrated clearly that the primary, if not only concern of the institution is for the authority and power of the institution.
∴ the entire discussion, which has occupied and distracted the entire politically aware segment of the American population, is primarily a maneuver and a smokescreen by the Catholic church in the United States to acquire and solidify the ability to force their beliefs on society at large, to require people who are related to the church only by employment to conduct their lives according to the dictates of the church, particularly with respect to the insistence of the hierarchy on maintaining as much control as possible over women and its freedom to devalue them. In short, it is an attempt by the American Catholic bishops to redefine “freedom of religion” as their own exclusive freedom to force their religion on the larger society - to enhance their own power.
∴ the larger and deeper discussion of the issue of employer-provided medical insurance cover contraception without fees is irrelevant and unnecessary.
The words whitened sepulchres come to mind.