Today, on the 45 anniversary of the promulgation of Humanae Vitae, LifeSitenews has broadcast the news that Catholic Relief Service personnel are distributing contraceptives and abortifacient drugs/devices in Madagascar. Their report can be read here; please note that they in turn link to a report by Population Research Institute.
It is this latter group (a branch of Human Life International) that has conducted a month-long investigation on site in Madagascar and has interviewed NGO workers and officials - including CRS personnel. Their report states that CRS employs over 250 community health workers there who distribute contraceptives and abortifacients under the name of "Catholic Relief Services". A CRS zone supervisor confirmed this information. Steven Mosher, president of PRI, asks "how many children have been aborted or contracepted out of existence by CRS?" I urge the readers of this blog to read both the LifeSiteNews posts. For now I'll focus on Mosher's question.
First, let's understand that an abortifacient is a drug or device that prevents the newly-conceived baby from implanting in his/her mother's womb. That child is subsequently expelled from the mother's body during her next period. This is abortion - that is the deliberate taking of an innocent life. We've just described a murder. Of course all abortions are acts of murder. I find it difficult to believe that these CRS personnel who are engaged in the distribution of these poisons are unaware of the nature of these things - particularly those CRS personnel in positions of authority and responsibility.
That said, I'm going to dispense with the silly verbal tap-dance and tippy-toeing with "delicate and diplomatic" language. I'll paraphrase Mosher's question a bit with "how many children have been murdered with assistance by and intention of CRS"? Let's cut to the chase, shall we? For that is exactly what the Catholic Relief Services is doing!
If the Catholic Relief Services is serious about following the moral precepts of Christ and His Church, they'll recognize that one cannot do evil in the vain hopes that good will come of it. At the very least, those who have participated in these mortal sins of murder must cease and desist immediately. They must go to Confession for they have placed their immortal souls in danger of damnation. The board of directors of CRS might do well to suspend all operations until they can root out the rot. Of course "rooting out the rot" may very well mean that the CRS should be abolished in its entirety. If such is the case, so be it.
With each passing year, the words of Humanae Vitae ring ever more true. Pope Paul VI foresaw the spread of abortion and disregard for human life if contraception were ever to gain a foothold. I wonder if he had any inkling that agencies within the Catholic Church would be participating in these grave sins?