Moral Issues


by Charles Hatchko

Exodus 20:13 SAYS: "Thou shalt not kill! Abortion is an abomination against the Almighty God." Abortion is called the Culture of Death by our Supreme Pontiff, Pope John Paul II. The Pope teaches we must live the gospel of life. Human life must be absolutely protected and respected from the moment of conception. The inviolable right of every human being must be respected from conception to death. Abortion is a grievous sin, a crime against human life that with formal communication in this act, the Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication.

In America there is a false pluralism regarding issues such as abortion and euthanasia. Sacred Scripture gives a grave warning regarding falsehood. Isaiah 5:20 states, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.” In Matthew 18:7 Jesus exhorts, “Woe to those who cause scandals, who through scandals come.” Jude 11 says, “Woe to those who walk in the way of Cain.” Genesis 4:8-10 gives evidence that Cain was a murderer. Abortion is murder in the eyes of God. Let all those involved, and those who support abortion repent of their sins. 1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, forgives us our sins and purifies us from all unrighteousness.” Greater than any sin is the love and mercy of God. John 1:4 states, “In Jesus was life, and the life was the light of men.” In John 10:10 Jesus exhorts, “I came to give life and give life abundantly.”

Although Scripture no where mentions the word “abortion”, there can be a deducible inferences taken from Biblical Revelation regarding abortion. Tradition and Church Magisterium teaching coincide with the following Biblical texts. Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium absolutely forbids abortion. Look at the following Biblical texts closely,

The Didache - the writings of the Apostles about 70-to 80 A.D. The Didache gives absolute affirmative evidence that one must not procure an abortion, also in the Didache there is evidence against child molestation that one must not seduce boys. Epistle of Barnabas (75A.D.)- Section 19 gives absolute affirmation that one may not slay the child procuring an abortion. Athenagoras, A.D. 177- gives evidence that women who use drugs to bring on an abortion are murderers. Terullian 197-210-A.D.-gives numerous writings that absolutely forbid abortion, especially through surgery. He has written life begins at conception because the soul is given by God at conception. St. Hippolytus 228 A.D. in his Refutation of All Heresies gives evidence of woman taken drugs to prevent conception. St. Basis the Great, St. Jerome, and St. John Chrysostum have all written of the evils of abortion.

Tradition condemns and castigates abortion. The teaching of the Church Magisterium must be followed regarding abortion. When we look at the biological process occurring in the conception and gestation of the human body in the female uterus, many have claimed that the blastula is not really a human body, but a mass of undeveloped tissue. Modern medical science has shown the gestation process under a microscope, assigning terms to the primitive stages of development such as zygote, blastula, embryo and fetus. Medical science has proven the Church Magisterium regarding abortion correct.

Sirach 38:1-2 states, “Honor the Physician with the honor due him, according to your need of him, for the Lord created him, for healing comes from the Most High.” In Matthew 28:20, John 14:18 and Hebrews 13:5 Jesus gives an affirmative promise, “I will be with you to the consummation of the world. I will not let you desolate or orphans. I will not fail you or forsake you.”

John 14:26-John 16:8 gives evidence that the Holy Spirit will always guide the Church in truth. In 1 Tim. 3:15 St. Paul calls the Church - "The Pillar and Ground of Truth." In Luke 10:16 Jesus exhorts, “He who listens to you listens to me, he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me reject him who sent me.”

Since the Supreme Court decision of Roe v Wade regarding the issue of abortion, there are six different positions on abortion in Evangelical Protestantism. Walter Martin, the great Protestant Biblical expert, host of the Bible Answer Man, believed and taught in cases of rape and incest that abortion was permissible. The Church Magisterium absolutely condemns this view and any form of abortion. The truth of Christ comes through the Apostles through the Magisterium. Amen Hallelujah! ay God Richly Bless You!

May God Richly Bless You! Amen! Hallelujah!

Charles "Friar Buck" Hatchko
The Catholic Legate
September 1, 2004


Originally published in The Trivia Wizard (February 28, 2003)