martedì 2 novembre 2021

Metropolitan Hilarion - one cannot call oneself a Catholic and call for violation of Christian morality

(Peter Anderson)
Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), chairman of the Department of External Church Relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate, on his weekly television program Church and the World was asked for his opinion why the administration of “Catholic Biden” was so insistent on repealing the “heartbeat law” in Texas.  The Metropolitan’s answer is posted in Russian on the website of the DECR at (link).  The following is a Google translation of the question and answer:
E. Gracheva: Vladyka, in the United States of America, the state of Texas in the literal sense of the word is now fighting off an appeal by the federal Department of Justice, which demands the repeal of the so-called “heartbeat law” adopted in this state.  It states that it is forbidden to have an abortion from the time when the baby's heartbeat is heard.  Why, in your opinion, is the administration of the Catholic Biden so insistent on repealing this law, and in the state of Texas?
Metropolitan Hilarion: When they talk about the Catholic Biden, I always want to ask the question: what, in fact, is Biden's Catholicism?  The Catholic Church is against abortion, and Mr. Biden is for it.  Does he do it as a Catholic or as the president of the United States?  Does he do this proceeding from the dictates of his conscience or proceeding from the political situation? .. A person cannot call himself a Catholic, and at the same time violate and call for violation of the fundamental norms of Christian morality.
The Roman Catholic Church, like the Orthodox Church, opposes abortion as such.  If in one of the American states there is still a law that somehow protects the rights of unborn babies, then the Catholic Church, like the Orthodox Church, only welcomes the preservation of this law.  But the American administration is now trying to fit all the states under one standard, which is guided by liberal norms.  According to liberal norms, the life of an unborn baby is worthless and does not need protection, the most important thing is to respect the rights of women.  In other words, it is said that a woman has the right to dispose of her body, she has the right to decide on an abortion and no one should interfere with her in this.  All the legislation of Western countries is moving in this direction.
The Catholic Church in the West, including the United States, the Orthodox Church and many Protestants stand up to protect unborn babies, saying that abortion is murder, and everyone, including those who have not yet been born, has a fundamental right - the right to life.  This, unfortunately, is often forgotten by modern human rights activists. They defend all sorts of rights, for example, the right of a homosexual couple to adopt a child, the right of parents to have sex-reassignment surgery on their minor child - all these are considered human rights, and the fundamental human right to birth and life is rejected.