Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Q&A Potpourri

A reader recently emailed me the following questions:

Why has a woman to keep the baby after her rape? Will that remind her of a painful experience that she faced?
The pregnancy and the resultant child that is born probably will remind her of the painful experience that she had to go through. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to carry with you for nine months a constant reminder of something you would rather forget. But, that is no reason to abort the baby.

It's not the baby's fault that the mother was raped. Death is an unjust punishment for the innocent, and the baby certainly did nothing wrong. Of course, beyond that, we all have a right to life in virtue of being made in the image and likeness of the Living God. To take that child's life is to deny him/her a most basic and fundamental right, and it is to basically say that the mother's life is more important than the child's.

Remember that the mother can always give the child up for adoption if she has to. There are also many right-to-life organizations that are available to help a woman with an unplanned pregnancy. Abortion is not the only option, and if the mother will just allow her child to come into the world she may even discover, to her surprise, that she wants to keep her child after all. Children are a blessing and a gift from God. We never know what blessings God can bring out of a difficult situation, if we will only persevere and do what is right.

Regarding the 5th commandment: Why can we allow to kill a person who intrudes into our house? Will we commint a sin regarding the 5th commandment?
Well, the morality of killing an intruder depends on if he is a threat to your life or to that of your loved ones. If he is, and if killing him is the only way to defend yourself and your family, then it is just and even required of you to kill that man.

An extension of our right to life is our right to defend ourselves against anything that would take that life from us. Here's what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about self-defense:
  • 2263 The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. "The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one's own life; and the killing of the aggressor. . . . The one is intended, the other is not" (St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II,64,7, corp. art).

    2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one's own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:
    • If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful. . . . Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one's own life than of another's (ibid.).

    2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.
Note that if you can defend your life by not killing the intruder, you should do so. For example, just the sight of your gun will make most robbers run away. Killing is always a last resort.

How can we navigate around your website for effectively? Best websites for Catholics or trustful blogs like yours?
I'm not really sure if I understand your question. There are several ways that you can navigate my website:
  1. Type a word in the very top, left corner of my blog and blog posts will appear that contain that word
  2. If you click on the "Categories" button in my sidebar, a list will drop down with several categories that I have grouped my posts into. So, if you click "Questions and Answers" you will be able to read as many of my Q&A's as will fit on one page. It won't be all of my Q&A's, but it will be a start.
  3. If you click on the "Previous Posts" button in my sidebar, a list will drop down that contains links to my last 10 posts.
  4. If you click on the "Archive" button, a list will drop down with links to previous months. So, for example, if you click on "July 2006", you will be able to read all the posts that I made in July of 2006
Right now, those are all of the ways that you can navigate my blog. I'm working on making index pages as well, but that's not finished yet. As soon as it is, I will let everyone know.

If you want to read the work of other authors besides myself and check out other great websites besides this blog, just click on the various other buttons in the sidebar.

I hope that answers your question! For more on abortion, see the Catholic Defense Directory: Abortion. For more on self-defense, see New Advent: Self-Defense.

Pax Christi,

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