Sunday, March 09, 2008

Octavius on Pro-Life Issues

In response to the charge that Christian initiation rites included the sacrifice of an infant, Octavius responds in the negative and points out that the pagans actually do murder children (while not in the context of a sacrifice presently):

And I see that you at one time expose your begotten children to wild beasts and to birds; at another, that you crush them when strangled with a miserable kind of death. There are some women who, by drinking medical preparations, extinguish the source of the future man in their very bowels, and thus commit a parricide before they bring forth.
The point I wanted to bring out here is that for her entire existence, the Church has been aware (and dealing with) not merely abortion but also contraception. Some seem to think that Humanae Vitae was the first time she dealt with it.

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