Abortion As ‘Sacrament of the Occult’

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by Raymond de Souza  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 9, 2021   

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Cdl. Blase Cupich and Bp. Robert McElroy

Cardinal Cupich of Chicago is one of many U.S. bishops who do not consider the right to life a top priority for Catholics at the voting booth. Apparently, illegal immigration and environmentalism are to be accorded that honor — at least according to the far-left fringes of the episcopacy.

The bishop of San Diego, Robert McElroy, who frequently caucuses with Cupich, has accused "some bishops" of making the abortion issue a "litmus test" for Catholic politicians during the Biden presidency. However, if Cupich and McElroy and their ilk believed in the existence of the Devil — as faithful Catholics must — they would be forced to reassess their contempt for those who regard infanticide as the preeminent bane of the present age.

The aim of this article is to make absolutely manifest the demonic nature of those who practice, advocate and cooperate with abortion. The quotes contained herein do not mean that everyone in favor of abortion has a direct pact with Satan, inked in blood. Nevertheless, the shocking testimonies of some of the extreme advocates of the infanticide industry should make clear we are dealing with human beings under the influence of "the principalities and powers of this world of darkness" (Ephesians 6:12).

If Women Were in Charge

Carter Heyward, an Episcopalian "priest," once fancifully urged (to roaring applause):

If women had made the rules, if women had written the sacred texts, if women had been the architects of religion and State, sexuality would be understood as sacramental; so too would the act of love-making (whether heterosexual or homosexual); so too would conception, miscarrying, and birth. ... Abortion would be a sacrament if women were in charge. Abortion should be a sacrament even today. I suspect that for many women today, and for their spouses, lovers, families and communities, abortion is celebrated as such, an occasion of deep and serious and sacred meaning.

A Sermon to Abortion Providers

Katherine Ragsdale, another Episcopalian priestess similarly waxed poetic rhapsodizing the modern slaughter of the innocents:

I want to thank all of you who protect this blessing [of abortion], who do this work every day. The health care providers, doctors, nurses, technicians, receptionists, who put your lives on the line to care for others (you are heroes — in my eyes, you are saints); the escorts and the activists; the lobbyists and the clinic defenders; all of you — you're engaged in holy work.

It's worth noting here that Ragsdale is the first female president of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is openly lesbian and was once the chief of a liberal think-tank monitoring the "religious Right." She is best known for her abortion-rights advocacy through the Washington-based Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

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God Rejoices in a Woman's Choice to Abort

Nina Churchman, yet another member of the Episcopalian "ordained" class gleefully pronounced:

The Episcopal Church, by resolution, has long held that women have the freedom to choose an abortion. It is not considered a sin. ... God, unlike what the liturgy states, also rejoices that women facing unplanned pregnancies have the freedom to carefully choose the best option — birth, adoption or abortion — for themselves and their families. No woman makes this decision lightly or frivolously. But each needs the non-judgmental and non-coercive support of her faith community to make the best decision for her circumstances.

A Major Blessing

Patricia Baird-Windle, the former proprietor of three abortuaries, once gushed:

Abortion is a major blessing and a sacrament in the hands of women. ... At the very crucible of the sacrament of abortion work is that some women have an abortion out of love for the baby, [some] out of love for the children they already have and are having a hard time feeding.

These quotes speak for themselves: Abortion is not only a crime — the spilling of innocent blood — but a diabolical practice. Joe Biden, the Democrat politicians and the lukewarm prelates who consider immigration and the environment to be of greater importance will have the fright of their lives when they meet the Supreme Judge. It would be better for them if a millstone were tied to their necks and they were cast into the sea, rather than to scandalize (let alone kill) the little ones. Capital punishment by drowning is preferable to the sin of scandalizing the innocent (Luke 17:2).

Raymond de Souza, KHS, KM, is a knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a knight of the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta and a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus. A speaker on pro-life and apologetics issues, he is the delegate for international missions of Human Life International. He has visited 38 countries of the six continents as part of conferences held in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese and has speaking ability in Italian and Afrikaans. He is available to address Catholic audiences anywhere in the free world to defend the gospel of life and the purity of Catholic doctrine, counting on the recommendation of bishops and priests in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. He has been a radio broadcaster in New Zealand and Australia and, today, writes a syndicated column for the weekly national Catholic paper, thewandererpress.com).
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