TN Bishop: Democrats Are Anti-Science

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by Paul Murano  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 12, 2020   

Bishop Stika calls out abortion supporters for being anti-science

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Tennessee bishop is calling out pro-abortion Democrats for their hypocrisy.

Bishop Rick Stika of the diocese of Knoxville is noting the hypocrisy of leftist Democrats in claiming to support science while denying the humanity of the unborn. The political arty and its establishment media that claims to be the science party, which consistently criticizes Republicans in power for being anti-science, ignores scientific facts that don’t support their culture of death agenda.

Stika took to Twitter Wednesday to blast the Democrat Party as "anti-science":

"I read a question asking which political party is anti-science," he wrote. "That's easy to answer. The Party that continually supports abortion. It denies that the baby is human, denies DNA and is also against justice and human rights. It allows one person to claim to own another as well as the ability to decide to kill the unborn child at will."

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Stika is no stranger to the media spotlight when it comes to preborn children. He was vocal in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a self-identified Catholic, and the New York law Cuomo signed into law last year, which legislates that babies may be killed at will throughout all nine months of their prenatal development, and beyond.

"Enough's enough. We have been waging this abortion battle since 1973," said Stika, who called abortion "legal child abuse" that is "a human rights issue."

Enough's enough. We have been waging this abortion battle since 1973.

In a Jan. 24 tweet, Stika said he was asked if he'd excommunicate Cuomo. "I think I might do it for any Catholic legislator under my jurisdiction who voted for the bill, as well as the Governor," he wrote. "Excommunication is to be not a punishment but to bring the person back into the Church. It's like medicine for them. But this vote is so hideous and vile that it warrants the act."

He tweeted similar statements on Feb. 3, saying that Cuomo is "out of the Church already. Again, all those who are Pro-Choice will be judged by God," he said.  

Later he tweeted, "The best way to deal with him is to vote him out. God will deal with him."

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York

In a recent interview, Stika explained to non-Catholics what excommunication means: "The whole point of excommunication is to say to somebody, 'You're out of communion of a relationship with the church by how you have chosen to live your life.' I don't know if he (Gov. Cuomo) practices his faith or not ... I don't think it would make any difference to him."

Canon Law 1398 states that "a person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae, which is the Latin term for automatic excommunication."

The penalty, however, is not imposed just on the woman who has the abortion. Any Catholic accomplice to the act receives the same penalty of automatic excommunication. An accomplice means one who assists in such a way that the act would not have been committed without his assistance. The excommunication extends to the abortionist, the nurse who assists, the boyfriend and/or parent(s) who encourage or pay for the abortion, etc. All are guilty, as stated in Canon Law 1329 sections 1 and 2.

"Do you ever go up to somebody and say, 'When will your fetus be born?'" Stika asked. "You say, 'When is your baby going to be born?' It's a human; it's a baby. It's got all the DNA at the beginning."

The scientific facts show that every adult human being possesses his or her own DNA, sex and genetic makeup from conception. Nothing changes other than maturity and the enviornment.

The Church teaches that while the parents provide the matter, God immediately infuses the spiritual soul. According to section 2270 of Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life."

While many states are legislating pro-abortion laws anticipating Roe v. Wade's potential overturning, Bp. Stika's state of Tennessee introduced a bill this month would ban most abortions should the Supreme Court overrule the case.

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