I was simply commenting that the Catholic Church seemingly had..has..2 different perspectives when it comes to "innocent children". One was a cover up at all "costs", said costs being the mental & physical well being of "innocent children" and the other a hard core,black & white condemnation of abortion of "innocent children". Apples to apples to me.
All will fall short of the example of Christ. You are correct about the monstrous hypocrisy of elements of the RCC - it has cost them and it will continue to cost them in terms of prestige, trust, etc. In my opinion the Church stopped being a true force for good when it got too deeply involved in European and World political affairs - well over a thousand years ago. The pedophile priest scandal will haunt them for the foreseeable future.
This does not change the fact that if a person truly believes that life begins at conception, or prior to 4, 6, 10, 16, 28 weeks of gestation, they are warranted (and justified) in arguing for the protection of these unborn children.
You do not share these beliefs and I respect that. You indicated earlier that your sister did not terminate "a child", because you all did not consider this particular pregnancy to consistute a child, at least not yet. However, you can understand that opinions will vary from:
1.) It was a child, and your sister had the right to terminate the pregnancy under the circumstances, to
2.) No matter the circumstances, it was a murder of an unborn child
...and everything in between. People can even hold 2.) and not necessarily be judgmental - your sister's situation is one of the emotional hammers the pro-choice political movement uses to bash people who are pro-life. While it consitutes a very small percentage of abortions, restriction of any abortion right, whatsoever, is always, always, always argued to your sister's relatively uncommon situation.
As far as the issue goes - it is one of those examples of a very decisive question that, by its very nature, is subject to very little negotiation/conciliation.
In the end, all we can do is (try to, at least) treat each other as other members of the human family, with strength, weakesses, flaws and foibles. Ultimately, it is all we can do.
This post was edited on 11/19 at 7:33 pm