Tina Beattie in her very poor piece in the Guardian (by poor, I mean it is full of unsubstantiated assertions and a remarkable degree of prejudicial thinking) makes clear that she does not support Catholic teaching on contraception.
In her comments afterwards, it is also clear that she does not accept the Church's absolute opposition to abortion.
She repeats how dreadful it is that so many women die of maternity-related causes and botched abortions (though she nowhere reveals the sources for the figures she quotes). She is, of course right: it is dreadful.
However, what is lacking is any concern at all for the children aborted. And her proposed solutions - the promotion of the 'women's reproductive rights' agenda - would only increase that number.
And this woman has tenure at a Catholic teaching institution.
Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix.
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris,
sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.
Wherein Fr. Z muses about Lady Day, 25 March - Sometimes in the history of our salvation the stars line up to portend amazing events. These stellar alignments are sometimes literally stellar, as in the...
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