- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In recent days, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her office have indicated that she has studied the writings of St. Augustine, the great fifth-century bishop of Hippo and Doctor of the Church. Specifically, she has noted a view, reflected in his writings and based on the mistaken biology of the day, that the human fetus becomes capable of receiving a human soul a few weeks into pregnancy.

Mrs. Pelosi should read more of Augustine. She would quickly discover that this great teacher condemned abortion at every stage of pregnancy and condemned the contraception she is advocating as “fornication.” Furthermore, Augustine did not have the benefit, as we do, of modern science, which shows that human life begins when the egg is fertilized by the sperm. Nor did he have the benefit of modern scientific instruments that clearly demonstrate the human features, the brain waves and other signs of human life of the child developing in the mother’s womb.

With his towering mind and intellectual integrity, Augustine most certainly would have paid attention to these developments had he lived in our times. They would have confirmed his condemnation of both abortion and contraception.

BISHOP WILLIAM E. LORI

Diocese of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Conn.

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