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Thursday, August 13, 2015

(Zmirak vs. Shea) The Planned Parenthood Videos: Is It Wrong to ‘Lie’ to Abortionists?

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Over at Stream.org, John Zmirak has an interesting article on the latest Planned Parenthood outrage that includes a veritable schooling of Mark Shea: "Catholic writer Mark Shea is leading the charge against Planned Parenthood’s critics. On July 21, Shea condemned the Center for Medical Progress in an online Catholic radio broadcast, where he also said that families sheltering Jews during the Holocaust would have sinned by deceiving the Nazis who hunted those Jews. At 35:30 he quipped, “The issue is not and never has been figuring out how to lie well; the issue is figuring out how to hide your Jews well.” Then he chortled heartily.

"Curiously, Shea has no previous track record of condemning the use of deception by police trapping pedophiles, CIA operatives fighting terrorism, or animal rights activists infiltrating factory farms. But over several years, Shea has spilled tens of thousands of words denouncing pro-life investigative reporters who infiltrated Planned Parenthood, even alleging that these pro-lifers had endangered their immortal souls by “tempting” professional abortionists into sin. You see, the prolife investigators of Live Action, including Lila Rose, showed up at abortion clinics and made fake appointments, trying to see if the clinics were willing to violate relevant laws. According to Shea, Rose was playing the evil temptress by doing that, urging someone to sin … because they intended to give her an abortion, so they sinned as gravely as a murderer who shoots but misses. She “tempted” them to do that, so she is just as guilty. Really?"  READ ARTICLE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: Really? I always knew Mark Shea prided himself on carrying water for liberals and "progressives" inside the Catholic Church.  But now it begins to appear that liberals anywhere and everywhere can expect to benefit from Mark's peculiar style of brown-nosing should Mr. “I’m So Much More Reasonable Than Thooooose Guys” Shea see an opportunity. Like Donald Trump trying to split political hairs yesterday by defending "certain aspects" of PP "important work for women's health", will Mark actually carry water, albeit in Dixie cups in this case, for Planned Parenthood if it means more thumbs up on his blog? Surely not! So what's this all about? We're all at war with the Culture of Death, right? So why the need to go all school marm against the folks who ripped the mask off the diabolical Planned Parenthood?  Because they supposedly lied? Really, so that venial sin means the expose itself is inadmissible and evil. Puh-leeze! Besides, the Church's teaching on making false statements, mental reservation, and deception is way more nuanced than Shea evidently realizes.


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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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