Skip to comments.National Catholic Reporter columnist calls unborn child 'a bundle of cells'
Posted on 03/22/2013 6:15:19 AM PDT by Morgana
The National Catholic Reporter has once again proved that its nickname, the National Catholic Fishwrap, is well deserved.
On Wednesday, NCR printed a column in which columnist Bill Tammeus (who, oddly enough, isnt Catholic, but a Presbyterian elder) referred to the unborn child as a bundle of cells and questioned why the Roman Catholic Church has exerted so much energy trying to stop abortion, as opposed to the death penalty.
After all, says, Bill Tammeus, in the matter of abortion, we have a bundle of cells that one day may be born.
On the other hand, in the case of the death penalty, we have human beings who have been around for years, having long proven viable outside the womb -- people who may be capable of repentance and who, thus, may be rescued from misspent lives.
That anybody in the 21st century is still laboring under the belief that the unborn child is merely a bundle of cells beggars belief. It brings to mind what a young man viewing photos of aborted babies on a university campus recently said in response to his friend who told him that its just a clump of cells.
Thats a pretty organized clump of cells! the man responded.
Indeed. If the unborn baby is a bundle of cells, then were all just bundles of cells.
But putting aside questions of elementary-school-level biology, lets consider some elementary-school-level mathematics.
Tell me, if you can, which number is higher: 50 million, or 1,300?
Fifty million is, of course (give or take several million), the number of human beings that have been killed by abortion in the U.S. since abortion was legalized in the United States in 1973.
1,324, on the other hand, is the number of executions that have taken place in the United States since 1976.
Or, in other words, there have been about 1.25 million abortions per year in the United States, as opposed to about 36 executions per year. So far this year, there have been a grand total of four executions in the United States, while there have been nearly 300,000 abortions.
Or, to look at it yet another way, the abortion rate is 37,000 times higher than the execution rate.
In the United States, with its advanced forensics and generally enlightened court system, its safe to say that the vast majority of those who have been executed were guilty of heinous crimes. On the other hand, every single unborn child killed through abortion was completely innocent.
Of course, there have been instances in which innocent people have been executed, and even one such death of one innocent person is clearly one too many. In the age of nearly escape-proof maximum security prisons, there may well be a good argument to be made that the risk of executing any innocent person is enough to favor abolishing the death penalty altogether. The Catholic Church appears to agree with that.
But when millions of innocent children are dying every year under the hand of the abortionists knife, and when millions of mothers are experiencing depression, alcoholism, and infertility after abortions, how can anyone, let alone a columnist in a supposedly Catholic newspaper, argue that the Catholic Churchs resources have been misplaced?
If anything, what we need is more resources, more energy, and more time poured into fighting this great scourge upon our society.
The real question is: why did a putatively "Catholic" newspaper feel the need to enlist the help of a non-Catholic to bash the Catholic Church's efforts on one of the most pressing issues of our day? This is just more proof that Bishop Finn was more than justified when he recently made clear that NCR, whose offices are located in his diocese, should not be using the word Catholic in their name. Unfortunately, so far NCR shows no signs of complying
So why is a Presbyterian writing in a Catholic newspaper?
I thought we still were a “bundle of cells”; just a lot more of them...
Referring to a yet to be born child as a bundle of cells sounds like an excuse to ease the consience of pro-abortion supporters like that idiot.
That being said, it seems like just a couple weeks ago Catholics were high fiving each other over closer relations with apostate, liberal denominations.
This is the same mindset that rationalized slavery because Africans weren't really human and also excused the holocaust because Jews were subhuman. Once one presumes to define any type of human life as somehow less than human or only "a bundle of cells" then they have entered the deepest heart of darkness.
Because this fishwrap isn't Catholic and has been told to cease and desist from continuing to lie by presenting itself as 'Catholic'.
Bill Tammeus and the National
Catholic Reporter are anti-Science: Conception to Birth: Visualized
Why not a JEWISH or ATHEIST or MUSLIM WRITER??? How STUPID!!!I’ve never read NCR and I will NEVER read it now!!
Of course they are organized, look who formed them! Isaiah 44:2 Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb
According to this loon, a mass murderer has “mis-spent” his life.
You beat me to it in posting the link for Conception to Birth. Great video!
February 24, 2013 to be exact:
Protestant Denominations, Catholics Sign Ecumenical Mutual Recognition of Baptism Agreement
Austin, Texas Leaders from several Protestant denominations met with representatives from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last night to sign an ecumenical document agreeing to recognize each others baptisms. The document, entitled These Living Waters: Common Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Baptism, has been approximately four years in the making. The Presbyterian Church USA was reportedly the first to deliberate the move, followed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops....The Common Agreement was signed last night in Austin, Texas by members of both the Presbyterian Church USA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as the Christian Reformed Church of North America, the Reformed Church of America and the United Church of Christ.
The fight so hard to spread ignorance.
That jerk used to be an editorial writer for the Kansas City (Red) star!
What an idiot and how in the world did that incompetent small mass of grey matter end up employed at the Catholic Reporter?
Just for the record, Bill was always on the far left-wing of the Presbyterian Church, at best.
His "opinions" are best suited for Mother Jones or some other spot, way, way left of NPR.
Just shows you how the camel behaves when he gets his nose in your tent!
Yet, I’ll bet Tammeus, like other liberals, would leap for joy at the first sign of a discover of the smallest living microorganism on Mars, calling it a “discovery of life.”
Yet an unborn baby is but a bundle of cells...
Tammaus will find that he is “just a bundle of cells” when ObamaCare deems him too expensive to treat in his old age. The utilitarian view of human life cheapens life and makes it disposable.
Best video I’ve ever seen. How did this guy get accepted for a Ted lecture?
National Catholic Reporter is LEFT-WING publication.
National Catholic Register, owned by EWTN, is a conservative
publication that promotes the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Yea, I think Alexander Tsiaras was sweating profusely because he knew what he was presenting was demolishing the liberals and their lies about abortion, and that it would not be popular and likely be condemned.
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