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October 26, 2022
Note from the Managing Editor
Father John Horgan died October 19th in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was a member of the CERC Canada Board of Directors for over 26 years. Our Editor, Fraser Field, wrote this on the occasion:
Father John Horgan was a great friend to CERC as a Director for 26 years. His extensive knowledge of the Church and savvy grasp of politics and culture helped guide our Board through many complex discernments. He was a gracious host, and we're grateful for the memorable and entertaining dinners that often preceded those meetings we held at his rectory. He had a manner that made each person he dealt with feel known and valued. We, along with the many, many others whom he advised, counselled, befriended, and encouraged, will miss him enormously.
You can listen to a collection of Father Horgan's homilies on the site here.


I want to encourage you all to read our first editorial, "Spread of Catholic hospitals limits reproductive care across the U.S." from the Washington Post. The lede of the article reads: "Religious doctrine restricts access to abortion and birth control and limits treatment options for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies."

When you Google "catholicism ectopic pregnancies," the second result is from Catholic Answers, which explains why an ectopic pregnancy can be morally treated according to the principle of double effect:
1. Removing a part of the body that is about to rupture and cause the death of the individual is a morally good action.

2. The death of the child is not the direct intention of the procedure. It is the removal of the fallopian tube that saves the life of the mother, not causes the death of the child.

3. The death of the child is not willed and would be avoided if at all possible—if, for example, re-implantation in the womb were reasonably possible.

4. The life of the mother is, of course, equal to the life of the child.
Aside from surgery, ectopic pregnancies are commonly treated by a drug called methotrexate, a chemical abortifacient. This is not ethical under the principle of double effect.

The errors of the Washington Post article should not go unchallenged. To submit a letter to the editor, click here.

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez
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