ROME, October 25, 2004 ( – The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican has published the “Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.”

In a press release today, the Catholic teaching that abortion is a “horrendous crime” is again reiterated. The current hot topic of Catholics voting for pro-abortion politicians was left alone and Vatican officials deflected questions about it.

Vatican spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls said that individual bishops could comment on campaign issues to, “illuminate the consciences of the faithful with ethical elements so they can make a judgment.” But he declined to comment when asked by reporters if the book would settle the issue that has divided the US Catholic Church. “The Holy See never gets involved in electoral or political questions directly,” he said.  The book, over five hundred pages long, was compiled to clarify the Church’s social teachings, those related to public life, “in an historical period marked by very rapid and radical social, economic and political changes,” according to the Vatican press release.

With the release of this document the Roman Catholic Church has committed itself to the longstanding doctrine that abortion is never justifiable and represents “a dangerous threat to a just and democratic social existence.”  CTV News coverage:   ph


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