Archbishop Paglia Accepts the Legitimacy of Italian Abortion Law

Source: FSSPX News

Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, affirmed, during the Agorà – Summer broadcast, on the third Italian television channel, Rai 3, that the Italian law on abortion is a “pillar of social life.”

During the broadcast, presenter Giorgia Rombolà asked Archbishop Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life since August 17, 2016, after serving as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, what he thought of the abortion law, reintroduced into the political debate as the elections approach.

The answer was clear: “I think that Law 194 is now a pillar of our social life.” ‘Law 194’ is Italy’s abortion law, a law that has allowed the murder of more than 6 million children since it came into effect.

Remaining somewhat hesitant and incredulous, the presenter insists, and asks if they were talking about Law 194. The prelate insists: “Yes, absolutely, absolutely!” He adds: “there is a part that is not being addressed, it is the right to motherhood, to see our country grow in the face of the drama of an imbalance of generations.”

Following these statements, the Italian association Pro Vida & Famiglia published a press release signed by its spokesperson, Jacopo Coghe, in which he expressed his “astonishment” at the Archbishop's remarks.

“The just intention of promoting an open, secular, and shared debate on abortion and birth, encouraging the application of Law 194 equally with the context of prevention and social protection of maternity, cannot deny the intrinsic inequity of Law 194.

“This is why we were surprised by the words of Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, who declared yesterday, live on RAI, that Law 194 on abortion is ‘a pillar of our social life.’ We do not understand how a law that takes away defenseless and innocent human lives can be a ‘pillar’ of society.”

On August 29, the Academy spokesperson protested this reaction. He explained that Msgr. Paglia was only noting “that it is practically impossible to abolish Law 194 as a now structural element of the legislation in this matter.”

But this reaction underlines the correctness of the pro-life association’s response, and only pushes the prelate it wants to defend a little further.

Indeed, following St. Thomas Aquinas, theology teaches that a bad law is no law at all. For a true law must be made for the common good. Now, a crime such as abortion is contrary to the common good. This is why we can oppose such a law until it is withdrawn. It is therefore impossible that that which is not a law can be a “structural element of legislation.”

For such an affirmation would recognize the legitimacy of such a law. And it is useless to resort to subterfuge: according to the spokesperson, the expression “pillar of society” is not a value judgment on the law. To recognize legitimacy is to endorse that law as good, because only a good law can be considered law.

This statement and the exchange that followed show how far the Pontifical Academy for Life has gone astray and deviated from Catholic doctrine on such an essential subject as abortion.