Thursday, October 11, 2007

Canon Law

RR notes:

I don't think many people are aware that for a period of nearly 300 years, until 1869, the Church recognized a distinction between the human dignity of the embryo (before 40 days) and the fetus (after 40 days).

Until he is corrected.

The Church did not officially teach this distinction; it was a widespread theological opinion, but never official teaching.

Canon law being distinct from Church teaching. After all, it's law, and the Church doesn't teach laws, or rules, but truths. At least that's my take. A law may be binding, but that doesn't mean it lines up perfectly with moral truth. Or should.

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