monk writing, Besancon, BM 434, 1372
To be completed and returned within two weeks.
In your answers, when you refer (as you should!) to numbered sections of Catholic Teaching Documents (canons, encyclicals, the Catechism, etc.) DO NOT cut and paste the text into your answer. SUMMARIZE ACCURATELY what the relevant text says, just as you would in any real pastoral situation.
Please answer both questions
1) An emergency-room physician in your parish asks for an appointment with you. He wishes to know whether it is permissible to prescribe a drug that prevents pregnancy by preventing the fertilized zygote (actually a blastocyst) from implanting in the lining of the uterus. He raises this question because he has read that some Catholic theologians claim that the beginnings of “personhood” are delayed until some time after conception. He thinks this has something to do with twinning and the infusion of the soul.
What do you tell him? What, if anything, do you recommend that he read?
2) The director of religious education in your parish has discovered a website that claims that there was a time in the early church when early abortions were permitted (http://www.hopeclinic.com/AbortionHistory.htm). She asks you whether this is true and asks for some sources she can use in teaching.