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We have a handful of liberal priests (as well as a “bishop” and a former pastor) about whom we write once in a while, but we’d not heard of this guy. His Twitter bio says he’s a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, but he’s come up with an argument in favor of keeping Roe v. Wade the law of the land. Let’s see if we’ve got this straight: Tradition is a source of revelation from God. Roe v. Wade has been a tradition for nearly 50 years, making it a revelation from God. And the Catholics on the Supreme Court aren’t respecting tradition, and therefore law itself has failed.
The Catholic Church has taught for centuries the importance of tradition as a source of revelation from God. Yet the Catholic members of #SCOTUS have rejected the use of tradition/historical precedent as a tool of understanding law. Once tradition becomes useless then laws fails. https://t.co/0Ol7b1UNua
— Fr. Bruce Wilkinson (@PadreInAtlanta) May 9, 2022
You’re arguing that if a SCOTUS ruling stays in place for a certain amount of time that it’s a revelation from G-d?
Is this your position on gay marriage? Women’s rights? Slavery?
What exactly is the time threshold for revelations from G-d?? https://t.co/LpyTDyxbPk
— Chad Felix Greene 🇮🇱 (@chadfelixg) May 10, 2022
Can you name the historical precedent for aborting a child?
— Dave (@stronkdaddy) May 10, 2022
With all due respect, Father, there was NO historical precedent for Roe. Abortion was never legal in this country until 1973.
Our rights come from God. Abortion is an objective moral evil, however; therefore, evil has NO rights.
— Christine Sarracino (@ChrisMSarracino) May 10, 2022
God outlawed murder with Cain about 10,000 years ago. If you want a revelation from God, look in His word. The Bible is clear about the humanness of the unborn and the penalty for murder of another human being.
— Lori Olivia (@simplylorilee) May 10, 2022
Is this a parody account?
— Manuel V Parnahyba (@MParnahyba) May 10, 2022
This must be the fruits of Vatican II I keep hearing about
— Simps in Gehenna (@SimpsInGehenna) May 10, 2022
Comparing divine revelation to stare decisis for an unjust law.
One of those things is not like the other
— Sally Mo (@sallimonella) May 10, 2022
Why didn’t that argument come up in 72 when when SCOTUS ignored decades or centuries of tradition in that ruling.
This new ruling merely undoes a previous egregious disregard of “tradition and history”.
— R DeLevis 🇺🇸 (@DeLevisV) May 10, 2022
— I am Sparta-Musk! (@TradCathLarper) May 10, 2022
Weak take, Father. The ruling is fifty years old. That’s hardly “tradition.”
It seems much more plausible that Roe will be deemed a jurisprudentially-untenable anomaly that broke from— and will ultimately be rejected by— a much older and more well-established tradition.
— PSM (@HudepohlKing) May 10, 2022
I’ve seen an awful lot of terrible justifications for abortion. I never for a minute thought anything would be dumber than what I’ve already heard.
Boy was I wrong…
— Critical Thinking (@irtated_bowels) May 10, 2022
Pretty sloppy routine overall and your frontal lobe didn’t really stick the landing.
— Red Wigglers (@CadillacOfWorms) May 10, 2022
Fr. Wilkinson: please clear up the confusion now and publicly state here that the Catholic Church has always taught that abortion is murder & that Roe was wrongly decided. Hopefully we all misunderstood your comments.
— Stevan Bolton (@StevanBolton) May 10, 2022
You should be defrocked. Seriously.
— 🌻Peach fuzz🌻 (@Peachfu08019815) May 10, 2022
This is so ignorant on so many levels.
— J. Noble Daggett (@arkansensis) May 10, 2022
This guy seriously is a priest in Atlanta. How the Catholic Church let that happen we have no idea. We thought it was “tradition” that priests were pro-life.
Ruth Sent Us says to ‘stuff your rosaries’ because they’ll be burning the Eucharist to show their disgust https://t.co/NDuqKqiFaB
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 7, 2022