The winds of change are blowing over at Look At All The Books I Read. He’s grasped upon the latest LDS.org statement on the ever popular and controversial issue of Abortion. He compares it to the slightly different statements contained in True To The Faith, finds some slight differences in verbiage, and come to the conclusion the Church’s position on this sensitive and personal issue is shifting.
Yeah, and California is sliding into the ocean at the same pace.
The differences between the two statements are negligible, ones only a lawyer could find. I’m not going to debate the rail splitting here. I simply draw your attention to Dave’s closing statement:
Since these new public statements both explicitly require any LDS teenager or woman to make such a difficult decision "only after the persons involved have consulted with their local church leaders" (quoting the LDS.org statement), it would seem disingenuous for members to be guided by gentler public statements while said local church leader, pulling down his restricted copy of the CHI, reads language that paints anyone consulting them in connection with an abortion decision as the equivalent of a murderer. (Emphasis added)Call me a Snarker, but that’s shooting just a little beyond the mark there, Dave. There’s a big difference between seeking counsel from a Priesthood leader regarding a decision as defining as whether to terminate a life and seeking forgiveness for having terminated one. Your lack of understanding of and respect for what happens when Stake Presidents, Bishops, and Branch Presidents counsel with the affected parties about this decision is truly troubling. But I digress.
On the basis of these more recent statements of LDS leaders, that sort of condemnatory language seems out of step and out of date. (Emphasis added)Out of step and out of date with what? A worldly philosophy which places the “right” of a woman to end the life of a child above nearly everything else?
What is the end hope here? That the Church will ever so slowly slouch toward the Gomorrah Policy of "Anything Goes"? I'm not holding my breath.