I was giving a talk for adult education in the faith at a parish not my own, and the subject of cooperation in abortion was discussed. In the small group session, a young lady said to me that she was upset to feel criticized because she had accompanied a friend to an abortion clinic. “I didn’t have the abortion and never would, but I wanted to support my friend.”

She was puzzled when I said that sort of “support” was mistaken. It didn’t occur to her that accompanying someone to an intrinsically evil act was problematic. What mattered to her was her friendship. I referred her to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which reads:

Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them: by participating directly and voluntarily in them; by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them; by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so; by protecting evil-doers. (1868)

Praise the Lord

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