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The Wrath of God & Abortion

by James M. Kushiner

Apropos the editorial by Anthony Esolen in this issue, here is the response by the Greek Orthodox St. Paisios (d. 1994), when he was asked about laws permitting abortion:

We had the fear of God, but lost it . . . and this is why now we have legalized abortion. . . .

When a person disobeys a commandment of God, only that person is responsible to Him. But when something that goes against the commandments of the Gospel is made into law by the State, then the wrath of God comes upon the whole nation in order to be pedagogically taught a spiritual lesson. (Saint Paisios the Athonite: Spiritual Counsels, Volume IV, Family Life, p. 83)

James M. Kushiner is the Executive Editor of Touchstone.


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