Baptist Pastor Admits to Murdering Daughter

It’s easy to think that all Baptists are of the conservative Southern type, but it ain’t necessarily so. Russell Moore, writing in Touchstone magazine reports on the Rev. Donna Schaper, a woman from a UCC/Lutheran background who is now pastor of Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Ms Schaper, has written in Tikkun magazine quite candidly about having an abortion. She even named the child she killed–a little girl called Alma.

Donna doesn’t apologize for, or even regret her decision. She writes that abortion is a ‘positive development’ that has allowed sex to become recreational for both men and women. She writes, “I did what was right for me, for my family, for my work, for my husband and for my three children.” Moore quotes her further:

I happen to agree that abortion is a form of murder. I think the quarrel about when life begins is disrespectful to the fetus. I know I murdered the life within me. I could have loved that life but chose not to. I did what men do all the time when they take us to war: they choose violence because, while they believe it is bad, it is still better than the alternatives.”

Now I’m one who wants to be optimistic about the state of things, and be positive and give people the benefit of the doubt, but doesn’t this one just about top all? Here’s a woman who professes not just to be a Christian, but is a Christian leader, wife and mother. She admits to what even she calls the murder of an innocent unborn child.

Then she comes up with the craziest kind of convoluted argument justifying her decision. “Men at the Pentagon send soldiers to war, so it’s okay for me to kill my baby.” Whaat??! There’s a world of difference between sending a soldier out to eliminate a clearly defined threat (he doesn’t even go out to kill deliberately, and only kills if he has to) and the free choice of a woman to kill her own unborn child. In one case (no matter how complicated the actul situation is) the intention is to stop, and if need be, kill, someone who is trying to destroy you or your loved ones. In the other case an innocent child is deliberately murdered to preserve what–a snug and smug Protestant pastor’s career trajectory??

There’s one truth in Pastor Schaper’s comparison: she connects abortion and war. The truly loopy thing is that I’ll bet any amount of money that Pastor Schaper is opposed to war. She’s probably preaching regularly against war in all its forms. Nevertheless, in her own life she cheerfully murders her baby and shifts the blame to male warmongers. This compares to the 60′s radicals who opposed the Vietnam war and supported left wing revolutionaries at the same time, but at least those radicals were driven by some sort of idealism that was greater than themselves. Pastor Schaper bumps off little Alma in the name of ‘recreationl sex.’

The silly, wicked woman is a hypocrite. She should resign at once, and start to live a life of penitence and prayer. Either that or in a spirit of repentance, she should apply to be pastor of one of these little storefront churches here in South Carolina called, The Four Square Tabernacle Church of God Prophecy Faith Cathedral. Those good folks would knock some sense into her.

  • Anonymous

    This demonstrates to my mind the close links between contraception and abortion – in both a child is viewed as a threat.

  • Anonymous

    This is a sad example of how one can be deceived on serious matters.And a warning to us all to stay close to Peter. By the way Father, I’ve always loved your book, Benedict and Therese, and am reading your instructions on Benedictine spirituality. I think the vow of stability is very interesting and as one engaged in a vow (married 21 years, very similar to the vow of stability) it seems God uses vows and the situations resulting from them to save us. And the best essay I’ve read on vows is GK Chesterton’s, In Defence of Rash Vows. SF

  • Anonymous

    Father, A check of the reverend’s biography makes her a UCC member with Lutheran training. The church claims to be of Baptist and UCC traditions.She is still appalling. Poor woman has much to answer for.

  • Anonymous

    As a former Protestant, one of the greatest blessings of becoming Catholic is the sure knowledge that my church will NEVER sanction things like abortion and homosexual behavior. I had been troubled for years that my Presbyterian and Methodist denominations were even studying those issues to determine what the church’s stance should be.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    anonymous 3 (doesn’t anyone want to leave their name anymore?)I’ve ameded the post to indicate the poor woman’s status.

  • Anonymous

    With all due respect, another tenant of our wonderful Catholic faith is the Assurance of Mercy, should Pastor S ever come to her senses. Maybe all of us posting on this thread could agree in prayer for her repentence instead of just ‘piling on’. Anon #5

  • Anonymous

    This does not surprise me that she comes from a Lutheran background. I was raised ELCA and keep tabs on the Church. This is exactly the type of thing that comes out of both the ELCA and liberal (American) Baptist churches.

  • Anonymous

    This post should have been titled Tikkun Timebomb.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    or ‘Getting Away with Murder’

  • Sursum Corda

    I am simply appalled. No doubt had this been a priest or other member of the clergy abusing young children it would be front page news. But a minister of the gospel (if I dare call her that)admitting to murdering her own daughter via abortion would not cause a whimper.I will wait expectantly for news that she has suddenly decided she is a lesbian and wants to marry her partner in the church. I do not wish to appear unkind but this woman really is the pits. I have not heard even hard headed radical feminists with no religious affiliation comment as coldly and brazenly on abortion. I am dumbstruck.

  • Arkanabar T’verrick Ilarsadin

    God loves this woman, in spite of her preposterous belief that one of us can bring about good ends by doing evil. Only God can bring good out of evil.But He loves little Alma too. I shall pray for them both, though Rev. (sic!) Donna Schaper clearly needs those prayers more.

  • Andrew

    Either that or in a spirit of repentance, she should apply to be pastor of one of these little storefront churches here in South Carolina called, The Four Square Tabernacle Church of God Prophecy Faith Cathedral. Those good folks would knock some sense into her.We could always pray for her conversion to the Catholic church?

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Andrew, Its always refreshing to find someone who believes in miracles.

  • William

    I am not sure where to begin… I am apalled, truly apalled but I can’t make my mind up as to whether it is this woman’s so cold and calm attitude to murder; or whether I should be more upset that a supposed priest of God can talk so lightly of the idea that sex is now mere ‘recreational’.I will pray for her soul.

  • Andrew

    Andrew, Its always refreshing to find someone who believes in miracles.Well you didn’t think I was going to pray for her to be a good Protestant now did you?!=)

  • charlotte

    I have just accidently come upon this and as a ‘good Protestant’ i can say that i disagree with the Pastor. However the idea that you would pray for her to be converted to the catholic church over the protestant church hardly shows love. I live in Birmingham in england and belong to an ecumenical university chaplaincy and have both catholic and protestant friends. We have had several discussions and believe in the same God, even if our practises are different. I dont know anyone would agree with such a cold attitude towards abortion, having named the murdered child, regardless of their denomination. This is not the middle ages, we need to pray together, not against one another. God Bless.