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At the beginning of the month Archbishop Cupich wrote a column in response to the undercover videos regarding Planned Parenthood and Stem Express. His column started out fine and dissolved to weak-tea moral equivalence.

While commerce in the remains of defenseless children is particularly repulsive, we should be no less appalled by the indifference toward the thousands of people who die daily for lack of decent medical care; who are denied rights by a broken immigration system and by racism; who suffer in hunger, joblessness and want.

No less appalled?

He is obviously appealing to a previous Chicago archbishop Cardinal Bernardin and the “seamless garment” argument. Unfortunately he is misusing it like so many have that instead of a hierarchy, it is flattened down so that everything is on the same level.

“I don’t see how you can subscribe to the consistent ethic and then vote for someone who feels that abortion is a ‘basic right’ of the individual.”He went on to say, “I know that some people on the left, if I may use that label,have used the consistent ethic to give the impression that the abortion issue is not all that important anymore, that you should be against abortion in a general way but that there are more important issues, so don’t hold anybody’s feet to the fire just on abortion. That’s a misuse of the consistent ethic, and I deplore it.” (June 12, 1988)

That quote is from Cardinal Bernadin who saw the misuse of this idea in his day. Usually we get what I call the “Shameless Garment” argument of moral equivalence totally unlike the Cardinal’s original espousal of the consistent ethic of life with various levels treated separately. This same Cardinal refused an invite to deliver the invocation at the Democratic National Convention because of their support for abortion.

As a remedy to this weak column, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput wrote a column mentioning the seamless garment without the moral equivalence.

Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is worst. There’s a similar texture of ill will connecting all three crimes, but only a very confused conscience would equate thieving and homicide. Both are serious matters. But there is no equivalence.

The deliberate killing of innocent life is a uniquely wicked act. No amount of contextualizing or deflecting our attention to other issues can obscure that.

… But of course, children need to survive the womb before they can have needs like food, shelter, immigration counseling and good health care. Humanity’s priority right — the one that undergirds all other rights — is the right to life.

As in most cases there is a proper both/and here in that Catholic social teaching is not just one or two issues and that you get to pick which ones you prefer to support.

“Opposition to abortion and euthanasia does not excuse indifference to those who suffer from poverty, violence and injustice. Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing, and health care … But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life.

  3 Responses to “There is no equivalence”

  1. Why Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops…

    • “Why Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops…”

      Come on Bill, YA’ve got to stop putting silly ideas into Victor’s so called brain cells cause YA know as well as all of US (usual sinners), “I” mean us gods that body parts of bishops like skulls do not enter Hell cause “The Matric” “I” mean the alien gods would not let “The Evil Trinity” of “The Devil”, “Lucifer” and “Satan” miss lead any puppets’, “I” mean human animals,…no, no, “I” meant to say good human beings are hell, “I” mean well protected from other gods… Don’t be fooled by the original game of “Diablo” that Victor use to play cause “IT” really is, “I” mean was a fictional game where Victor use to go into the basement of a church and didn’t stop until he saved those bishops, “I” mean those characters who played evil bishops… Long story short, if YA believe in so called evil bishops then “I” have some body, “I” mean land for sale… Pay no attention to those who might call our land “Swamp land” because those dinosaurs still believe that unborn children need to survive the womb before they can have needs like food… Truth is Victor still believes that there is hope for these bishops because at the end of “Diablo”… the bishop, “I” mean the beast turned into a human being… in other words he got his soul back and……………………………………………………..and………………………………………………………and…

      END YA SAY sinner vic? DON’T BE LIKE THAT! BE NICE NOW!

      Go Figure all these co-incidental research …lol 🙂

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flCELS__q5I

      Please keep praying for “ME” “MYSELF” and “I”.

      God Bless

  2. One of the primary reasons for the creation of the “seamless garment” argument was that the hierarchical alinskyites like Bernardin saw immediately that the prolife position was spot on in accord with Catholic doctrine and that the faithful’s advocacy on behalf of unborn babies would strengthen orthodox Catholicism and, perhaps most significantly, provide the basis for the first time in history for saying a good Catholic cannot vote for a Democrat, for any Democrat at any level of government. And so the scheme and subterfuge of “we must care about all ‘Life’ issues” was compassionately promulgated by liberals and dissenters. The US bishops via the USCCB could have written a single page that says that Democrats are Death Dealers and their party has fulfilled Cardinal Burke’s prophecy that they are become the Party Of Death, but instead they provide every four years a voluminous document in whose text is submerged the words stating that there are two intrinsic evils – abortion and racism – i.e. evils so bad, so heinous, so evil that no consideration outweighs them. It is clear that AB Bern Cupich’s attempt to morally equate abortion and some so-called “social justice” issues – his resurrection of the theologically debunked “seamless garment” cover up – tells us we must be approaching another election cycle and the liberal dissenters, forsaking their jobs as shepherds, are again shilling for the Democrat Party Of Death. The time for dialogue, the time for being nice, and the time for discussion ended decades ago when we in America began killing thousands of babies each day – tens of thousands in the archdiocese that AB Bern Cupich (thinks he) rules. Yes is yes, no is no, Democrats are Monsters, Democrats are evil, Democrats are demonic, and, without simile or analogy, Democrats Are Planned Parenthood – no strong memo to follow. The only reason not to say this this plainly is to play the deadly game of the prelates who do not want the faithful to vote for candidates other than Democrats. And they are not fools- they see the flood of new Democrats, now over 42,000,000 of them illegally here, who, if they learn the truth that it is a mortal sin to vote for a Democrat, will sway the balance of political power in this country once they are legalized by executive order. Guy McClung, San Antonio, Texas

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