Straight Guy with the Catholic Eye: Priest parades 'seamless garment' while students walk for life
By Matt Abbott
Ah, you gotta love these "progressive" priests. (No offense to all you "progressive" nuns and laymen, er, laypersons.)
The following letter to the editor, written by Father Patrick W. Collins, a retired priest from the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois and current resident of Douglas, Michigan, was published in the June 10 edition of the Chicago Tribune:
"Someone confronted me in Augusta, Ga., in March: 'Can one be a Catholic and a Democrat?' My response: 'I hope so because I am both.'
"Well, the man told me that Edward Kennedy and John Kerry were not really Catholic and maybe I was not either. It was because their votes did not reflect the church's position on abortion, of course.
"The role of every politician is to work for legislation that will be for the common good. That is an age-old Catholic notion in the church's social teachings. I don't know why this is not mentioned in more of the conversations about Catholic politicians and Communion.
"The common good is not necessarily the ideal. It is, rather, the best that is achievable at a given time and place with a given community on a given issue.
"A Catholic politician, while personally opposing abortion on the moral level, could, in good conscience, vote for some laws, under very limited circumstances such as Roe vs. Wade, since he could discern that to be the best the country can live with.
"The politician should then feel obligated, I think, to make clear that while he supports the law, he is opposed on the moral level to people following that law.
"To me this makes good sense and should be part of the intense discussion these days.
"Also it is clear that nothing is clear in the political arena. I mean abortion is wrong, but so is capital punishment, environmental 'sin,' capitalistic greed and the war in Iraq--all have been proclaimed to be illegal and immoral by the Catholic Church leaders and many theologians and Catholics. There is room for a divergence of views among Catholic people and leaders on policies and laws apparently on all issues except abortion.
"By focusing all of the moral attention on abortion, I think we are becoming mono-maniacs and losing credibility in other areas of moral concern."
This was my response (it hasn't been published):
"I was very disappointed to read the letter by Fr. Patrick W. Collins (June 10) asserting that Catholics are too focused on the abortion issue in regard to the political process.
"On the contrary, I would submit Catholics are not focused enough on the evil of abortion; and the fact that the right-to-life is the most fundamental of all rights, despite what some morally corrupt judges and politicians have said.
"Fr. Collins believes that 'abortion is wrong,' but he essentially gives pro-abortion 'Catholic' politicians a free pass by using sophistry to suggest it might, under 'very limited circumstances,' be morally permissible to support an anti-life law.
"Would Fr. Collins also excuse a politician who would say, 'I'm personally opposed to racial discrimination, but, gosh, it is the law of the land' or some such statement - and then vote accordingly?
"I doubt it. But induced abortion is, like racism, a grave evil, and it should be treated as such.
"Fr. Collins, and those of like mind, subscribe to the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin's 'seamless garment' philosophy, which basically places opposition to abortion in the same moral category as opposition to a host of other social ills. According to this philosophy, it isn't that bad if a politician supports abortion, as long as he or she is 'right' on the other issues.
"Well, I say the emperor looks better with no clothes than wearing the see-through 'seamless garment.'"
Thankfully, Jill Sanders is one who doesn't embrace the "seamless garment." Or, at least, not to the extent that she finds ways to excuse pro-abort "Catholic" politicians.
Sanders, a student at Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan - and who has been mentioned before in this column - is one of 11 young people who are "crusading for life" this summer as part of the American Life League's (ALL) "Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church" campaign.
According to ALL's website (www.all.org), "The Crusade is walking this summer -- a very long walk from Augusta, Maine to Washington, D.C. We have located hundreds of pro-abortion political figures who claim the Catholic faith, and nearly half of them live in the Northeastern United States. So that's where we're going. While we're on the road, we'll be praying, attending daily Mass, and witnessing to the people of the region about the simple fact that you cannot be both Catholic and pro-abortion. The walk started on May 29 and concludes on July 31."
And it's going well. Reports Sanders: "The Crusade for Life has been really amazing so far. It has given us all a lot of hope for the future of our Church to see people come out in droves to support us."
Perhaps Father Collins can say a prayer - or, better yet - offer a Mass for them.
Matt Abbott - Author,
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- Death threats for opposing gay marriage? Florist appeals to Supreme Court
- Five things Catholics can do to promote international religious freedom
- Daily Reading for Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 HD Video
- Daily Readings for Saturday, April 21, 2018
- St. Anselm: Saint of the Day for Saturday, April 21, 2018
- Has California just voted to ban the BIBLE? HD Video
- California bill that could BAN THE BIBLE advances
- Global Warming threatening Europe with colder weather HD
- The Memorare HD
- God Alone Suffices HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, April 21st, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education