Don’t water down truth in the name of civility

| November 4, 2010 | 4 Comments

It is always disheartening to see the obligatory “both parties are bad” letter that inevitably comes out every election time [“Civility lost in communicating political viewpoints,” Oct 18].

While Mr. Zimmerman’s longing for a spirit of civility is commendable, such a perspective blurs the real and important differences between the two main political parties.

No one looking honestly at contemporary politics can deny that one party is consistently wrong on the most important pro-life issues such as embryonic stem cells, euthanasia and abortion. And yes, there is a huge difference between capital punishment and abortion — the catechism never says that abortion is sometimes permissible as it does with the death penalty and even war (see CCC 2267, 2270-2279).

We would do well to remember that Jesus wasn’t always civil when he dealt with life’s most serious issues and, when it comes to protecting life, what we say is ultimately more important than how we say it. Let us speak the truth always with love (Ephesians 4:15). But when that truth is obscured, confused or watered down, how authentic can love really be?

Ryan Dowhower
Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul

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