From readers – January 25, 2018

| January 25, 2018 | 5 Comments

Weaving the seamless garment

The last issue of The Catholic Spirit contained a number of articles on the pro-life issue of anti-abortion (“Leading the pro-life generation” and “45 years after Roe v. Wade, MCCL ties march to 2018 election,” Jan. 11). It was noted in one article that attention will be given to the candidates seeking office in the 2018 elections. It is my prayer that leaders in the Catholic Church and all Catholics take the urging of Pope Francis and consider the many pro-life issues proposed by each candidate and not just one issue. Pro-life issues include anti-abortion but also the death penalty and incarceration, health care for all citizens, gun violence, the opioid crisis, defense spending that kills innocent women and children around the world, and many more. As the late Cardinal Bernardin noted, pro-life is a seamless garment that encompasses issues from the womb to death and is not just one issue.

Mariah Snyder
Lumen Christi, St. Paul

Appreciated call to action

In eloquent words and piercing thought, Father Lachowitzer frames the spiritual dilemma and national disgrace that perpetuates collective and individual racism in the country (“Hopeless to hopeful,” Jan. 11). He addresses the soul of our Catholic faith and the integrity of our national purpose when he decries the racism and social injustice that deny citizen rights and full participation in national prosperity. The sins of racism continue to plague our national culture and call into question our commitment to the constitutional guarantees afforded to all citizens. A society that is unequal is also always unjust and results in the type of spiritual malaise and cultural angst that infects the country. Father Lachowitzer’s exhortation of hope, based on the teachings of Christ, invokes a call for action and the need for each parish to examine its outward commitment to active discipleship. To reference Archbishop Flynn, only when we actively oppose racism can “we walk humbly with our God.”

Ted May
St. Maximilian Kolbe, Delano

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  • Charles C.

    Miss Snyder,

    “The argument can be made that voting is a very remote form of cooperation in abortion. But is it all that remote? The legislator who votes for abortion is clearly a formal accomplice, giving formal cooperation with abortion. S/he shares both in the intention of the act, and in supplying material support for the act. If I vote for such a
    candidate, knowing full well that he will help make available public monies for abortion, or continue it decriminalization, then I am aiding him/her.

    “It is not sufficient to think that, since candidate X takes the ‘right position’ on other issues such as the economy, foreign relations, defense, etc. but only goes wrong on abortion, one can in good conscience, vote for him/her. Abortion deals with the first and most basic human right, without which there is nothing left to talk about.

    “Is this too stringent a way of thinking? Is it not nuanced enough, or does it do injustice to the complexities of a pluralistic society? Consider this question in light of another issue. Would voters be understanding and nuanced in their toleration of a known racist? Or would that be sufficient reason for everyone to consider him/her unfit for public office? Why should we understand intolerance in the case of racism, but not in the case of murdering unborn babies? Abortion is not just another “issue” – it is a matter of life and death, the great civil rights issue of our time.” — Fr Matthew Habiger

    • The so-called “seamless garment” theory has given cover to those who continue to vote for pro-abortion candidates and to so-called “Catholic” politicians such as Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, all the Kennedys, Cuomo, etc. Cardinal Bernadin was naive.

  • DebraBrunsberg

    The seamless garment is a useless argument. Abortion is intrinsically evil. Abortion is the murder of a living human being. Abortion is the killing of the most innocent and helpless of all human beings. If this should be on a par with defense spending, then someone seems to have veered a tad off the path from the teachings of Christ. How much did Jesus preach about health care or gun violence? What did he say about children? Who wants to stand before Him and say, but Lord, I had to vote for this person because they were for gun control and defense spending and all the things I held dear. I couldn’t not support them just because they embraced the murder of unborn children. . You know Lord, the seamless garment.
    It is my prayer that everyone who calls themselves a Christian will spend some time in Adoration asking the Lord what He thinks about our killing His creations…. and then trying to convince others that it is a good thing.

  • Charles C.

    Dear Mr. May,

    Every society, everywhere and always, is and has been unequal. Inequality does not equal inequity. Perhaps the question should be “Does the inequality result from ‘good causes’ or ‘bad causes.” It appears from your comments that you believe the cause (or a major cause) is “racism.” The problem I have with your comment stems from that.

    Is the Delano school district racist? Their police force? Their city council? If so, what action have they taken which is racist? If they’re not, tell me who is. If they are, and you can tell me what they have done which is racist (with evidence), I’ll help protest. Thankfully, in our society, actual racist acts are quickly identifed and brought to court.

    Worrying about some vague, society-wide “racism” does nothing to identify and solve the actual problem. What it does do is create tension, anger, and division.

  • Debra Braun

    A January 25 letter writer referred to Cardinal Bernardin and his “seamless garment” of life issues. On October 1, 1989 in “Deciding for Life,” Cardinal Bernardin himself wrote, “I wish to emphasize that no earthly value is more fundamental than human life itself. Human life is the condition for enjoying freedom and all other values. Consequently, if one must choose between protecting or serving lesser human values that depend upon life for their existence and life itself, human life must take precedence. Today the recognition of human life as a fundamental value is threatened. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of elective abortion. At present in our country this procedure takes the lives of over 4,000 unborn children every day and over 1.5 million each year.”