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Friday, October 03, 2008

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Ed Peters

The unravelling of the seamless garment is in full swing. Deo gratias.

Margaret

I'm with you, Ed.

padraighh

I have always found the seamless garment argument rather seemless.

Sawyer

Actually, educating yourself for any election is pretty easy. The Democrat Party is the party that supports a culture of death, so it is immoral to vote for a candidate who is a member of that party. That leaves the Republican Party and its candidates as the only remaining morally acceptable (but imperfect) option.

Margaret

I've also heard people accidentally refer to it as the seamless shroud... :-)

Mark Brumley

The metaphor of the seamless garment for a consistent life ethic rightly emphasized the principle of concern for all issues touching on the subject of human life. It also tended to do what Cardinal Bernardin claimed it was not intended to do--equate all issues touching on the subject of human life.

The situation of the innocent, helpless unborn child is radically different from the aggressor in an unjust war. The threat to human life posed by inadequate health care is not the same as the threat to human life posed by gangs in crime-riden neighborhoods of the certain inner cities. The evil of homicide committed against the law of a nation is not the same as state-endorsed and state-protected homicide of abortion and embryonic experimentation. Furthermore, matters involving things wrong in principle and under any conditions are not the same as matters involving things that might or might not be wrong depending on circumstances or states of affairs that are difficult to assess.

I think the metaphor of the seamless garment has more problems than it's worth and I agree it is long past time to give it up. It seems to be the case that many serious thinkers have done so.

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