Georgia Bishops Clarify their Position: Incrementalism at its worst

Last week, it hit the blogosphere that the Georgia Bishops have opposed a proposed state constitutional Human Life amendment.

The controversy has been reported and discussed at such places as American Life League, Catholic Answers, Cafeteria is Closed, and a cool newer blog I’ve discovered, the ironically named “St. John’s Valdosta,” written by a journalist in exile.

Now, in the speculation, several reasons were floated. I’ve posted my view to several of the above forums. Having lived in Valdosta, GA, for three years, I know all about Bishop Boland, and, knowing Wilton Gregory from his tenure as president of the USCCB, I am not at all surprised by this move on their parts. After all, among other things, both refuse to excommunicate pro-abortionists, and Wilton Gregory started the canonically illicit “Lay Review Board,” which, we all know, is staffed by prominent pro-abortion politicians.

But, this week, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Atlanta “clarified” their stance, and it was exactly what I figured: good old incrementalism.

I chronicled extensively last August (see archives) about how Evangelium Vitae and the Pontifical Academy for Life say that, while we may support “incremental” measures against abortion, we must not adopt incrementalism as an approach. They say that we must support every anti-abortion measure we can, that we should never fail to support a pro-life law for fear of offending the populace or for fear that it “isn’t the right time” or that it will be overturned. Pope John Paul II condemend such an attitude as the sin of despair.

Well, that’s what Archbishop Gregory and Bishop Boland have said, through this spokesperson: “This law won’t actually take effect, because we are convinced the Supreme Court will never overturn Roe v. Wade, so it’s a waste of time.” Thank you, Eeyore and Puddleglum, for your courageous leadership!!

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One response to “Georgia Bishops Clarify their Position: Incrementalism at its worst

  1. This is a great post. I sent it to Dan Becker, the Pres. of Georgia Right to Life, and he wants me to send him the exact citations and paragraphs from Evangelium Vitae and the Pontifical Academy for Life, so that he can counter the bishops’ arguments. Please email me at metusdeus@yahoo.com . Please also email me any other great relevant material that you think would counter the bishops’ arguments.

    “Evangelium Vitae and the Pontifical Academy for Life say that, while we may support “incremental” measures against abortion, we must not adopt incrementalism as an approach. They say that we must support every anti-abortion measure we can, that we should never fail to support a pro-life law for fear of offending the populace or for fear that it “isn’t the right time” or that it will be overturned. Pope John Paul II condemend such an attitude as the sin of despair.”

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