Last fall, Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo spoke on conscience and politics at Loyola College in Baltimore. In one key paragraph, he hits on the key difference in “proportional issues”:
Catholics in the political arena must recognize that opposition to intrinsic
evils, such as abortion, euthanasia, genocide, embryonic stem-cell research and
same sex unions is always required by the faithful Catholic. Because these
intrinsic evils are direct attacks on human life and marital dignity, they are
nonnegotiable for every Catholic. Catholics must recognize, too, that in the
other human life issues — such as immigration, capital punishment, the economy,
health-care and war — the dignity of the human person must first and foremost
be taken into consideration in seeking solutions to these questions.
That is the difference. Some issues involve intrinsic evils, which are always wrong. Other issues, such as immigratino, capital punishment, economics, health care and war, do not involve moral absolutes, but they do involve the dignity of the human person. In these cases, Catholics must always consider that dignity. But as long as that dignity is considered, there is room for a variety of opinions.
One might give the example of war. When many Catholics expected the Holy Father to condemn the war in Iraq when he visited the U.S., Pope Benedict instead praised soldiers for upholding human dignity by fighting for the freedom of others. I oppose socialized health care because I believe it is an affront to human dignity.
People are trying to say the same thing about abortion: that they are still looking out for “human dignity” even while they support legalized abortion because they support “prevention” and/or the “dignity” of the mother. The difference is that abortion is a moral absolute, while those other issues are *not* moral absolutes.
The idea of a human-animal hybrid dates back to the efforts of ancient mythmakers to make sense of their visions of angels and demons. The modern idea of combining human and animal DNA has been a staple of science fiction for decades. In some ways, it’s always seemed like one of the more “plausible” sci-fi scenarios.
You’ve got Spider-Man, for example. Then there’s Batman’s adversary, the Man-Bat. Then there’s Zartan with his chameleon DNA, and then the Cobra V-Troops of G. I. Joe’s “Valor vs. Venom” line. I can’t think of any other examples off-hand, except about a third of the characters in Masters of the Universe.
Anyway, not only have human-animal hybrids become a scientific reality, but the United Kingdom of Satan has now legalized the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos.
Based upon his own penitence for overlooking the abortion views of Bobby Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Charles Chaput has called upon Obama’s Catholic supports to not just overlook his position on abortion, but to try and convert him.
It is amazing to hear someone actually say this, but it shouldn’t be. This is what we’re supposed to be about. This is the very point of my post yesterday: what ultimately bothers me about liberal Catholics is that they seem more concerned about money than about salvation of souls. Liberation theologians want to liberate people from temporal worldly problems–nice enough, but, ultimately, irrelevant. They show no interest in liberating people from slavery to Satan or from the future chains of Hell.
Back when Bill Clinton had his heart troubles, I commented on some boards that I was praying for his conversion. People took this as an insult. I said, “Of course not. I pray for the conversions of every politician, and even moreso for someone near death.” (Pause to offer an “O Blood and Water . . . ” for Ted Kennedy).
I pray for the conversion of George Bush. I pray for the conversino of Osama bin Ladin. I pray for the conversion of the Clintons. I pray for the conversion of John McCain. I pray for the conversion of Barack Obama. I pray for the conversion of Antonin Scalia and the conversion of Nancy Pelosi. All of them need conversion in varying degrees. We all need it.
But we don’t *do* it. We dont’ convert ourselves. We don’t pray for the conversion of others. For liberals, praying for conversion is *wrong*. Look at all the fighting over the Good Friday prayers in the Tridentine Rite.