Monday, November 05, 2012

"Non-negotiable" Issues

In a stunning development, it appears NCR admits to both the existence of intrinsic evils and the reality of the need for prudential judgment. Don't get too excited, however. Alas, the conclusion is entirely predictable.
PHIL LAWLER - An editorial in the National Catholic Reporter argues that “Catholics who bring with them a conservative political agenda” are doing a disservice to the Church by suggesting that some political issues are non-negotiable. The Reporter cites the words of Blessed John Paul II, who said that intrinsic evils include not only abortion and euthanasia but also “whatever is offensive to human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution and trafficking in women and children; degrading conditions of work which treat laborers as mere instruments of profit, and not as free responsible persons…”

Wait; haven’t we heard this argument before? As I said at the time:

If you find a politician who openly advocates subhuman living conditions, who calls for arbitrary imprisonments, who attends fundraisers for the human-trafficking industry, who endorses government subsidies for prostitution, who demands legal
protection for slavery, you cannot in good conscience vote for him.

The point—which liberal Catholics seem incapable of grasping—is that no viable candidate on the American political scene advocates prostitution, slavery, and subhuman living conditions. Every responsible politician condemns these intrinsic evils. The candidates differ only insofar as they disagree on prudential judgments about how to counteract those problems. continue reading...

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