Torn Garment

“A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who takes a position in favor of an intrinsic evil, such as abortion or racism, if the voter’s intent is to support that position.”

This statement is taken from the USCCB’s recent document titled Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about the wisdom of equating an act of killing with an attitude about racial superiority. I am more concerned with the apparent free pass the bishops are giving to pro-abort politicians. The bishops seem to be saying that you can vote for a pro-abort as long as you aren’t supporting the candidate’s advocacy for killing babies.

So go ahead and vote for the rabid pro-abort Hillary Clinton as long as you don’t personally support her baby killing agenda. In fact the bishops’ document would allow you to vote for an Adolph Hitler as long as you weren’t supporting his program to exterminate the Jewish race.

This is nothing more than a rehash of that tired “seamless garment” philosophy that is largely responsible for the lack of Catholic activism on the abortion issue. The seamless garment lets you vote for the baby killer as long as he/she is supposedly solid on poverty issues, health care, global warming, etc.

In theory the seamless garment presents a number of issues as being equally relevant in Catholic social teaching. In reality, the abortion issue gets lost in the shuffle. Here is a visual representation of the seamless garment in action:

Seamless Garment Issues: CLIMATE CHANGE, UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE, POVERTY, DEATH PENALTY, WAR, IMMIGRATION, RACISM…(abortion).

Perhaps it’s time to categorize the seamless garment as being intrinsically evil.