Because...the spirit moved me...
Posted by mikeh (+308) 5 years ago
...I post the following...

American Catholics have been accustomed to this for years. Groups like Catholic Answers have come up with a list of non-negotiables, five of them – abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, embryonic stem-cell research, and same-sex marriage. The logic is that since these are “intrinsically evil”, they can never be supported. Everything else is “negotiable” in the sense that prudential differences are possible.

Clearly, this does not pass the smell test. The concept of “instrinic evil” is simply not a useful way of thinking about public policy – after all, masturbation is intrinsically evil, while drunk driving is not. This argument was made brilliantly by Bishop Robert McElroy in America magazine, which has become essential reading for American Catholics.

As an example: war is not intrinsically evil, because some wars are just. Taken to its logical and absurb conclusion, this approach to public morality would argue that what Bashar al-Assad is doing in Syria is not “non-negotiable” and so can be supported. A less extreme example concerns poverty reduction. Yes, this is a prudential issue, and yes, there are many approaches consistent with Catholic social teaching. But actions to make the poor poorer and the rich richer is not one of them.

Morning's Minion - No more non-negotiables

Also this...

Days Before U.S. Election, Pope Francis Warns Against Politics of Fearhttp://www.americamagazin...itics-fear

...not that I'm telling anyone how to vote...and not that I'm saying this is a time to build bridges and not walls...

Mike Hardy
Too chickenpoop to hold out my hands and tongue to be cut off...not quite chickenpoop enough to post this without my name.

[Edited by mikeh (11/7/2016 7:35:24 AM)]