This is a Very Hopeful Sign

I’m a big supporter of Life Matters Journal.  Their incredibly simple idea:  Be Consistent.  Hold with the whole of Catholic teaching on the dignity and sanctity of human life and stop ransacking for bits and pieces to fortify a stunted, destructive and inhuman ideology.  The existence, youth, and vitality of these guys (centered at Franciscan University in Steubenville) is a great and joyous sign of the genuinely prophetic witness of the Catholic tradition to our culture.  Love, love, love ’em!

So what to my wonder eyes should appear today but a poster advertising their upcoming conference that exactly communicate this fully Catholic attempt to *consistently* address the whole spectrum of Catholic love for the whole human person and all human persons:

(Click on the poster to find out more about the conference and Life Matters Journal).  Now what’s what I’m talking about!  These guys get it.  After thirty years of polarized tribal groups tearing the common sense of Seamless Garment thinking to tatters with their endless Culture War tribalism, some smart young Catholics are finally starting to insist on consistency.  God bless their work in the Vineyard!  I wish I could be there to see it!  If you can be there, go!  They are on the side of the angelws and deserve all the support we can give them.  Such stuff just might change history!

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  • Faithr

    Wow, I would like to go to this. I never got the anger over the seamless garment image. I think it is because pro-lifers saw it as a way to diminish the significance of abortion when the right to life really is the basic right that all other rights stem from. But their reaction – uncharitable, cynical, often vicious, was just so detrimental to anything good! It just polarized things further and shut down dialogue. I am so happy to see some sanity emerge from all those years of unnecessary acrimony.

    • LSUStatman

      The “seamless garment” anger came after certain bishops went all in for Democrat politicians and disregarded the politician’s support for abortion. The practical result was that it gave cover for Catholic politicians to hold the “I’m personally against” position. Once that happened, the Nancy Pelosi’s of the world went further. During those years you heard a lot more condemnation from several bishops about Republican support for certain economic activities and the death penalty than you did of Democratic support for abortion.

      The bottom line is that the bishops should have never been seen as endorsing any party’s agenda without being forcefully critical of the areas where that party supported morally indefensible policies.

      • Faithr

        Yes, I can see how it developed. I just wish the pro-life side could have responded in a less polemical way. And you are right about the bishops very wishy-washy response.

      • chezami

        People on both sides are to blame for shredding the Seamless Garment, but him to whom much is given, much is required. Just as when the NY Times misunderstood Francis, what the right *should* do is *correct the NY Times*. Instead, with the Seamless Garment as with Francis, what the Right did was *agree* that the Seamless Garment was an attempt to undermine the prolife cause and shred it right along with the left. Result: 30 years of prolifers heaping contempt on the rest of the Church’s social teaching and painting themselves into the barren corner of insisting that opposition to abortion taketh away the sins of the world.

        • Mike

          Very very well put!

  • Monica Rafie

    Since “seamless garment” came up, seems appropriate to share this: