While commerce in the remains of defenseless children is particularly repulsive, we should be no less appalled by the indifference toward the thousands of people who die daily for lack of decent medical care; who are denied rights by a broken immigration system and by racism; who suffer in hunger, joblessness and want; who pay the price of violence in gun-saturated neighborhoods; or who are executed by the state in the name of justice.
It wasn’t long before the blogosphere took note.
For example, onemadmomblog.com wrote “Cupich’s Moral Equivalencies Are Not So Equivalent” in which she stated:
By the way, Archbishop, yes, we should be less appalled at your laundry list of social justice causes. Why? Because they do not carry the moral equivalency of ripping babies apart! What part of that don’t you understand?....We all need a little more than lip service. When are we going to get it from you?
But, it’s not just onemadmomblog.com who is rightly concerned with the slippery slope of moral equivalence upon which Archbishop Cupich apears to have embarked.
None other than Philadelphia’s archbishop, the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput has fired back.
Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is worst. There’s a similar texture of ill will connecting all three crimes, but only a very confused conscience would equate thieving and homicide. Both are serious matters. But there is no equivalence.
The deliberate killing of innocent life is a uniquely wicked act. No amount of contextualizing or deflecting our attention to other issues can obscure that….
A case is sometimes made that abortion is mainly a cultural and moral issue, and politics is a poor solution to the problem. The curious thing is that some of the same voices that argue against political action on the abortion issue seem quite comfortable urging vigorous political engagement on issues like health care, homelessness and the environment.
In this regard, Genesis 3:1 warned:
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.
Let the discussion begin...
To read Archbishop Cupich’s op ed, click on the following link:
To read onemadmomblog.com’s post, click on the following link:
To read Archbishop Chaput's editorial, click on the following link: