July 25, 2018

Positivity: The consistent pro-life ethic can’t be ‘Calvinball’, prof tells pro-life Dems

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 10:25 am

From Denver:

Jul 24, 2018 / 10:56 am

Efforts to advance a pro-life ethic need to be “authentic, consistent and beautiful” if they are to combat the “throwaway culture” diagnosed by Pope Francis–and they must reject any similarity to “Calvinball”, the fictional game without rules from the Calvin and Hobbes comic, Charles Camosy, a Fordham University ethics professor, told a conference of pro-life Democrats.

Pope Francis is advancing a “consistent life ethic,” that does not “mean whatever anyone wants it to mean,” said Camosy, who criticized the inconsistencies behind some purported pro-life advocacy in the name of a “consistent life ethic.”

“I’ve even seen people use the consistent life ethic to try to take a pro-abortion position,” Camosy told a conference of the Democrats for Life of America July 21 during their inaugural annual conference in Denver.

“Because there are no rules it risks collapsing distinctions between issues, so that virtually any debate over a government program at all becomes just as important as debate over abortion or nuclear weapons.”

“If this is what the consistent life ethic is, then traditional pro-lifers rightly reject it. I would reject it. It’s just Calvinball.”

In response to this and other aspects of a “politically incoherent culture,” Camosy repeatedly emphasized Pope Francis’ rejection of the “throwaway culture.”

“Pope Francis’ pro-life vision is where we should be focused,” he said, characterizing it as the “key to the future of the prolife movement.” …

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