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  The "Seamless Garment" and a Consistent Pro-Life Ethic
The case for a consistent ethic of life—one which stands for the protection of the right to life and the promotion of the rights which enhance life from womb to tomb—manifests the positive potential of the Catholic moral and social tradition.
A consistent ethic does not say everyone in the Church must do all things, but it does say that as individuals and groups pursue one issue, whether it is opposing abortion or capital punishment, the way we oppose one threat should be related to support for a systemic vision of life.
Pastorally, a consistent ethic of life is a contribution to the witness of the Church's defense of the human person.
www.priestsforlife.org /magisterium/bernardinwade.html   (2793 words)

 Consistent ethic of life approach withstands backlash | The-Tidings.com
The consistent ethic of life is an integrated approach to moral analysis, concerned with the protection and nurturing of human life across the entire spectrum of human existence, from conception to death.
Cardinal Bernardin gave several other addresses on the consistent ethic of life, including one in 1988 to the annual meeting of diocesan pro-life directors, while serving as chairman of the episcopal Conference's Pro-Life Activities Committee (see "Voters and the Consistent Ethic," Origins, 9/1/1988).
So strong is this emerging backlash against the consistent ethic of life that many bishops apparently broke with precedent last month and withheld their votes from Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, Washington, one of ten candidates for Conference president.
www.the-tidings.com /2004/1217/essays.htm   (868 words)

 The New Abolitionists
Consistent Life is dedicated to speaking out against all forms of violence — the death penalty, euthanasia, war and abortion.
Environmentalists For Life is a project of Pat Goltz, one of the founders of Feminists for Life.
Libertarians For Life — Okay, they're hardly on the left, but they are challenging their own status quo and it's kind of a neat exploration of just where the limits of laissez faire ought to be.
www.trageser.com /abolition.html   (1492 words)

 AIDS and the Consistent Ethic of Life - Catholic Update December©2004
The consistent ethic of life rules out contradictory moral positions about the unique value of human life—and it would be contradictory, for example, to be against abortion but for capital punishment or to work against poverty but to support euthanasia.
The consistent ethic of life recognizes the necessity of personal responsibility and also emphasizes the pervasive influence of these political, economic and social structures that contribute to the spread of HIV and AIDS.
This political and economic task may well be the most challenging, for the consistent ethic of life, with its emphasis on justice and the common good, calls into question some of the basic practices of the United States, especially economic ones.
www.americancatholic.org /Newsletters/CU/ac1204.asp   (2448 words)

 A Consistent Life Ethic (Seamless Garment)
A consistent life ethic means being pro-life across the board: opposing abortion, capital punishment, assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Both the military ethic and the abortion ethic are grounded in the same belief: Life is cheap.
The right to life is the most basic of all rights, and belongs also to the embryo in a mothers womb.
swissnet.ai.mit.edu /~rauch/nvp/consistent.html   (1267 words)

 ACH -- Pavone Article
In regard to the sanctity of life, consistency demands that we recognize and defend the dignity of the human person, whoever that person may be, wherever that person may be, and whatever threat to human dignity that person may face.
One of those two extremes sees the consistent ethic as a totally invalid and dangerous idea, which ruins the pro-life movement and is in fact a mark of those who are opposed to that movement.
A consistent ethic, far from diminishing concern for abortion or equating all issues touching on the dignity of human life, recognizes the distinctive character of each issue while giving each its proper role within a coherent moral vision" "Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities, A Reaffirmation," 1985, p.
www.catholicherald.com /pavone/97pvon/pvon0710.htm   (520 words)

 What is the Consistent Life Ethic?
The consistent life ethic places an "anti-" before each of these issues because violence against human life is not a solution for any of the problems faced by our society today.
Those who defend the right to life of the weakest among us must be equally visible in support of the quality of life of the powerless among us: the old and the young, the hungry and the homeless, the undocumented immigrant and the unemployed worker.
Roman Catholic position - "consistent ethic of life" and "seamless garment" are teachings and terms proposed by the late Joesph Cardinal Bernardin.
www.consistentlife.iwarp.com /consiste.htm   (544 words)

 Catholic Update - A Consistent Ethic of Life by Kenneth R. Overberg, S.J.
But the consistent ethic of life cuts across such divisions, calling us to respect the life in the womb, the life of a criminal, the life on welfare, the life of the dying.
The consistent ethic of life is ultimately rooted in Jesus, in whom the meaning and value of life are definitively proclaimed and fully given.
We face the challenge of embodying consistently an ethic of life in the candidates we support and in our own direct involvement in forming public policy (whether that be in the Girl Scouts, in a parish committee, in a local school board or in the U.S. Congress).
www.americancatholic.org /Newsletters/CU/ac0798.asp   (2632 words)

 Consistent Life Ethic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the United States, one of the pioneering organizations which developed the "consistent" approach was the Prolifers for Survival, founded by Juli Loesch Wiley.
Today the ethic is promoted by an umbrella organization called Consistent Life which includes about 400 anti-war, pro-life, nonviolence, Christian, Buddhist, and other organizations.
The movement is difficult to define in terms of the American political spectrum, since those who subscribe to the ethic are often at odds with both the Republican Party over capital punishment, war, and economic issues, as well as the Democratic Party over abortion, embryo-destructive research, and euthanasia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Consistent_Life_Ethic   (277 words)

 Don't be confused by interpretation of 'garment of life' - By FATHER WILLIAM MAESTRI   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This concept, in some quarters' dogma, goes by the name of "seamless garment of life" or "consistent ethic of life." The general consensus is that this concept was developed by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, of fond memory.
Today this "seamless garment of life" ethic is being used to discredit those who make moral distinctions, and valid distinctions they are, among the life issues.
Now, in the name of the "consistent ethic of life," all relevant moral distinctions within the nexus of life issues are dismissed as hypocrisy.
www.clarionherald.org /20040714/maestri.htm   (749 words)

 Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester
The Consistent Life Ethic (CLE) is the underlying principle of our faith that urges us to affirm life from the moment of conception to natural death, in attitude as well as action.
Most urgently, the Consistent Life Ethic calls us to protect life that is threatened by forces we oppose: abortion, the death penalty, economic injustice, euthanasia, violence and war.
As we pursue this goal in the New Millennium with Consistent Life Ethic Initiatives and advocacy on Life Issues, the Church of Rochester will be a community of faithful --- disciples of Jesus Christ who have heard Jesus' call to love and have acted on it.
www.dor.org /Charities/cle/consistentlifeethic.htm   (305 words)

 Consistent Life - Home Page
Consistent Life is a coalition uniting many organizations which support the consistent ethic of reverence for life, as expressed in our Mission Statement.
Our work is spreading the consistent ethic vision throughout the community, our nation and the world.
The ads consist simply of the above Mission Statement, followed by the names of some of the many people committed to peace, justice and life who endorse this statement.
wellmadewebs.com /clients/cl/index.html   (134 words)

 Friends United Meeting: Quaker Life
But the child is not alone-she or he is attached to a woman whose life is changed by the child's presence.
She has served as national president of Feminists for Life of America (1984-1994) and is vice-president of the Seamless Garment Network.
She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology in order to study the effect that committing violence, especially socially-sanctioned violence, has on the perpetrators.
www.fum.org /QL/issues/9904/MacNair.htm   (1656 words)

 Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Louisville - About Us   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
assists parishes in understanding and implementing the concept of the Consistent Life Ethic, whereby the respect and dignity of all persons is embraced from the moment of conception to natural death.
It is that very consistency which demands that we be absolutely uncompromising in our defense of life of the unborn.
Our goal as the Archdiocesan Respect Life Office is to help our fellow pro-life workers to be ever more effective in the life issue that particularly calls them and to promote a comprehensive vision of the Church's teaching on the dignity of the human person.
www.catholiccharitieslouisville.org /respect_life.htm   (504 words)

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Consistent Life Ethic - Condemns abortion as a form of violence which destroys human life and debases human dignity.
Consistent Life Ethic - Ireland - Deals with consistent life ethic issues including abortion, euthnasia, pro-life feminism, war, and poverty; from an Irish perspective.
Life Research Institute - Faith-based organization intended to promote a pro-life agenda by educating the public about alternatives to abortion, countering information provided by pro-choice organizations, and encouraging activism.
recoverysitelocator.20fr.com /abortion.html   (1299 words)

 The Seamless Garment The Call to a Consistent Ethic of Life by Fr. James Scullion, O.F.M.
Pope John Paul II has forcefully stated that a consistent ethic of life must oppose a “culture of death.” This culture is one in which.
The statements of the pope and the bishops, along with the teaching of the Scriptures and the Catechism, challenge us to be consistent in our ethic of life by praying and working for those who are victims of violence and also praying and working for an end to the death penalty.
A consistent life ethic demands that we hear the cry of the poor, the homeless, the outcasts, and marginalized.
www.wau.org /about/authors/scullion1.html   (1482 words)

In a general way, this idea of a culture of life corresponds to the language of many seamless garment advocates-although, to be accurate, it also corresponds to much of traditional Catholic teaching and the language of pro-life activists.
It does not endorse a so-called consistent life ethic; rather, it calls for a culture of life that is consistent with the authentic Gospel of life.
The idea of a consistent life ethic certainly sounds appealing, but it is such a slippery concept that it can only distract us from the real work ahead in the defense of life.
www.catholic.net /rcc/Periodicals/Homiletic/10-96/6/6.html   (2338 words)

 Consistent Life Ethic Ring
The consistent ethic philosophy encompasses several issues - anti-abortion, anti-capital punishment, anti-war, anti-euthanasia, anti-racism, anti-nuclear arms, anti-poverty - and stresses their interrelatedness to one another.
In addition to promoting consistent ethic issues, the perspective of this ring is deliberately "alternative" to be open to sites with non-traditional viewpoints, such as those that are feminist, liberal, secular, gay/lesbian, animal rights, etc. It is not my intention to duplicate the strictly anti-abortion web/net rings that already exist.
The Consistent Life Ethic Ring is hosted and managed by me, Kelly Jefferson (pleased to meet you).
kelly.jefferson.net /clering   (480 words)

 Democrats for Life of Minnesota
As the State Chapter of Democrats for Life of America, we support candidates and legislation that reflect a Consistent Life Ethic, in which all life, from conception to natural death, is valued and protected.
The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.
This ethic defends and protects human rights from conception to natural death and, as such, is a complex and demanding tradition.
www.dflamn.org   (506 words)

 FIRST-PERSON: Pregnancy and a consistent ethic of life - (BP)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Disagreements aside, I like the language of a "consistent ethic of life," and one area in which I wish all conservatives would exercise more consistency is in the way we handle pregnancy.
If life begins at conception, then miscarriage is death, and like all other human death, it should be mourned over and recognized as evidence of the fall.
If life begins at conception, then the process of raising our child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord has already begun, even if just in the form of praying for the baby and maintaining godly personal and family disciplines that the baby will one day be included in and taught to apply personally.
www.bpnews.net /bpnews.asp?ID=23369   (1104 words)

 Choosing a Presidential Candidate
While the right to life stands as a primary human right, getting the child born does not finish our moral, economic and political responsibilities to defend life.
Indeed, the bishops proclaim a consistent life ethic.
Human life is also assailed by hunger, poverty, violence, the death penalty and modern warfare.
www.ncrlc.com /Choosing-President.html   (585 words)

 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . COMMENTARY . The Pontificate of John Paul II . April 8, 2005 | PBS
The pope was consistent in his application of this ethic of life in a way that no political party or faction can claim; in fact, we are all challenged by that, and that's the way it ought to be.
On the contrary, he thought it very much a part of life, but therefore it should be sex that is understood properly, in the context of his sense of what is proper by those who practice.
He was a consistent leader for moral values, for the dignity of man, for the elevation of life, and for life itself.
www.pbs.org /wnet/religionandethics/week832/commentary.html   (9381 words)

 Beyond Abortion
Many pro-lifers who seek to expand their focus beyond abortion subscribe to what is called the “consistent life ethic,” which folds antiabortion views into a larger context of nonviolence, espousing “social justice” and opposition to most wars.
Bottum inverted the logic of the nonviolent consistent life ethic to argue that the “new fusionism” in American politics inextricably linked pro-lifers to supporters of the Iraq War and neoconservatives more generally.
One can agree that if human life is too sacred to be snuffed out by the abortionist that there is also an obligation to care for the children who thus enter the world.
www.amconmag.com /2005/2005_09_12/article.html   (1395 words)

 Democrats for Life - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) is an advocacy group in the United States attempting to reshape the political left, primarily the Democratic Party, into taking a pro-life position opposing the unrestricted legality of abortion and, to a lesser extent, capital punishment and euthanasia.
The Consistent Life Ethic, a term coined by the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, advocates the defense of all life from the "womb to the tomb".
Proponents of the CLE not only oppose abortion and capital punishment, but also advocate policies which address social and economic issues that are considered to unjustly violate the sanctity of life.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Democrats_for_Life   (1373 words)

 Consistent Life - Home Page
We are committed to the protection of life, which is threatened in today's world by war, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment and euthanasia.
We believe that these issues are linked under a 'consistent ethic of life'.
Consistent Life (formerly called Seamless Garment Network) is a network uniting many organizations and individuals who support the consistent ethic of reverence for life, as expressed in our Mission Statement.
www.consistent-life.org   (265 words)

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