Saturday, April 7, 2007

Isn’t it Odd

That Liberals and mainstream media-types never fail to laud the Pope when they are in simpatico – against the wars in the Mid-East, against the death penalty, etc., but they conveniently ignore the many disagreements – over abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, etc.

The difference between the Pope and most of those who adhere to contemporary Liberal orthodoxy is that the Pope is, at least, consistent.

The Pope believes in the sanctity of life. Thus the death penalty, almost all wars, assisted suicide and abortion are all morally wrong, from that perspective.

I come from a very different perspective, one in which all human life is not sacred – I support the death penalty (on the grounds that some acts demand the forfeiture of one’s own life – murder, pedophilia, etc.), abortion (on the grounds that a would-be parent who doesn’t want a child, is, at that time, an unfit parent) and support ‘Right to Die” laws, so long as they are written in such a way as to require the consent and express the direct desires of the dying...and while all wars are regrettable, most of them have proven necessary, as that has often been the only effective way to deal with international aggression.

In that regard, I too hold to a consistent belief system.

In a long-awaited text, the Pope Benedict XVI, on March 13th, exhorted "Catholic politicians and legislators ... to introduce and support laws inspired by values grounded in human nature."

"These values are not negotiable," he wrote, listing "respect for human life, its defense from conception to natural death [and] the family built upon marriage between a man and a woman."

I do agree with the opposition to gay marriage, on the grounds that such Civil Unions have led to a diminishment of heterosexual marriage and an increase in illegitimacy in the countries in Europe where gay marriage has been legalized.


While I don't agree with the Catholic Church over the "sanctity of all life," I do admire its moral consistency. Their views, in my opinion, are just not practical, probably because those who've forged them haven't really lived in the real world.

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