The new Archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich created a stir in resurrecting an unnuanced version of the his predecessor, the late Cardinal Joseph Barnadine, in term of his seamless garment theology. The basic flaw of this ideology is that there is a moral equivalence between the slaughter of the unborn and capital punishment.
This was what distracted from an otherwise good article about Planned Parenthood Archbishop Cupich recently wrote for the Chicago Tribune:
This newest evidence about the disregard for the value of human life also offers the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment as a nation to a consistent ethic of life. 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.
Many rightfully criticized Archbishop Cupich for promoting such an unnuanced ideology and the highest ranking Archbishop to do so but only in an implied way is Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.
The good things today is that what Archbishop Chaput stated is front and center on Vatican Radio's website!
Archbishop Chaput: Deliberate killing of innocent is uniquely wicked
(Vatican Radio) “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.”
This was the response of the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., to the revelations from a series of secret videos exposing the practices of leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
In his August 10 article on Philly.com, Archbishop Chaput said “no amount of contextualizing or deflecting our attention to other issues” can obscure the fact there is no equivalence between the killing of the innocent and other evil acts, such as theft or assault, stating “only a very confused conscience would equate thieving and homicide.”
The Archbishop admitted 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,” he said.
He called the failure of the recent efforts in the United States Senate to defund Planned Parenthood a “public failure of character by every Catholic senator who voted against it.”