"Seamless Garment Has Lost a Thread"
Austin Ruse writes about "Catholic Bullies and the Unraveling of the Seamless Garment" at The Catholic Thing:
... Mr. Kozens is part of a good cop/bad cop routine with a lovely woman named Alexia Kelley who runs another liberal-leaning group called Catholics in Alliance. Kelley used to work at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and toward the end of the 2004 election ran the religious outreach of the Democratic National Committee. Kelley, who I know personally and like, plays the conciliator to Mr. Kozen’s bomb-thrower. They wrote a book together in which they insist they care deeply about the abortion issue, but then went on to explain that it is only one issue among many and that, anyway, the Democrats are better at reducing abortions than the Republicans.(emphasis added)
Mr. Kozens and Ms. Kelley were part of what became a very effective effort by the pro-abortion Obama campaign to wean some Catholics away from the Republican Party, though it should be noted that active Catholics still voted for McCain, if in lower numbers than for Bush in 2004. Their arguments are well known: that Obama will reduce abortions through expansion of social services. It should be noted that Obama does not call for reductions in abortions but for the reduction of the need to resort to abortion. There is a difference.
How serious is this pro-life commitment of Mr. Kozens and Ms. Kelley? A few days after the election – and a few days after Mr. Kozens’ call for confrontations in church parking lots – Ms. Kelley’s group sent out its own email asking her supporters to vote on the issues they think are the most pressing for the new administration. They were asked to pick three out of a list of six. The list included climate change, immigration reform, health care, living wages, poverty reduction, and ending the war in Iraq. Wait a second, you might ask. Where is the reduction of abortion in all this? Many liberal Catholic s insist that abortion is a part of a seamless garment-approach to social issues. But it looks like their seamless garment has lost a thread.
No surprise, really, that the Catholic left's "seamless garment" is missing quite a number of threads pertaining to abortion and other life issues. The fact that something was missing was first pointed out over 2 years ago, and then again this past year during the so-called Convention for the Common Good.
As my friend Dale once put it so eloquently, the folks at Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good "don't give a s--t about the unborn or marriage".
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Catholics in Alliance Voter Survey of "Little Value," Archdiocese of Denver Says
Archbishop Chaput: Kmiec Doing a "Disservice to the Church"
Mainstream Media Compliant in Obama's "Faith Outreach" Pitch
Bishop Blair Responds to Gaillardetz Opinion Regarding Roe v. Wade [UPDATED]
Debate Over at Amy's: Should Catholics Work for Legal Restrictions on Abortion?
"Separate But Equal" Redux - Pro-Life Edition
Mark Stricherz: "Why the Democratic Abortion Strategy is Worse"
What is the "Pro-Life Position" Regarding Abortion?
"Nonpartisan" Catholics United Attacks the Knights of Columbus
"Nonpartisan" Catholics United Hits McCain with Ad Questioning His Pro-Life Credentials
"Non-Partisan" Group of Catholic Obama Supporters Calling Itself "Catholics United" Gets Divisive
The Catholic Left Meets in Philadelphia
Convention for the "Common Good"
Bill Donohue: "How the Catholic Left Is Boxed in by Abortion"
I Missed the Seminar [UPDATED]
Deal Hudson: "Catholics Organize to Elect Barack Obama"
The Curt Jester: "Shameless Garment" [UPDATED]
Democrat Front Group Posing as Catholic Org Calls for End to "Christmas Culture War"
Fidelis Dismisses Religious Left Media "Report"
Democrats Set Their Sights on Winning Back Catholics
Mark Shea in National Catholic Register: "Richard Rich Lives"
Edwards Blogger Flap Discomforts Religious Left
Mark Shea: "Whores for Edwards Swings into Action"
Catholics in Alliance Respond With Letter to Editor
Continue to Raise Our Voices on Issue of Voting
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Toledo Blade: "Catholic Voting Guide Gives Church Perspective"
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Weigel: "An Electoral Battle of the Booklets?
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