...but not the sole moral issue of our time. That’s why the Magisterium, to the great frustration of many Catholics, talks about all of the Church’s social teaching and refuses to talk simply and solely about abortion. The reason she does so is illustrated in a comment I got recently from a reader, who summed up a very common notion one hears noised about in conservative Catholic prolife circles:
A political issue is also a moral issue only if it involves choices directly counter to an explicit Church teaching, otherwise it is only a prudential problem, so controversies like abortion and euthanasia are moral issues but health care and immigration are not.
This is, I am sorry to say,...READ MORE