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Cardinal Cupich lauds Cardinal Bernardin’s ‘seamless garment’

September 28, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has given prominent coverage to a speech by Cardinal Blase Cupich at Fordham University, praising the “consistent ethic of life” championed by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, in his famous “seamless garment” speech forty years ago.

Cardinal Cupich praised his predecessor for suggesting that “the spectrum of life cuts across the issues of genetics, abortion, capital punishment, modern warfare and the care of the terminally ill.” Whereas Cardinal Bernardin had argued in 1984 that the abortion issue should be seen alongside the question of nuclear weaponry, Cardinal Cupich offered an updated list of issues, including climate change, artificial intelligence, and family leave. He argued that the absence of a federally guaranteed right to paid family leave “is a scandal for any nation.”

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  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 06, 2023 2:30 AM ET USA

    "Seamless garment" serves to downplay the evil of abortion under the guise of being extra virtuous through "noticing" all kinds of real and imaginary ills and putting them all in the mix. Could anyone imagine Jewish organizations doing "seamless garment" with the Holocaust?

  • Posted by: IM4HIM - Sep. 29, 2023 1:25 PM ET USA

    Putting all of those issues on the same level is like putting all sins on the same level. There are differences in the severity of sins which is why there are venial sins and mortal sins. Likewise, the sin of abortion is the direct, immediate and intentional murder of an innocent life whereas the other issues are not. Raising our awareness of the other issues is a good thing, but downplaying the evil of abortion is not.