DENVER (ChurchMilitant.com) - The archbishop of Denver is telling bishops they should know better than to equate climate change or immigration with intrinsic evils like abortion and euthanasia.
Archbishop Samuel Aquila is shredding the so-called seamless garment theory that claims social justice issues like climate change and immigration are just as wrong as abortion and physician-assisted suicide. Referencing a recent article by one of his priests, Fr. Luis Granados, Aquila on March 25 writes:
Among the differences he highlights are the fact that an unborn child is innocent, that these acts involve the direct and intentional taking of life, and that killing the unborn, elderly and disabled corrupts the heart of the person who wills or participates in causing their death in a way that destroying the environment does not.
After naming the evils of physician-assisted suicide and the legalization of same-sex "marriage," Aquila called out the supposedly "few bishops" who downplay abortion. He emphasized that bishops doing this is especially sad because "they should know better" but, nonetheless, argue "against abortion being a pre-eminent issue in voting."
It was more than a "few bishops," however, who covered their eyes with the seamless garment to avoid seeing the evils of abortion. At the U.S. bishops' meeting in November, 69 of the 212 bishops present voted against calling abortion a "pre-eminent priority" for U.S. voters.
One of those peddling a soft stance on abortion was San Diego's Bp. Robert McElroy. During the November meeting, McElroy claimed, "It is not Catholic teaching that abortion is the pre-eminent issue that we face as a world in Catholic social teaching. It is not."
Cardinal Blase Cupich is another prelate who conflates intrinsic evils with social justice issues. The Chicago prelate shocked many in 2015 by equating the evil of the abortion industry's sale of babies' body parts to a broken immigration system and joblessness:
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.
The article by Granados referenced by Aquila explains how murdering babies and the elderly is vastly different than "ethical issues like immigration, social injustice or environmental sins," which bishops like Cupich and McElroy "claim are just as wrong."
Abortion and euthanasia, Granados writes, deal "with direct and intentional killing of the innocent" that can never be justified.
Another American cardinal to side with Aquila is Cdl. Raymond Burke, the former prefect of the Vatican's highest court. In January, Burke hit back against U.S. bishops who downgraded abortion at their November meeting.
"What disappoints me most is that 69 bishops would have voted in favor of removing that language. That is an ominous sign," said Burke.
He added, "In the moral law, the first and principal law has to do with the respect for human life ... until we restore respect for human life, none of the teaching on the other social issues has any solid foundation."