For a long time, I’ve noted the tension within the Roman Catholic Church on issues of life and death.  Most recognize the the Roman Catholic Church’s stance on abortion and procreation as “pro-life,” thanks to the clever marketing of the conservative marketing machine.  Who would argue with this label, when it paints those opposing abortion as, essentially, pro-death?  But when you introduce capital punishment into the discussion, many opposed to abortion, like Pat Buchanan below, can’t negotiate and/or explain their enthusiasm for exercising the death penalty without tripping over themselves and their logic.

Buchanan makes things hard for himself in this dialogue, just like many others do elsewhere in America, by wrapping himself in Catholic dogma to explain his opposition to abortion, while simultaneously trying to shed it when discussing issues like capital punishment, which the Church also opposes.

The bottom line is this:  if one is Catholic, and if he/she uses the Church’s stance on abortion to inform his/her views, he or she must admit that one can not simply push aside the Church’s views on other life and death issues, like the death penalty.  To do so invalidates their earlier stance, because all of a sudden, the Church lacks moral superiority and purity in that parishioner’s eyes.  This pro-death penalty Catholic (Catholic A) also must realize that if a fellow parishioner (Catholic B) happens to not believe in the Church’s stance on abortion, Catholic B should not be judged, especially if Catholic A takes a similar view — oppositional to the Church’s — toward capital punishment.

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