- Jun 15, 2021
On the 35th anniversary of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s “Consistent Ethic of Life” lecture at Fordham University, Bishop Gerald Kicanas reassessed its legacy in the era of the Francis papacy.
Jessica Keating is the director of the Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives in the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. She spoke to Crux about the pro-life movement.
Approaching the one-year anniversary of being elevated to cardinals in the U.S. Church, Archbishops Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joe Tobin of Newark are working to build a “culture of encounter” in a divided country. In an interview with Crux, Tobin and Cupich discuss the challenges facing the U.S. on immigration, social media warfare, and the rise of polarization within the Church and the country.
In an interview, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia explains the Vatican’s Academy for Life’s new strategy and vision and the important role non-Catholic members could play in promoting them. The archbishop wants the academy to aim to be missionary in outlook, seeking to tackle what he calls “the great frontiers of life” in collaboration with believers of other churches and faiths as well as non-believers.
In a cultural climate and society that so often dehumanizes fellow members of our human family in the name of “autonomy” or “the common good” or “justice,” we must be voices that rehumanize our fellow human beings and seek to restore to each and every human the respect, value, and protection that should be common sense. The Consistent Life Ethic is for everyone, because the rights, life, and dignity of each human being is our foundation.
Critics have seen the idea of a ‘Consistent Ethic of Life’ as code for ignoring or playing down abortion, and in some cases they may have a point, but that’s not how the vast majority of Church leaders such as Pope Francis see it.
Thanks to folks like my fellow panelists that represent an ever-growing and diverse coalition of people that are more interested in better policies, a new course for building a robust pro-life, pro-woman movement is being chartered.
In the second in a series of pieces to the run-up to November’s presidential election considering a Consistent Ethic of Life as the foundation of a possible alternative political party, Charles Camosy focuses on the direction in which Pope Francis has pushed the ethic.