Monday, October 23, 2017

Spirit & Life: The Danger of the "Seamless Garment" Mentality

The resurgence of the dangerous “seamless garment” mentality should cause us grave concern. In its most pernicious form, this philosophy holds that grave intrinsic evils like contraception, abortion and euthanasia and social problems like poverty, immigration, health care and the environment are morally equivalent. It is dangerous because it distracts the Church from recognizing the intrinsic evil (“wrongness”) of certain moral acts and their deadly consequences, leading souls astray and paralyzing our ability to respond effectively.

The “seamless garment” philosophy also diverts attention from individual sin and culpability by focusing more on “collective” than personal sin. Under its influence, instead of a prophetic voice “crying out in the wilderness,” the Church becomes just another non-governmental organization (NGO), striving for “social justice” via a socially acceptable version of social reform eviscerated of the Gospel message of repentance.

Sincerely yours in Christ, 
Father Shenan J. Boquet 
President, Human Life International
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