Sunday, February 22, 2009

The First Principle of Justice

Weigel, G. (18 Feb. 2009). Were they at the same meeting? The Pope and The Speaker. National Review Online. From:

. . . that the Church's opposition to the taking of innocent human life, at any stage of the human journey, is not some weird Catholic hocus-pocus; it's a first principle of justice than can be known by reason. It is a "requirement of the natural moral law" -- that is, the moral truths we can know by thinking about what is right and what is wrong -- to defend the inviolability of innocent human life. You don't have to believe in papal primacy to know that; you don't have do believe in seven sacraments, or the episcopal structure of the Church, or the divinity of Christ, to know that. You don't even have to believe in God to know that. You only have to be a morally serious human being, . . . who understands that moral truth cannot be reduced to questions of feminist political correctness or partisan political advantage. . .

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