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Correspondence Black bishops' tetter Cleveland, Ohio To the Editors: Thank you so much for your complimentary words on "What We Have Seen and Heard," in the November 30 issue of...

...Correspondence Black bishops' tetter Cleveland, Ohio To the Editors: Thank you so much for your complimentary words on "What We Have Seen and Heard," in the November 30 issue of Commonweal...
...Adoption and social aid can protect women who are helpless to nurture a child to maturity because of their social circumstances...
...Does anyone imagine that Catholic "truth squads" would systematically disrupt the rallies of a candidate who was either male or Protestant...
...But it is the basic issue for many who oppose a total ban...
...A mother whose life is seriously threatened by an unborn child is totally powerless to defend her future under a total ban...
...Thus a ban on abortion in these cases combined with social aid can defend both the powerless unborn and the powerless born mother and bom child...
...Prolifers for Survival has been working since 1978 to nurture such dialogue on both the issues of nuclear weapons and abortion...
...They do not regard the helplessness and defenselessness of women in these situations as a compelling moral or legal consideration because they believe the unborn innocent take precedence absolutely over the born non-innocent...
...Our exhortation appears as only a spark next to these luminous lights of truth and justice...
...Hehir's comments on the Strategic Defense Initiative or so-called Star Wars proposal [October 19] helped to outline the debate on defensive weapons which is certain to heat up in the next congressional session...
...But in situations in which the powerless unborn and the powerless bom cannot both be defended, those who oppose a total ban on abortions believe the decision whether to defend the unborn or the born should be the legal responsibility of the individual mother, not the government, because our government does not have the constitutional right to mandate in favor of defending one over the other...
...Bishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu and Archbishop Denis Hurley...
...Father Norman Perry, editor of Saint Anthony Messenger, has informed me that this document is in its second printing and is selling "like hotcakes...
...But this relative innocence of the unborn and the born and the relative value of each or their relative deservingness of defense because of their relative innocence are theological determinations of a particular religious belief and thus outside the legitimate province of our civil government...
...Box 3316, Chapel Hill, N.C...
...You honored the black bishops and black Catholics even more by placing your remarks in the context of the witness of two contemporary exemplars of the Christian faith...
...Such a pledge worked in 1960 when John Kennedy's detractors were Protestants who suspected the Catholic hierarchy of trying to manipulate public policy...
...JAMES P LYKE...
...No party would voluntarily saddle itself with such a handicap...
...Thus the only situation in which abortion is acceptable is the ectopic pregnancy an unavoidable physiological situation in which the mother's life is the only life that can be saved...
...Building Bridges: The Prolife Movement &. the Peace Movement by Steve Levicoff ($7.50 from P.S., P.O...
...An almost certain outcome of these assaults is that the next female candidate for national office will not be a Catholic...
...RONALD R. STOCKTON Star wars a deterrent Kensington, Md...
...Obviously this is not the basis for the Supreme Court decision...
...Many others remarked that the pastoral provides apt material for homilies and catechetical instruction for the white community...
...Continued on page 28) Commonweal: 2 (Continued from page 2) Intra-Catholic power struggles aside, an undeniable element in this dispute is that Ferraro is a woman...
...This is the bottom line for those who personally abhor abortion but oppose a legal ban on all abortions...
...The book pays special attention to the underexplored areas of feminism and nonviolence in relation to the pro-life movement...
...How ironic that what Mondale hath loosed in San Francisco, Archbishop O'Connor hath rebound in New York...
...In fact, 1 have never been able to understand how the usual 'stereotypes have managed to persist...
...Commonweal: 28...
...In some situations, a ban on all abortions transfers helplessness and defenselessncss from the unborn child to the mother...
...First, the recently released (and neglected) report on Soviet violations of weapons' treaties indicated that they have proceeded with an ABM system (defensive...
...To the Editor: Geraldine Ferraro dramatically offered to resign from office if her private faith and her public obligation were ever in conflict...
...MARTIN J. GERRA, JR...
...MOST REV...
...Two points should be added to Hehir's comments...
...Speaking for the black bishops, I can only say "Thanks be to God" that He chose us to utter the spiritual riches of our people at this moment in history...
...To the Editors: There is a fundamental abortion disagreement not mentioned in "Breaking through the Stereotypes," Sidney and Daniel Callahan [October 5...
...To the Editors: As one who has been a "pro-life" activist for several years, I do not find the CaJlahans' article "Breaking Through the Stereotypes" [ October 5) to be surprising...
...For a clear and thoughtful presentation of the dialogue-behind-thestercotypes I highly recommend...
...Second, a defensive system certainly has a deterrent effect so that the argument between "defense" and "deterrent" will prove no help in determining nuclear strategy...
...SCOTT RAINS Dofonding tho poworloss Wausau, Wis...
...MARILYN KRAMER No Catholic womon...
...This is their bottom line...
...Dearborn, Mich...
...I am pleased to say that, while the pastoral letter is addressed to AfricanAmerican Catholics, so many other ethnic communities have told me of the inspiration they have received from it...
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...Your article creates the environment necessary for dialogue to occur...
...Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland Abortion ti storootypos Chapel Hill, N.C...
...This poses a dilemma for those who believe their government should defend the helpless...
...Those who support a total ban do not appear to recognize this dilemma...
...A total ban does not defend her in her helplessness...
...O.F.M...
...To the Editors: The Rev...
...You have done a real service to those of us who work to end abortion simply by so accurately presenting the nuances of the various positions...
...The woman impregnated during rape or incest is powerless to refuse sexual intercourse and thus powerless to make a responsible decision to conceive a child...

Vol. 112 • January 1985 • No. 1


 
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