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US Catholic Bishops and Abortion - Part 4

US Catholic Bishops and Abortion - Part 4

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Published by John Sobert Sylvest
US Catholic bishops, Charles Curran, abortion law , Peter Kreeft, Archbishop Chaput, essentialism, nominalism, evolutionary epistemology, fallibilism, pragmatism, semiotic realism, Carol Tauer, probablism, moral status of the early embryo, pro-choice, pro-life, Catholic moral tradition, magisterium, POTUS, SCOTUS, epistemic warrant, normative justification, evaluative eco-rationality, interpretive impetus, methodologically-autonomo us, holonic-like concepts, axiologically-integral, human identity, personal identity, nonstrict identity, temporally asymmetrical identity, emergence paradigm, Daniel Dombrowski, Charles's Hartshorne, moral agent, latent, incipient, sentient, sapient, nascent, phenomenological, metaphysical, moral significance, moral patiency, moral agency, personhood, ensoulment, Carol Tauer, psychic personhood, moral status of the embryo
US Catholic bishops, Charles Curran, abortion law , Peter Kreeft, Archbishop Chaput, essentialism, nominalism, evolutionary epistemology, fallibilism, pragmatism, semiotic realism, Carol Tauer, probablism, moral status of the early embryo, pro-choice, pro-life, Catholic moral tradition, magisterium, POTUS, SCOTUS, epistemic warrant, normative justification, evaluative eco-rationality, interpretive impetus, methodologically-autonomo us, holonic-like concepts, axiologically-integral, human identity, personal identity, nonstrict identity, temporally asymmetrical identity, emergence paradigm, Daniel Dombrowski, Charles's Hartshorne, moral agent, latent, incipient, sentient, sapient, nascent, phenomenological, metaphysical, moral significance, moral patiency, moral agency, personhood, ensoulment, Carol Tauer, psychic personhood, moral status of the embryo

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US Catholic Bishops and Abortion - Part 4
Keep in mind that this thread focuses on one strategy for reducing oreliminating abortion. If one listed the top ten political strategies that would bemost effective, arguably, one's POTUS vote would be somewhere on that list,higher for one who lives in a swing state, for example.In addition to political strategies, there are legislative and judicial initiatives, atlocal, state and federal levels. One might easily make a top ten list of these,including ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments.One could make top ten lists for finincial, ecclesial, social, economic, cultural,educational, familial and personal strategies.One could then rank all of these into a 'Top 50 most likely to be effective' andthen people collectively and individually could direct and redirect time, moneyand other resources in those directions.Passion is commendable. I deeply appreciate the passion expressed here.At the same time, for almost 40 years, it seems to me that too much passionand too many resources have been misdirected on the least effectivestrategies. Rhetoric has truly trumped results. Raising the level of theconversation is one strategy; thanks to all who thus contribute. There is realism, for sure. And the invitation to steer one's passions in a waythat could effect real change. Presenting the notion that there are manystrategies available does not mean that they are mutually exclusive. It doesn'tmean voting is not important. It is to suggest, however, that single-issuevoting, bumper stickers, yard signs and little white crosses, however necessaryone might imagine they are, are WOEFULLY INSUFFICIENT.It also means that, because we are dealing in the realm of prudential judgment, that a state department, defense department and executive branchfilled with neoconservative hawks would be FAR MORE LIKELY to engageunilateral military action with insufficient intelligence possibly setting off aregional or even world war and a self-described pro-life POTUS would be FARLESS LIKELY to effectively change the legal realities surrounding abortion. AnAyn Rand-inspired, radical economic libertarian would be FAR MORE LIKELY to

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