Thursday, July 23, 2009
This morning, I posted Bernard Coughlin, S.J.'s essay "What Truths We Hold," referring to it as an excellent essay. After a back and forth email exchange with one of our readers, my opinion of the piece has been downgraded from "excellent" to "good" for its lack of nuance on an important point. We can always, in the midst of political realities, attempt to find common ground as Michael P. suggests here. That is not to say that I would support the legislation Michael refers to (I haven't read it) but only to say that we can attempt to find common ground.
What we cannot do, and I think this is what Fr. B. Coughlin was attempting to articulate, is compromise on the question of the fetus's right to life and the state's duty to protect innocent life, including fetal life.