The New York Times celebrates Illinois governor Pat Quinn’s moral wrestling with capital punishment:
With the stroke of the governor’s pen, the cardinal has been posthumously vindicated on at least one piece of that seamless garment. In doing so, Mr. Quinn, a Democrat, also ratified the cardinal’s belief that religious thought has a place in the formulation of law, a premise the governor’s fellow liberals generally resist.
“I think it’s indispensable,” Mr. Quinn said in a telephone interview this week. “When you’re elected and sworn into office, that oath really involves your whole life experience, your religious experience. You bring that to bear on all the issues.”
That cardinal was Joseph Bernadin. But in referencing a “consistent ethic of life,” the Times leaves out the fact that Quinn is a supporter of legal abortion.
The Times explains:
Well before Cardinal Bernardin was named Chicago’s archbishop in 1982, Mr. Quinn was receiving a complete Catholic education — from the sisters of St. Isaac Jogues Elementary School, the Dominicans of Fenwick High School and the Jesuits of Georgetown University. His brother, John, teaches history at Fenwick.
Unfortunately for the most innocent among us, it’s not-so complete in practice.