Strategical diversity in the Pro-Life movement is a good thing, but a lack of charity could undo the movement.
The controversial pro-life group, the American Life League, is once again stirring the pot within the pro-life movement. This time their target is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. The American Papist, as always, has an excellent summary of the issue.
While I disagree with ALL’s all or nothing strategy in general I don’t oppose their right to exist or even their place within the pro-life movement. I do think that the all or nothing approach has a purpose as long as there are those also working the incremental angle, and those working in Pregnancy care centers, etc.
My problem with ALL is that they engage in slandering the Catholic Church, the Bishops, and other good Catholics. I don’t see the purpose in attacking John Carr or Fr. Tom Rosica or other people on our team. It seems to me that ALL is just lobbing grenades at the rest of the movement. Why attack the USCCB’s when they have been leading the pro-Stupak movement. In fact, one might argue the reason the USCCB got that amendment passed was because they were one of the few pro-life groups that had relationships with Democrats. Furthermore, I have hard time supporting an organization which thought Bishop John D’Arcy of Ft. Wayne-South Bend did not punish Notre Dame enough when they invited President Obama to speak at their commencement. Did ALL not think that Bp. D’Arcy’s condemnation of Notre Dame was enough? There are wonderful Catholic men and women at Notre Dame, Bp. D’Arcy couldn’t have taken punitive action against the whole University.
The long and short of it is that ALL should focus on their Personhood initiative and not attacking other pro-lifers. If they stick to working to end abortion they will have my toleration, however if they continue to attack people, especially other Catholics they will have my disdain.