Saturday, April 22, 2006
Smell of Decay in Washington,DC * Immigration and GOP * Vatican and Condoms
- Mr Bush is the most unpopular Republican president since Richard Nixon: a recent Washington Post-ABC poll showed that 47% of voters “strongly” disapprove of his performance. Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader who did more than anybody else to build the conservative machine in Congress, is retiring in disgrace, the better to focus on his numerous legal problems. More Republicans may well be implicated in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal in the coming months.
- The ideological shine has gone, too. The party of streamlined government has been gorging on legislative pork. A party that once prided itself on businesslike pragmatism has become synonymous with ideologically skewed ineptitude of the sort epitomised by Donald Rumsfeld (see article). “What is the difference between the Titanic and the Republican Party?” goes one joke in conservative circles. “At least the Titanic wasn't trying to hit the iceberg.”
But in fact, Martini's comments in the Italian magazine are entirely consistent with the church's reverance for life.
The church teaches that no one should use a condom or any other type of artificial contraception.
The reality, though, that if everyone follows that teaching, people will likely die.
Martini is not a relativist. He is not arguing that the church shirk its beliefs and adapt to contemporary, secular morality — or immorality, if you will. He is not calling for condom distributions after Mass.
Martini just wants to make sure that whenever possible, the church avoids a greater evil and, even after man has sinned, always stands up for life.