Anti-War, Anti-Death Penalty, and Anti-Abortion
[Note: The following letter by Fr. Frank Pavone was printed in the July
19, 2002 issue of the National Catholic Reporter.]
Thank you for your article on Stanley Hauerwas (June 21 issue). As the
headline pointed out, he is "antiwar, anti-death penalty, and anti-abortion."
The emphasis was on the "and" … and it is an emphasis that is well-deserved. Too
often our Church suffers from a gap between the anti-war, anti-death penalty
stand and the anti-abortion stand.
If the stands we take are motivated by political platforms, the gaps are
If, however, the stands we take are motivated by the Gospel, the gaps are
unintelligible. At the center of the Christian way of life is the dignity of the
human person, and that dignity knows no boundary at the womb any more than it
does at the prison or the battlefield.
Fr. Frank Pavone
Founding Director, Priests for Life