The Consistent Ethic of Life

The position of Priests for Life in regard to the "Consistent Ethic of Life" is twofold: 1) properly understood, it is a valid and valuable principle, and 2) it has been misunderstood both by some who are active in the pro-life movement and by others.

In an effort to take a fresh and in-depth look at the teaching proposed both by the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and by the United States bishops, Priests for Life is happy to make available here the full text of some of the major addresses given by Cardinal Bernardin, as well as a brief commentary by Fr. Frank Pavone.

The Consistent Life Ethic: A Look Back, A Look Around, A Look Ahead
(John L. Carr, University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Spring 2005) - PDF Format

A Consistent Ethic of Life: An American-Catholic Dialogue
(Gannon Lecture, Fordham University, December 6, 1983)

A Consistent Ethic of Life: Continuing the Dialogue
(William Wade Lecture Series, St. Louis University, March 11, 1984)

Linkage and the Logic of the Abortion Debate
(Address for National Right to Life Convention, Kansas City, Missouri, June 7, 1984)

Address for National Consultation on Obscenity, Pornography and Indecency
(Cincinnati, Ohio, September 6, 1984)

The Face of Poverty Today: A Challenge for the Church
(Catholic University of America, January 17, 1985)

The Consistent Ethic of Life and Health Care Systems
(Foster McGaw Triennial Conference, Loyola University of Chicago, May 8, 1985)

The Death Penalty in Our Time
(Address to Criminal Law Committee, Criminal Court of Cook County, May 14, 1985)

Address at Seattle University (March 2, 1986)

The Consistent Ethic of Life: The Challenge and the Witness of Catholic Health Care
(Catholic Medical Center, Jamaica, New York, May 18, 1986)

Address: Consistent Ethic of Life Conference
(Portland, Oregon, October 4, 1986)

Cardinal Bernardin's Message for "Respect Life Sunday" in the U.S.A., 1989

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