Other News from America
Seamless Garment Is Seamy
The argument in recent decades that Catholics should not vote based on “one issue” draws upon
the old playbook of liberal Catholics—the “seamless garment” notion of Catholic doctrine that the
late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Cincinnati popularised.
The idea essentially holds that aborting babies is only one of any number of equally important
issues in Catholic doctrine. It has the effect of trying to defuse the pro-life movement by twisting its
focus to mean everything but saving babies. Catholic liberals use it to rationalise voting for proabortion
Democrat politicians—and doing little or nothing to save babies.
This is why pro-life Catholics have long called the seamless garment notion “the seamy garment”,
“the wet blanket” and “the crazy quilt”. Pro-lifers witness this ugly approach rearing its head every
election campaign, presidential or otherwise. Pro-lifers say, and believe with all their hearts and
minds and souls, that the mass slaughter of preborn babies is far, far more than, as liberals claim,
“only one issue”. It is the issue. And it is what every election in modern America is all about.
Compare Cardinal Cupich’s approach with this one from another American cardinal:
“I am a single-issue bishop; the issue is human life—human life from the first moment of
conception until the final breath is drawn. Abortion makes all other issues moot”.—Cardinal John
O’Connor of New York, June 1996
State of the Union Address
President Donald Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Speech before a joint session of Congress on
February 4 was notable, especially for its moments of eloquence and for the number of featured
guests whom the President invited to the gallery. One of those honorees was Retired US Air Force
Brigadier General Charles McGee, who served as a fighter pilot with the famed Tuskegee Airmen in
the US Army Air Corps in the European Theatre during World War II. General McGee was the
oldest guest; he turned 100 last December 7, Pearl Harbor Day.
The youngest guest at the State of the Union Address was Ellie Schneider, 2. She was with her
mother, Robin. As the President told the members of Congress and the national and worldwide TV
audience, Ellie was born at just 21 weeks and six days of her gestation and she weighed less than a
pound. That made her one of the earliest-born and tiniest preemies ever to survive. Abortionists
dismember 21-week babies like Ellie every day.
President Trump said Ellie, who is now thriving, “reminds us that every child is a miracle of life”.
That is why I’m asking Congress to provide an additional $50 million to fund neonatal research
for America’s youngest patients. That is why I am also calling upon members of Congress here
tonight to pass legislation finally banning the late-term abortion of babies…Whether we are
Republican, Democrat or Independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred
gift from God.
Dems Nix Baby Protection
On February 28, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted 220-187 to kill the Born-
Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The bill would have saved many babies’ lives by its stipulation
that infants who survive being aborted must received “the same degree” of medical care and
treatment that would apply to any child born at the same age.
Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski, a priest for nearly 72 years, died on January 23 at age 97. In
retirement in Largo, Florida, he became the unofficial chaplain of Terri Schiavo, the Catholic
housewife who was incapacitated from never-explained brain damage and eventually was dehydrated
and starved to death in 2005 by order of Judge George Greer at the behest of her husband, who in
the meantime had fathered children with another woman. For six years Monsignor, the son of
immigrants from Poland, visited Terri. He would sing to her in Polish.
Monsignor had a distinguished career in the US Army; he became Deputy Chief of Army
Chaplains with the rank of Brigadier General. Serving with the 3rd Armored Division in Germany
in the late 1950s, he became good friends with a private who came to see him: Elvis Presley. Later in
life, Monsignor made missionary trips to Haiti for 26 years.
Monsignor once told an interviewer, “The role of a priest is not to be liked but to be a priest.
Sometimes that means doing the hard thing. You are the altar of Christ in the community.” May
Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski rest in peace. Amen.