WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a meeting with several members of the Catholic media Thursday, President Obama insisted that pro-life Catholics' fears over the new administration's abortion agenda was "not based on anything I've said or done." The president also said he embraces the so-called "seamless garment" moral theory of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago, which he said he feels has been "buried under the abortion debate" in recent decades.
You said that you would sign the Freedom of Choice Act.
And the seamless garment theory includes the notion of fetal rights. What have you done for them lately?
President Obama said that the expectation of heavily pro-abortion policy from his administration "is not based on anything I've said or done, but is rather just a perception somehow that we have some hard-line agenda that we're seeking to push."
Qui veut faire l'ange, fait la bête.
Which, loosely translated means: those who want to look innocent, play stupid.
However, Obama said, that theory has been "buried by the abortion debate" in recent years, and he expects to advance a "broader set of values" than those espoused by pro-life Catholics.
Let's test that. What have you done to eliminate capital punishment?
Although President Obama has more than once called upon the theory to downplay his disagreement with the Church on abortion, including in his speech at Notre Dame, Cardinal Bernardin himself strongly condemned the use of the consistent life ethic to dismiss the centrality of the abortion debate.
It seems that Obama is trying to pander to those who are less than enthusiastic for abortion on demand.
It gives me the impression that even though pro-life forces have suffered a political setback, the culture of life is gaining ground. Apparently, Obama can't push through his pro-abortion agenda without catering to the anti-abortion crowd (though it's not at a point where he is trying to actively implement fetal rights).