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Ethic’s strength is consistency

To the editor:

I disagree with Mr. Ciambor (November: “Don’t mix ‘life issues'”) in his attempt to make abortion have a privileged position in the consistent life ethic. The respect for life which the Church affirms so strongly in its teachings on abortion is undermined by its vacillations on just war and the death penalty.

In the Church before Constantine, Christians were called not only to refuse to kill in war but also to avoid involvement in death penalty. It is one of the tragedies of Church history that this tradition became invisible for so long, and I am glad that we are in a diocese that stresses that the new commandment to love one another applies across the board to all issues that have to do with the taking of human life.

I will add, though, that from my point of view the hierarchy in this diocese continues to be much too silent about the human, environmental, and financial costs of the war in Iraq and the possibility of a new war of aggression in Iran.

Dan Finlay

Ithaca

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