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To: madprof98
Please refute this from Fr. Rutler's article. Otherwise acknowledge your error.

As the Church's teaching on contraception cannot "develop" in a way that would declare its intrinsic evil to be good, so the right of a state to execute criminals cannot "develop" so that its intrinsic good becomes evil. For Cardinal John Henry Newman, development of doctrine involves "preservation of type." Changes in the way a doctrine is expressed and applied cannot alter its essence.

39 posted on 12/18/2003 1:06:29 PM PST by ckca
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To: ckca
It is this "Father Rutler" (whoever he is) who finds killing people to be an "intrinsic good." The UNrevised Catechism of the Catholic Church said that "bloodless means" of protecting the public "better correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person."

I would also suggest that anyone who says Cardinal Avery Dulles is on the same page as "Father Rutler" should read the article in FIRST THINGS to which Cicero alluded.

What we have in this thread is a good example of right-wing "cafeteria Catholics" exactly like those Archbishop Chaput cricitized in the remarks I cited. They even claim the Holy Father is taking a stand against Church teachings! And they ignore the very clear sense of Scripture when it suits them--the very thing they denounce the Episcopalians for doing!

45 posted on 12/18/2003 1:40:20 PM PST by madprof98
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