The editorial has value for several reasons. First, it proves once again that people don't need to actually live in the United States to have unhelpful and badly informed opinions about our domestic issues. Second, some of the same pious voices that once criticized U.S. Catholics for supporting a previous president now sound very much like acolytes of a new president. Third, abortion is not, and has never been, a "specifically Catholic issue," and the editors know it. And fourth, the growing misuse of Catholic "common ground" and "common good" language in the current health-care debate can only stem from one of two sources: ignorance or cynicism.I picked this up just now from Damian Thompson via Twitter (see: Archbishop Chaput accuses The Tablet of deliberately distorting Catholic teaching on abortion) but it seems to be going viral quite rapidly.
A reader asks:
Dear Fr FiniganI am happy to oblige.
I am writing a blog post about the Tablet. I know that you have written about this magazine before and I wonder if you have any suitable graphics that I might use to illustrate my post.
Disgruntled of Headcorn
The above graphics were created by me and are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 (UK) licence. You are free to copy, distribute or display them and to make derivative works. You are supposed to credit me (a link is always nice) but Messrs Sue Grabbit and Runne are unlikely to hound you if you don't.