"A wonderful resource for anyone interested in religion, politics, science, technology, global concerns or any other discipline that touches upon moral issues and justice."--Emmanuel
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin is widely remembered for his leadership in the church and for the inspiring example he left in the manner of his death. Among his most impressive and lasting contributions was the simple formula he proposed -- the "seamless garment"" -- to link the church's "consistent ethic of life" in response to a range of social and moral issues.
This volume, edited by Thomas Nairn and the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), collects all thirty-five of Bernardin's addresses and writings on this theme from his first speech at Fordham University in 1983 until his last address at Georgetown University in 1996. With a comprehensive introduction by Thomas A. Shannon, this work reveals the depths and nuances of Bernardins thought as he applied the "seamless garment" approach to such questions as capital punishment, war, abortion, birth control, and poverty.
Thomas A.Nairn, O.F.M., is Senior Director, Theology and Ethics at the Catholic Health Association of the United States. In addition to The Seamless Garment he is editor of The Consistent Ethic of Life: Assessing Its Reception and Relevance and (with David E. Decosse) Conscience and Catholic Health Care: From Clinical Contexts to Government Mandates.
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