That is what the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago told the National Catholic Register -- and all the way back in 1988, yet.
The Register (click on this post's title), in a May 31, 2009, post on its daily blogspot, says Dr. Elizabeth Lev, daughter of Prof. Mary Ann Glendon, has found the quote from Cardinal Bernardin as it appeared on the front page of the Register of June 12, 1988.
Here is how Elizabeth Lev quoted what Cardinal Bernardin said in the Register:
"I don't see how you can subscribe to the consistent ethic and then vote for someone who feels that abortion is a 'basic right' of the individual." He went on to say, “I know that some people on the left, if I may use that label, have used the consistent ethic to give the impression that the abortion issue is not all that important anymore, that you should be against abortion in a general way but that there are more important issues, so don’t hold anybody’s feet to the fire just on abortion. That’s a misuse of the consistent ethic, and I deplore it.”
Cardinal Bernardin came up with his "seamless garment" "consistent ethic of life issues" idea in 1983. Ever since then, pro-abortion Catholic politicians have used it over and over to excuse their multiple political and legislative betrayals of preborn babies and their right to life.
Millions of Catholic voters, too, use the "consistent ethic" to excuse their voting for pro-aborts.
So do many Catholic bishops, priests and religious use the "consistent ethic of life" to excuse their being inconsistent with Catholic morality and doctrine about innocent babies' lives.
Maybe you have experienced it: It is shocking when you talk to a cleric about politicians and the little preborn babies, and he objects, "It's only one issue."
No wonder the "seamless garment" is often called the "seamy garment."
Why didn't Cardinal Bernardin drum it into Catholics' heads through the years that, as he said plainly in 1988, don't misuse the "consistent ethic" to justify voting for pro-aborts?