Exhibit A in the "sickening characteristic" department is, you guessed it, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony's Archdiocesan newspaper The Tidings for letting Father Richard McBrien vent his spleen against pro-lifers in many an issue.
Father McBrien's and The Tidings's latest attack on pro-lifers is "Pro-Birth vs. Pro-Life," his column (click on this post's title) in the current issue. He mentions "some measure of resentment [his own included, obviously] regarding the co-opting of the term 'pro-life' by religious conservatives closely identified with the anti-abortion movement."
He is completely wrong about this. It is the "liberals" who co-opted the term. The name "pro-life" was in use many years BEFORE Cardinal Bernardin and others invented their "seamless [seamy] garment" / "broad range of issues" dodge to co-opt it.
Father McBrien writes that "we might consider referring henceforth to the self-described pro-life contingent within the U.S. Christian community as 'pro-birth' rather than as 'pro-life.'" And he admits that he first heard this notion from the dissenter Sister Joan Chittister.
Among the issues to which Father McBrien claims we have to subscribe in order to be truly "pro-life" is "non-discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation."
We need to tell Father McBrien, the board of The Tidings and Cardinal Mahony to turn the equation around: "You cannot be 'pro-life' unless you are anti-abortion and actively so. Stop criticizing pro-lifers and start criticizing anti-lifers -- as often, as severely and as long, decades long, as you have criticized the pro-life activists whose baby-saving you should emulate."