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"Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion."He added: "While
the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise
discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be
permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital
punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics
about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to
[…]"This cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for theIt is doubly ironic that a law that would force millions to violate their conscience by paying their taxes and would entangle thousands of Catholic physicians, nurses, hospitals and charities in the evil of abortion is being considered at precisely a time when the majority of Americans -- in greater and greater numbers -- are increasingly becoming more pro-life.
freedom of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or
requires it. Each individual in fact has moral responsibility for the acts which
he personally performs; no one can be exempted from this responsibility, and on
the basis of it everyone will be judged by God himself" (74).