Bruce Babbitt

If the bishops are saying that it is divine revelation that seven percent of unemployment is morally unacceptable and that that is a teaching which must as a matter of faith be accepted by all Catholics, I respectfully dissent.

“If the bishops are saying that it is divine revelation that seven percent of unemployment is morally unacceptable and that that is a teaching which … Read More

On areas like abortion where there is major disagreement among the mainstream religious groups in the Judeo-Christian tradition, I believe that requires a lot more caution. The Jewish position on abortion is very different from the Roman Catholic position. That is reason to be cautious about enacting laws rather than saying to the religious group: instruct your followers on these matters as matters of personal religious belief.

“On areas like abortion where there is major disagreement among the mainstream religious groups in the Judeo-Christian tradition, I believe that requires a lot more … Read More

I’m a product of a Notre Dame education; those professors taught me a lot about how you separate the city of God from the state. I’m also a reverent follower of the tradition of Thomas Jefferson. My years of public life have simply confirmed the intensity of my belief that what I have learned from Joe Evans and Thomas Jefferson was correct.

“I’m a product of a Notre Dame education; those professors taught me a lot about how you separate the city of God from the state. … Read More

Broadly speaking, it is my conclusion that a pretty good guide to most issues of natural law is to look at those areas where you find a consensus in the Judeo-Christian tradition. I think that is roughly, not unerringly, the outline of what I would call natural law.There must be some moral values underlying any civilization; that’s my guide.

“Broadly speaking, it is my conclusion that a pretty good guide to most issues of natural law is to look at those areas where you … Read More

We do not put enough emphasis on early childhood years. We neglect children in this society; as a society we’re guilty of child neglect. If we could eliminate the vestiges of racism, if we could develop a more powerful agenda for child care, child development, and a more powerful education system, we could prevent a lot of the incapacities which in turn tend to generate structural unemployment.

“We do not put enough emphasis on early childhood years. We neglect children in this society; as a society we’re guilty of child neglect. If … Read More

I think of Martin Luther King phrase a lot when I’m deciding public issues. He said: “Here I stand: I can do no other.” It is basically an affirmation of my ultimate responsibility to obey my conscience in my acts as a public official.

“I think of Martin Luther King phrase a lot when I’m deciding public issues. He said: “Here I stand: I can do no other.” It … Read More

I have been very outspoken in my opposition to cuts in what I would call the means-tested entitlement programs: Medicaid, food stamps, and all of that. I feel very, very strongly that those cuts as proposed are unjust, but I am not prepared to label Ronald Reagan a “sinner.”It seems to me that when you invoke the adjective “moral” you must be careful to distinguish what it is you mean by that.

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I was nurtured in the church; I went to a Catholic school; I was an altar boy; I went to a Catholic university; I was steeped in the moral tradition of the Catholic Church. My Catholicism plays a very strong role. But I thought President John F.Kennedy answered rather well when he said that ultimately my conduct as a public official does not come ex cathedra from Rome; it comes from my conscience.

“I was nurtured in the church; I went to a Catholic school; I was an altar boy; I went to a Catholic university; I was … Read More

I think the Ronald Reagan tax reform proposals are a step toward distributive justice. They redistribute the tax burden more equitably and more progressively among individuals and call upon business to carry a somewhat larger proportion of the total tax load. Both of these are steps toward equity and distributive justice.

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Protecting all this land, working with the President to establish all these monuments, to, you know… I think the President has a land protection record that’s second to no one in this century, maybe Teddy Roosevelt.

“Protecting all this land, working with the President to establish all these monuments, to, you know… I think the President has a land protection record … Read More

I think the people will – who advocate having a step back and read those public opinion polls on the front page of the newspapers all over this country saying public supports restoration in restoration of the Everglades, protection of the parks and the creation of monuments.

“I think the people will – who advocate having a step back and read those public opinion polls on the front page of the newspapers … Read More