Diogenes analyzes the statement by Bishop Terry Stieb of Memphis on Catholics in politics and finds it confusing. Among other things, the bishop conflates the death penalty with abortion: “If someone is for the death penalty, we must reason together about why that violates the consistent ethics of life as much as abortion.”
If that’s true, then the Church herself has not been very consistent on the ethics of life, since for 20 centuries the Church affirmed the right of the state to use capital punishment. (Care to consult St. Thomas Aquinas on that issue?) But then again, the Church is not a museum of saints.