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The "Whole Cloth" of Responsiblity

In the Boston Globe interview with Sen. Kerry, he discusses the faith and a "whole cloth" or "seamless garment" view of Catholicism and social concern:

"He also expressed frustration over surveys showing he lost to Bush among Catholic voters, a problem Kerry promised to address by pursuing an agenda that reflects ''the whole cloth" of Catholic teachings, not just abortion.

'We were all taught as young Catholics growing up to think and see our Catholicism, and in our duty to God and to ourselves in that relationship, as the whole cloth of Catholicism, the whole cloth of responsibility, the solidarity of people to their community and to each other and ultimately to the Lord," Kerry said. 'I'll tell you -- that teaching has always been inclusive of just wars, the environment, poverty, justice, social justice, and never been reduced to one point or another.'

Kerry insisted that he and his running mate, former North Carolina senator John Edwards, talked about values ''every day" during the race, but he strongly endorsed efforts by Democrats to talk even more about religion."
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