Wednesday, September 14, 2016

If they would only drop the "dignity, love and respect" pretense

Francis X. DiLorenzo
Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond and pampered prelate issued a statement today about marriage. Presumably it is written to rebut VP nominee Tim Kaine's suggestion that the Church will eventually change its views on marriage. I think that Kaine is wrong but that DiLorenzo will be looking at empty pews in the future:
More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage, and despite recent statements from the campaign trail, the Catholic Church’s 2000-year-old teaching to the truth about what constitutes marriage remains unchanged and resolute
Noticeably missing from that paragraph are any consequences of same-sex marriage over the past 17 months. How about over the last twelve years. If they occurred you can be sure he would have cited them chapter and verse. DiLorenzo continues:
As Catholics, we believe, all humans warrant dignity and deserve love and respect, and unjust discrimination is always wrong. Our understanding of marriage, however, is a matter of justice and fidelity to our Creator’s original design. …
DiLorenzo cannot simultaneously hold the belief that we are “objectively disordered” — which is the teaching of the Catholic Church — and that we warrant dignity and respect. Those are mutually exclusive. If that were true, if dignity and respect were really important then the Vatican would have recalled whack-job Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Dominican Republic who likes to call Ambassador Brewster a “faggot”. More recently the deranged cardinal said that the accomplices of Ambassador Brewster are “pimps and reptiles.” Where is the respect for a foreign diplomat who happens to be gay? What about his dignity?

I gather that it is just discrimination (as contrasted to unjust) to fire a valued Catholic school employee because they enter into a same-sex civil marriage. In other words Bishop, cut the crap. People capable of critical thinking aren't buying it. He concludes:
We call on Catholics and all those concerned for preserving this sacred union to unite in prayer, to live and speak out with compassion and charity about the true nature of marriage – the heart of family life.
They are free to believe whatever they want. That is a cherished value in this country. However, around the world the Church is engaged in imposing its teachings on public policy. I call it arrogance.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please be civil and do NOT link to anti-gay sites!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.