Francis Cardinal George, the Archbishop of the Chicago diocese of the Catholic Church, has a record of saying really, really dumb things on a range of issues. He continues that unbroken record with a dishonest and ridiculous column in Catholic New World, discussing same-sex marriage.
In recent years, society has brought social and legislative approval to all types of sexual relationships that used to be considered “sinful.” Since the biblical vision of what it means to be human tells us that not every friendship or love can be expressed in sexual relations, the church’s teaching on these issues is now evidence of intolerance for what the civil law upholds and even imposes. What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval. The “ruling class,” those who shape public opinion in politics, in education, in communications, in entertainment, is using the civil law to impose its own form of morality on everyone. We are told that, even in marriage itself, there is no difference between men and women, although nature and our very bodies clearly evidence that men and women are not interchangeable at will in forming a family. Nevertheless, those who do not conform to the official religion, we are warned, place their citizenship in danger.
You are warned? By whom, exactly? And upon what evidence? Is there anyone in the entire country who has even suggested that those who oppose same-sex marriage be stripped of their citizenship? No? Then you’re just plain full of shit. You’re lying to your followers. This is not surprising, of course.
Swimming against the tide means limiting one’s access to positions of prestige and power in society. It means that those who choose to live by the Catholic faith will not be welcomed as political candidates to national office, will not sit on editorial boards of major newspapers, will not be at home on most university faculties, will not have successful careers as actors and entertainers.
Um. What? There are currently 163 Catholics in Congress, about 30% of the total. That’s higher than the 25% they comprise of Americans. Six of the nine Supreme Court justices are Catholic. And in not a single instance was their Catholicism made an issue during their elections or confirmation fights. There was once anti-Catholic bigotry that locked them out of the seats of power, but that is decades in the past.
institutions, no matter who owns or operates them, will be agents of the government and conform their activities to the demands of the official religion, the practice of medicine and law will become more difficult for faithful Catholics. It already means in some States that those who run businesses must conform their activities to the official religion or be fined, as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.
Sharia law? Really? The same Sharia law that would agree with you on same-sex marriage? Is that really the comparison you want to make?