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Synchronize watches!

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 31, 2003

It was noon today, Rome time-- early morning in the US-- when the Vatican released the document on same-sex marriages. That document makes it clear that:

  • Opposition to the legal recognition of same-sex unions is a moral duty
  • Diocesan bishops should issue their own statements on the topic
  • and, most abundantly clear of all,
  • Voting in favor of same-sex "marriage" in any form is "gravely immoral."
  • How long do you suppose it will be before an American bishop issues a statement as clear and compelling as the Vatican document?

    How long before a leading Catholic politician in the US makes a clear public statement against all forms of legal recognition for same-sex unions?

    How long before a leading Catholic politician commits the "gravely immoral" act of supporting such measures? And when that happens, how long before his bishop rebukes him?

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    • Posted by: - Jul. 31, 2003 11:22 AM ET USA

      How WF's comment drips with sacrasm!! Well, at least I hope it does...

    • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Jul. 31, 2003 11:00 AM ET USA

      Dialogue is just another word for dissent. Have you ever noticed that the ones who want to dialogue are the ones to whom morality is a chameleon that changes with the times? And, the purpose of dialogue is to cloud issues. We must be sensitive to others but homosexual behavior is, according to the Catechism, grave matter and mortal sin when engaged in with full consent. There can be no comprise on the matter of active immoral behavior. Love says no to behavior that destroys a person.

    • Posted by: - Jul. 31, 2003 10:19 AM ET USA

      Phil, Phil, Phil. Can't you see that what the Pope is calling for is *dialogue* on this issue? I mean, I haven't read the document because I don't want to risk becoming rigid on this issue, but clearly the SPIRIT of the document calls for a re-imagining of the position of Church on our brothers and brothers, and sisters and sisters, in Christ who want to express their love in a sacramental way. Clearly Church must be open to new ways of living the sacraments and hearing God's call to healing.

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