Cardinal George: US is adopting ‘official religion’ on homosexuality that is reminiscent of sharia
September 10, 2014
In an archdiocesan newspaper column, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said that American law has “taken upon itself the mantle of a religion and officially told its citizens what they must personally think or what ‘values’ they must personalize in order to deserve to be part of the country.”
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 …
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. Nor will their children, who will also be suspect. Since all public 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.
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Posted by: brenda22890 -
Sep. 11, 2014 9:25 AM ET USA
Thank God for Cardinal George's courage in saying what so many of us have known for some time. I wish my own Cardinal Dolan had as much courage.
Posted by: unum -
Sep. 10, 2014 6:45 PM ET USA
Cardinal George speaks clearly about Church teaching on marriage. Would that Pope Francis and the Vatican speak as clearly! Their vague pronouncements are causing confusion and error among the faithful. Why don't they speak clearly on Canon Law and "teach as Jesus did".
Posted by: jacquebquique5708 -
Sep. 10, 2014 11:09 AM ET USA
Cardinal "Frannie" is indeed one of the true "latter day saints". U.S. Catholics are waiting to see who will replace him. Pope "Frannie" is making conservatives nervous that he indeed supports this very culture that Cardinal George attacks to well. It will be seen with his replacement just what the pope really stands for.