There was a time in my life when this headline would have surprised me. Those days are gone. My own bishop, Bishop William Medley, has mentioned to me that shocking headlines can tend to have a negative impact on people and their perceptions of things. I toned things down after that conversation, even though he wasn’t speaking about me personally, but the media in general. I think he might agree with me now that the time has come when shocking things in headlines can’t really be avoided, because there is so much hatred out there against the Catholic Church. The irony is that this hatred of the Catholic Church is masked as a campaign against “hatred.”
An online petition asking the White House to designate the Catholic Church as a “hate group” for its views on marriage is drawing criticism for generating unjust animosity.
The petition reveals an “underlying agenda,” which is not simply to prevent violent crimes, but to “stigmatize any disapproval of homosexuality at all and essentially to silence us,” said Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.
He explained to CNA on Jan. 3 that applying the “hate group” label to organizations that are morally opposed to redefining marriage is simply “name-calling designed to cut us out of the public debate.”
Initiated on Christmas Day, a petition on the White House website had collected 1,640 signatures by Jan. 3.
Cappadocia in Lowell rightly points out that Catholic teaching on sexuality is not limited to homosexuality. We have beliefs about sexuality that cover everyone. The idea that we are “targeting” people with same-sex attraction is sorely misguided.
Commentarius de Prognosticis reminds us that this has implications for any group that upholds the sanctity of marriage and of human life.
In Layman’s Terms points out that “Somehow, Muslims are exempt” from this sort of thing.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
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