Loyola Jesuit Explains to Nancy Pelosi Why Catholicism Doesn’t “Compel” Support for Same-Sex “Marriage”
Father Robert John Araujo, S.J. of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law took on minority leader Nancy Pelosi and certain theologians for their support of same-sex “marriage.”
Last week, Pelosi stated that her Catholicism “compels” her not to discriminate and therefore to support same-sex “marriage.”
Fr. Araujo wrote for The Mirror of Justice blog that Pelosi “does not understand very well what her religion—which happens to be mine as well—says about discrimination.”
Obviously, he says, people are forced to discriminate between any number of things in order to make decisions. He points out that the Church is only against “unjust discrimination.”
When people discriminate about who can marry whom, the discrimination that results need not be unjust and, therefore, not contrary to the religion of Rep. Pelosi. When the civil law (and the Church) prohibit minors from marriage, the discrimination is not unjust. When the civil law (and the Church) prevent marriages within certain degrees of consanguinity, the discrimination is not unjust. When the civil law (and the Church) do not permit marriages of several partners, the discrimination is not unjust.
Fr. Araujo wonders where the voices of outrage were to protest Pelosi (as well as President Obama) raising the specter of religion in a political issue.
But Fr. Araujo didn’t limit his remarks to politicians. He also took on a number of theologians who recently announced their support for same sex “marriage” as The Cardinal Newman Society recently reported.
He wrote scathingly of the justification those theologians use when they point to polls. He wonders where those theologians would be if 51% of Catholics favored slavery or sterilization of “imbeciles.”
He added that it may be the theologians themselves who are partly responsible for the shifting polls, especially among young Catholics. He concludes, “Maybe that’s one reason why younger people who claim to be Catholic are increasingly inclined to support same-sex marriage: they haven’t been exposed to reasoned views to the contrary in institutions which claim the moniker ‘Catholic’.”
You can read the entire piece at The Mirror of Justice blog: mirrorofjustice.blogs.com/mirrorofjustice/2012/05/politics-and-religionchurch-and-state.html