Cardinal George rues stunted debate about same-sex marriage
CWN – August 08, 2012
In a column on legal acceptance of same-sex marriage, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George remarks that the public debate in America has been artificially limited. A full debate, the cardinal argues, would include not only a discussion of individual rights, but also a discussion of natural law and the claims of religious faith. But in practice the debate has focused almost exclusively on the claims for individual rights. Cardinal George observes:
Unfortunately, when the only permissible context for discussing public values is that of individual rights protected by civil law, then it is the government alone that determines how it is acceptable to act.
Additional sources for this story: Chicago Values, Revisited: it’s not about chicken! (Chicago archdiocese) www.archchicago.org/cardinalsnetwork/archive.aspx?id=83