Sunday, October 10, 2010
Just a quick response to Fr. Araujo: First, my post did not make this clear enough, but I do not believe that the difference between Fred Phelps' rhetoric and opposition to SSM is simply a matter of degree; I was not vouching for that position, I was just describing that position as a formidable obstacle to the Church's arguments against SSM. I reject that position, though I should have made it clearer. Second, in the Twin Cities, the news was filled with stories of gay teenagers' suicides at the same time the DVDs were making news. Whether or not certain bishops have made statements in the past on this issue againt bullying, I believe that it is important to make such statements when the public is focused on the issue, especially when the only mention of the Church's advocacy during that news cycle focused on the DVDs. On an issue that is this explosive, and on which the media is more inclined to report counter-cultural Catholic teachings, it is important to make the anti-bullying statements (and perhaps even support anti-bullying legislation?) over and over and over.