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Sat May 12, 2012, 12:52 PM

Do Most Catholic Theologians Support Same-Sex Marriage?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/11/do-most-catholic-theologians-support-same-sex-marriage.html

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said he found President Obama’s announcement that he supports legalizing same-sex marriage “deeply saddening.” But some Catholic theologians and writers say he doesn’t speak for them.


by Matthew DeLuca May 11, 2012 4:45 AM EDT


Fresh from their scrape with the White House over its birth-control mandate, Catholic bishops may represent the most unified resistance to any attempt by President Obama to turn his personal support for same-sex marriage into a policy position. Yet while many non-Catholic Americans may take the political position put forward by the bishops as the final word in American Catholic life, progressive Catholic thinkers and theologians say it is time for the church to step back from political arguments about same-sex marriage, and reconsider its own position.


Among the theologians who say the bishops are in the wrong is Paul Lakeland, a professor of religion and director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University, a Catholic university in Connecticut. “That’s not really an argument that has a theological justification,” Lakeland said of the church’s opposition to same-sex civil marriages. “It’s an argument that’s based more on fear or repugnance.”

“There is a lot more to be said about these issues than one stream of words from the hierarchy,” Lakeland said.

While Catholic bishops were quick to rise in unified opposition earlier this year after President Obama announced a health-care mandate that would require all employers to ensure that their health insurance plans covered birth control, they have not yet mounted a similar campaign in light of Obama’s announcement on Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage.

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Sat May 12, 2012, 01:13 PM

1. Did you see the comments section there?

The level of ignorance on display is shameful. I really liked the one that basically claimed gays don't demonstrate real love because he's never heard of a story where a gay person gave his life to save another.

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Sat May 12, 2012, 01:21 PM

2. I did not read the comments, but will now that you have noted them.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #2)

Sat May 12, 2012, 01:24 PM

3. Don't read too many of them.

There aren't many, but most of the ones that are there are infuriatingly ignorant!!!

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Sat May 12, 2012, 01:36 PM

4. Agree. Surprised to see that on this site.

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