2. Such childish tantrums from Catholic leaders...
...such obsessive focus on what is, essentially, irrelevant to the spirit of Christ, will, I suspect, cause more than a few Catholics to wonder if this faith still speaks for them. As for non-Catholics, the more the Vatican tries to stick its nose into the secular realm, the less credibility and respect it will be given. No one wants any one religion dictating secular laws.
And saying things like this: "In a separate Vatican Radio editorial, the Vatican spokesman asked sarcastically why gay marriage proponents don't now push for legal recognition for polygamous couples as well." Is just fucking stupid. Like one has anything to do with the other. But what makes it especially stupid is that Catholicism is built on holy text in which the majority of by-gone religious leaders were polygamous! How many frigging wives did King Solomon have? King David?
Maybe after gays are allowed to marry, the polygamists will come out and demand their right to marry more than one person. And if they do, so what? As those who engage in it probably won't be Catholics, what does the Catholic church care? Islamics can have more than one wife. I don't see the Vatican screaming and shouting about them.
I'm tired of this. Anyone playing in your backyard must play by your rules, but that doesn't mean you get to dictate the rules in anyone else's backyard, and most especially not in the public park where we're all allowed to play.