First, there’s presidential candidate John Kerry (did you know he is a Vietnam vet?) who says he “does not accept edicts from any religious leaders.” Do you suppose that means he won’t be attending Archbishop Sean O’Malley’s installation tomorrow? The point isn’t that the Pope (or more accurately the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) is “interfering” in matters of state, but that he’s pointing out the reality that gay marriage undermines society, that it is not the will of God, and that people who claim to be Catholic should be concerned with the will of God.
And then there’s this priceless quote from an openly gay Massachusetts state senator.
There’s a nice dishonest rhetorical trick: Shut up your enemy when he speaks the truth by calling him a hypocrite or tell him to take care of some problem that’s unrelated to what he’s talking about. For one thing the Church is addressing the problem, albeit slowly and with fits and starts and at the prodding of others. But more importantly, as Catholic we supposedly believe that the Holy Spirit protects the Church from teaching error as truth in matters of faith and morals. So if some individuals in the Church have committed sin and allowed evil to flourish, it does not invalidate the Church’s voice of moral matters.
Finally, when was the last time Sen. Barrios went to Mass? When I go to Mass, people in the pews aren’t doing a whole lot of talking, but then at my parish we are worshipping God during Mass.