Dear Pope Francis,
So, I don’t mean to get all political in this blog, but sometimes it’s required.
As you probably know, the U.S. Supreme Court made a couple of long-time-coming decisions yesterday, striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and also invalidating California’s Proposition 8.
And then Cardinal Dolan and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops went all emo about it.
OK. I can appreciate that Cardinal Dolan and his colleagues have some issues with marriage equality. I don’t agree, but that’s also my right. But, a “tragic” day for marriage and a risk for the nation? Really? Where was Bishop Dolan when Brittany Spears got married for 55 hours? Where is Bishop Dolan on the near-daily degradation of “straight” marriage? Why are the Knights of Columbus not spending money battling that? Anyone? Anyone?
What I think Cardinal Dolan and the USCCB don’t understand is that they don’t have to conduct same-sex marriages in their churches. It would be nice if they did. Really nice. And just. But nobody is forcing them.
Also, I wonder if they have looked north lately to us in Canada. We’ve had marriage equality for more than a decade now. Is the country in peril? No. Is marriage under threat? No.
If you’re going to decry something, at least base it on some kind of evidence. This hate-based hyperbole is just not respectful.
I know you have been mainly silent on the issue, Pope Francis, but you seem to be a person of reason, tact and respect. Could you give Cardinal Dolan a call and let him know his tactics aren’t helping anyone? All he’s doing is widening the trench, and hurting a lot of people in the process. Thanks.
Phew. Ok. I need some Peter Mayer after that.