National Organization for Marriage is featuring a piece on their Blog about San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. This was an interview that Cordileone gave to the UK Catholic Herald. The paragraph immediately preceding the part that NOM quotes reads as follows:

I tell him that I’m searching for good theological answers against
gay marriage, but he corrects this notion by saying: “If you use
theology, you will play into their hands and they will say you use
religion to control people. Marriage isn’t primarily in theology;
marriage is in nature. Theology builds on the natural institution,
giving us a deeper mystical and supernatural sense of its meaning.”

The “I” in this paragraph is the interviewer, Mary O’Regan and the piece is titled All our detractors can do is call us names. This from a guy who insists that gay people don’t exist. We’re all just those who “experience same-sex attraction.” So our civil rights and equal protection under law are subject to mysticism and the supernatural?

One of the things that I have learned through this controversy is that “natural law” means whatever the spouter claims it to mean. In the 1860’s some thought that it meant that black people were placed on earth to be subservient to white people as ordained by God.

More importantly, it seems that Ms. O’Regan is against marriage equality but doesn’t know why she should be against it. For his part, Cordileone is basically saying “have faith my child.” That’s it. This is the law of God as I interpret it to be and you shall obey. Further down in the article, we get to this passage:

Archbishop Cordileone urges us to see it as a way of winning grace.
“Fighting for marriage is our way of loving God, and the struggle is the
particular gift that God has given our generation. This is our
particular trial, and by overcoming it we may achieve spiritual
greatness. It will entail suffering if we are to oppose gay marriage,
something which poses such destruction to the understanding of natural
marriage, which is a child-oriented institution.”

So you want to take away the civil rights of others because some guy tells you that God will love you more? Seriously? And you are the person who has to suffer? Also excluded from NOM’s blog is this gem:

Archbishop Cordileone cautions against over-using the term “gay
marriage”, advising that it should be used “only sparingly” because it
is a natural impossibility and if we keep talking about gay marriage we
might fool ourselves into thinking it is an authentic reality, which
only needs government approval to make it legitimate. He compares it
with another impossibility: “Legislating for the right for people of the
same sex to marry is like legalising male breastfeeding.”   

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.