In an address to an inter-religious conference on marriage at the Vatican, Pope Francis has made no doubt of where he stands on marriage. One would be hard pressed to differentiate this pope from the last pope:
Complementarity between men and women is the basis of marriage and the
family, which is the first school where we learn to appreciate our
gifts and those of others and where we learn the art of living
together … Children have the right
to grow up in a family, with a mother and a father who can create a
suitable environment for their development.
This would be irrelevant were it not for the fact that the Church and its sponsors continue to invest heavily (money and effort) in marriage discrimination. Furthermore, the Church’s arrogantly written expectation is that Catholic politicians will do their duty and oppose marriage equality. In other words, the Establishment Clause in our Constitution is apparently irrelevant. Several bishops have ordered priests not to hear the confessions of politicians who support same-sex marriage. It is rank coercion.
Francis confirmed that he would travel to Philadelphia next year to participate in a rally for families. Presumably those “families” do not include ours. The guy who said “Who am I to judge?” has apparently fallen in line with conservative elements in the Church or was intentionally disingenuous when he made the comment.
The Catholic Church remains the world’s most powerful anti-gay organization with an organizational structure that amplifies the discrimination. It is worth noting that American Catholics support marriage equality in greater percentage than the general public.