"Catholic Vote" contributor Carson Holloway:
I would like to emphasize one sentence in particular (as did Kristol), but I guess that my point has the most in common with Buchanan’s. Here is the president’s more or less open call for same-sex marriage: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to each other must be equal as well.”
At the moment I am not interested in Obama’s specific argument, his call to redefine marriage, although that is certainly a matter of concern. Rather, what bothers me here is the way in which Obama uses the Declaration of Independence and attempts to transfigure it into something entirely new, and something on the basis of which there can be endless, unpredictable transformation of American society.
It seems to me that Obama’s effort is to move equality front and center and dispense with any concern with what is right or just by nature.
Untethered from any substantive account of human nature, a commitment to “equality” opens the door to who-knows-what series of endless transformations of society. No one can say what new inequality this kind of liberalism will become preoccupied with next and turn the power of the state to abolishing, whatever the costs to traditional institutional arrangements.
There's more, if you can stomach it.
It isn't only that this group exists- while using "Catholic" as if somehow representing the Church. It's far more serious because this group wields considerable leverage in the U.S. Church. One of the better-known commentators, Thomas Peters, is also employed by the National Organization for Marriage (which is supported monetarily by many Roman Catholic dioceses). His father- who also blogs- is a canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Thomas Peters is invited by bishops to speak at official diocesan events.
Back to Holloway's piece. Because he does not believe that gay people "fit" in his concept of "natural law" he advocates our exclusion from the protections laid out in the Declaration of Independence.
It's this kind of rhetoric that keeps gay Catholics marginalized within (or without) the Church. This isn't simply the writings of an opinionated lay person-- the whole enterprise is implicitly and explicitly supported by many bishops in the U.S.
No wonder "good Catholics" think it's OK to call me a fag in the comments section on my blog.
Pax et bonum