From: John Rupkey
According to traditional Catholic moral theology it is our own intellectual understanding that must be our primary guide to moral judgment, even in opposition to authority.
In 1975 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) published “Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics,” which stated that the homosexual condition is not sinful. This led to an increasing acceptance of gay people among Catholic bishops, priests and laypersons through the early 1980s.
Then in 1986, as head of the CDF, German Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, published “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,” which proclaimed that the homosexual condition is an “objective disorder.” This dehumanizing belief has become the essence of homophobia today. Ratzinger demanded that bishops stamp out growing pro-homosexual views within the church.
When democracies began making discrimination against gays illegal, Ratzinger launched his Roman Catholic anti-gay discrimination program. On July 23, 1992, he issued “Responding to Legislative Proposals on Discrimination Against Homosexuals.” This decree ordered all bishops to promote discrimination against gay persons for the following reasons:
• Persons who fall in love only with members of their own sex have “a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil.”
• In promoting discrimination the church “does not limit but rather defends personal freedom.”
• Discrimination against gay people helps protect the “rights of the family.”
• Civil legislation protecting the rights of gay people to express their love for each other sexually is protecting “behavior to which no one has any conceivable right.”
• Anti-discrimination legislation can cause “irrational and violent reactions” against gays to increase.”
• Restricting gays parallels restricting “contagious or mentally ill persons.”
• “There is no right to homosexuality.”
Apparently this kind of reasoning made sense to Ratzinger while he was being “educated” in Germany 75 years ago.
But in 2012 America, the reasoning of Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict) sounds more like the ramblings of simpleminded Simplicio in Galileo’s Dialogue on the Two World Systems.
Now he wants Minnesotans to vote his irrational, degrading, hurtful homophobia into our Minnesota Constitution. This November, vote instead for your own intelligence.