This past weekend, Edwin Cardinal O’Brien sent the above letter to Maryland’s Catholic parishes to be read aloud at mass this past weekend, to help the petition-drive to reconsider gay marriage as a referendum in November.
An interesting line comes at the end of the fourth paragraph: “The Church’s understanding about marriage is one of the core tenets of our faith, and we must not, and cannot, be silent when that belief is so deeply threatened.”
Think of all the religions with particular restrictions that society as a whole is not required to follow. Is the faith of Sikhs deeply threatened by barber shops? Is the faith of kosher Jews deeply threatened by cheeseburgers? Is the faith of teetotaling Muslims deeply threatened by two-for-one Natty Boh specials?
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