Instead of using “Catholic teaching” as a cover for discrimination, a New Jersey school has used it to for its more important but neglected message – opposition to homophobia and bigotry.
We are depressingly familiar with Catholic bishops (Salvatore Cordileione and others) who are attempting to use the cover of “Catholic teaching” to police the private behaviour, and even the beliefs, of lgbt Catholics and their straight allies. The core problem with this approach is that it takes a very limited, selective view of “Catholic teaching”, exclusively through the prism of sexual ethics, ignoring the far more important dimension of Catholic teaching through the prism of social justice and radical inclusion of all.
In direct opposition to the familiar Vatican doctrine that opposes same – gender sexual activities, are others, ignored by Cordileone and his ilk, that “homosexuals” should be treated with dignity, compassion and sensitivity, that violence or malice (in speech or in action) should be opposed, and that discrimination against lgbt people is unjustified. Continue reading School Uses "Catholic Teaching" to Penalize Bigotry.
“[The archbishop] is not in compliance with Catholic teaching,” McGarry said. “He is very selectively choosing a small number of doctrines and putting them forward in a selective way and, I think, distorting the tradition … in a way that first of all endangers the health and well being of our children.”
McGarry argued that Cordileone’s hardline stance on homosexuality, which would permit the firing of teachers who wed same-sex partners, directly contradicts a line in the Catholic Catechism that reads, “Every sign of unjust discrimination [against homosexuals] should be avoided.” He also noted that Catholic teaching is well-known for guaranteeing freedom of conscience, allowing Catholics to disobey their government — or each other — when they feel that their morals has been violated.
“The first word of Catholic teaching is forgiveness, the second word is conscience,” he said.