A curious thing or two from Oakland bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone at the USCCB meeting. According to CNS, he “urged his fellow bishops June 15 to fight back in the war of words over efforts to redefine traditional marriage.”
Words? Whatever happened to actions? Traditional marriage is under no threat from people seeking same-sex unions. It’s really not some kind of legal zero-sum game. If it were, traditionally married couples would be discouraging their kids and other young people from marrying and stealing part of the pie of benefits given by society.
Our culture is one that often forgets the sacred gift of the child, and in so doing it also fails to recognize the vital importance of a mother and a father together for the life and upbringing of that child. In contemporary debates about the meaning of marriage, the rights and dignity of the child should be at the forefront.
If that mother and father both were of vital importance, then more bishops and more diocesan adoption agencies would work harder to encourage Catholic families and couples to adopt more of the 130,000 kids who lack mother and father, either because of being orphaned or the sorry inability of mothers and fathers to parent their birth children.
Sorry, I just find this whole line of reasoning to be impoverished from both a logical and a moral viewpoint. I’m not saying the bishops are off-base advocating for stronger marriages between a man and a woman. By dragging SSA people into the matter, they’re just losing oodles of credibility. At least in my eyes. If children were so important, more bishops would be promoting more adoption. Why not burnish the pro-life cred, if this fussing is really about children?