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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Courage of their convictions

There's a lot of rhetoric in these highly charged times about morals and acts of conviction. An overwhelmingly amount of that talk is nothing but superheated air. So when someone -- let alone seven people -- stand up for their convictions with action and not mere words it is worth praising.

The Archdiocese of Boston -- you know, the one that honors children by protecting their molesters -- wants an exemption from Massachusetts anti-discrimination law that would allow its Catholic Charities arm to to refuse to allow gay couples to adopt. The hypocrisy of these words from an organization that condoned pedophilia and protected the pedophiles -- unmarried priests, not monogamous loving couples -- cries out:
...Edward Saunders -- executive director of the Massachusetts Catholics Conference, which represents the bishops -- has said that church doctrine on the issue of gay adoptions is unequivocal. The document, written in 2003, states that allowing children to be adopted by same-sex couples ''would actually mean doing violence to these children." It ends by saying that gay adoptions are ''gravely immoral and in open contradiction to the principle . . . that the best interests of the child, as the weaker and more vulnerable party, are to be the paramount consideration in every case."
It would be one thing if the hypocrisy ended there -- but it does not. The same church leaders who in effect are condemning 13 couples who have taken in and are loving special needs or foster children want the government to step in and give them a special break.

Let's repeat that: the church, which steadfastly resists any government action it opposes as an unwarranted intrusion on separation of church and state, wants special interest legislation. A favor. A break. A deal.

Enter seven highly principled Catholics whose commitment to their faith is such that they give freely of their time to serve it beyond Sundays. I suspect many would find it highly ironic these people come from the tightly intermeshed world of media, politics and public relations, spheres not often equated with morality and principle.

In a highly public (and no doubt painful) stand against their church and its leader, these seven say they cannot support the church's stand that in effect repudiates its teaching that all people should be loved under their God's eyes.
We ''cannot participate in an effort to pursue legal permission to discriminate against Massachusetts citizens who want to play their part in building strong families," the seven members said in a statement.
That is a profile in courage that should be honored and celebrated. I salute them.

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