Saturday, June 15, 2013

Quote of the Day

The core problem with Catholic bishops’ pronouncements on gay marriage, and on human sexuality more generally, is that they are usually based entirely on speculation and supposition, made with little or no recourse to evidence – and none at all to the real-life experience of loving, committed sexual relationships, of which they have none themselves.

That is why it is so important that those of us who do have such experience, and some understanding of these relationships illuminated by more than dusty theological manuals from the medieval theologians and the Council of Trent, should speak up and speak truth to power, whenever and however we can.

– Terence Weldon
"Bishops Warn of 'The Consequences of Gay Marriage.' Why?"
Queering the Church
May 20, 2013

Related Off-site Links:
Same-Sex Marriage Leaves the Bishops Behind – Diarmaid MacCulloch (New York Times, June 14, 2013).
Is Pope Francis Waving a White Flag on Gay Marriage? – Michelangelo Signorile (The Huffington Post, June 14, 2013).
The Pope's Gay Panic – Frank Bruni (New York Times, June 15, 2013).
Is Pope Francis Ramping Up Gay Marriage Critique? – Steve Scherer (Reuters via The Huffington Post, June 15, 2013).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Marriage: "Part of What is Best in Human Nature"
Rediscovering What Has Been Written on Our Hearts from the Very Beginning
Quote of the Day – November 19, 2012
Quote of the Day – March 14, 2012
Quote of the Day – July 18, 2011
Good News on the Road to Emmaus
The Many Manifestations of God's Loving Embrace
Gay Men in the Vatican Are Giving the Rest of Us a Bad Name
What the Vatican Can Learn from the X-Men
God Weighs In on the Gay Marriage Debate

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