Is the Cafeteria "Open"?
Is Gerald Augustinus' cafeteria "open"?
I'm not going to make a judgment on that. But neither am I willing to condemn Gerald as others commenting at his blog have done. I believe Gerald does a great deal of good with his blog, even where I disagree with him (such as on this particular issue and on immigration reform, for example); and the sort of pronouncements of "heresy" and threats to report him to the Catholic League that are taking place at his blog are unwarranted hyperbole. (Let's hope Bill Donohue has bigger fish to fry than what someone has written at his blog.)
Suffice it to say that I think Gerald may be somewhat misguided by an admirable desire to defend the downtrodden and marginalized, but at the expense of the Natural Law and the age-old teachings of Holy Mother Church. And I am troubled by his willingness to give short shrift to how public policy should be guided by Natural Law (i.e. generally applicable) principles, as well as by his seeming dismissal of the Church's call for the "recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family – as a union between a man and a woman based on marriage – and its defense from attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different forms of union which in reality harm it and contribute to its destabilization, obscuring its particular character and its irreplaceable social role" in favor of egalitarian and/or libertarian aims.
And, if what has happened in Canada and the U.K. (and some parts of the U.S. - see, e.g., Catholic Charities adoption services in Boston and San Francisco) are any indication, I'm also concerned that it ignores the prospect of marginalizing the Church that could accrue from the government's recognizing certain relationships as equal to marriage in the law.
This is definitely a topic that demands, above all, charity and a willingness to listen to what other people are actually saying, and not engaging in homophobia, the distortion of others' points of views, or the creation of strawmen. And, as Christians, we are called to give others the benefit of the doubt and not engage in namecalling or ex parte excommunications. For examples of charitable discussion reflecting the Church's position, see the responses to Gerald's post by Fr. RP, "Rick", and the always thoughtful Christopher Blosser.
I'm posting this because I think it is an interesting discussion. But any comments that I believe cross the line of charitable dialogue will be deleted, and may lead to my closing off comments to this post altogether.