To the editor:
In response to (the Lopatas’) letter to the editor, “Polls differ with headline,” many Catholics could do well to read the Church’s official stance on same-sex unions. This position is documented eloquently in the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith’s 2003 document entitled, “Considerations Regarding Proposals To Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons.” I hope the Lopatas and others who may have a misunderstanding of the “institutional” Church’s position will rejoice in knowing that the Church has considered “reasons why many Catholics are supportive of same-sex unions.” I will follow the Lopatas’ assertions with citations from the above mentioned document.
Lopatas: Support for civil rights flowing from their grounding in the Catholic social justice tradition.
CDF: Differentiating between persons or refusing social recognition or benefits is unacceptable only when it is contrary to justice. The denial of the social and legal status of marriage to forms of cohabitation that are not and cannot be marital is not opposed to justice; on the contrary, justice requires it.
Lopatas: A question of whether it is good for civil society.
CDF: Society owes its continued survival to the family, founded on marriage. The inevitable consequence of legal recognition of homosexual unions would be the redefinition of marriage, which would become, in its legal status, an institution devoid of essential reference to factors linked to heterosexuality; for example, procreation and raising children.
Lopatas: Know, respect, and love many lesbian and gay couples.
CDF: According to the teaching of the Church, men and women with homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided”.