I believe you all know that recently the “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” policy (DADT) for the US Military was overturned.
Also, last Sunday His Eminence Donald Card. Wuerl was interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday and was asked about this change of policy. Here is the archived video.
I avoided writing about this, but I have been pelted by e-mail.
Finally, I was convinced to post something about this because of a link I received to an commentary on a Protestant website (onenewsnow.com of the American Family News Network), criticizing Card. Wuerl – in fact, criticizing the Catholic Church – for a lack of position about DADT. They had a poll. I posted a screenshot of the results as of the time of this writing.
In the same article, we read:
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, says it appeared that Wuerl was not prepared for the question.“…And he should have been [prepared], because the archbishop who is in charge of military services based in Washington, DC, [Archbp. Timothy Broglio] did issue a statement back in June recommending that the law not be repealed,” Donnelly points out.“But when the issue got right down to the final vote — the one that ultimately was successful,” she laments, “the Catholic Church, among other organizations that had spoken in June, were silent.“
Don’t forget that Card. Wuerl stood up and closed Catholic adoption agencies rather than cave in to the homosexual adoption thing.
I have to respond about the DADT issue that the Catholic Church has not been silent – in the past. There is guidance for this issue in the Church’s documents.
A key source could be the 1992 document of the CDF, “Some considerations concerning the response to legislative proposals on the non-discrimination of homosexual persons”. This well-known document should be a constant point of reference for Church officials who have to deal with the media.
10. “Sexual orientation” does not constitute a quality comparable to race, ethnic background, etc. in respect to non-discrimination. Unlike these, homosexual orientation is an objective disorder (cf. Letter, no. 3) and evokes moral concern.11. There are areas in which it is not unjust discrimination to take sexual orientation into account, for example, in the placement of children for adoption or foster care, in employment of teachers or athletic coaches, and in military recruitment.