Does it get more reactionary than the U.S.C.C.B. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) ? The Conference’s president, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville, in a gesture that surprises no one, attacks gay marriage, writing in a statement,
Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.
Maybe the law would ensure such a “basic right” if there was any evidence testifying to the sinister implication, that children of gay couples or single parents are somehow damaged and neglected by the state. What a clever deflection. It’s not the state which neglects children abused by clerics with impossibly narrow statute of limitations. No. Not at all. It’s not the Catholic Church which time and time again has shown its preference for clerics and the priesthood over and against survivors of abuse by priests. The Catholic Church in the US hasn’t been involved in the legal effort to keep the S.O.L. (statute of limitations) that way, or kept politicians on its pay roll to ensure the Church’s legal financial protection, or anything. Nope. It’s gays and single parents.
If the Most Reverend Archbishop really cared about children, he would name the priests known to have preyed on children and vulnerable adults, but he refuses to do so. Gay people are again a convenient scapegoat for his baseless moralizing. His statement echoes an earlier one made by Cardinal Dolan, that gay Catholics have dirty hands. This, coming from a man who transferred millions of dollars from diocesan finances to cemetery trust, untouchable by bankruptcy courts, instead of allocating it for survivors of abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Thankfully, in a major victory to survivors, an appeals court earlier this year overturned a lower courts ruling which protected $55 million. Those funds are now redistributable to survivors.