Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Pope Francis Bets All His Moral Capital on a Long Shot: Gay Marriage
This is what Pope Francis was willing to squander all his hoarded moral capital on?
A moot question now, at least in this country (and in the pope's native Argentina as well).
The Vatican admitted today that the pope had granted a private audience to Kim Davis, the Rowan County (KY) clerk who is leading (and losing) Custer's last stand against gay marriage.
The pope may have acted from principle, and because a cause is lost does not necessarily make it a bad cause. But should gay marriage take precedence over every other cause?
Francis was willing to overlook the suffering of the Cuban people when he refused to meet with its authentic representatives — those who put their lives on the line every day to secure the freedom and human rights of all Cubans — preferring instead to visit and praise the man who enslaved them.
Should not the blood of Cubans be more of a priority to the pope than the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses?
Is it more important to the pope to make a symbolic gesture against gay marriage than a real attempt to save lives?
Yes, it would have been quixotic for Francis to agree to meet with Cuba's beleaguered dissidents.
But no more quixotic than his secret meeting with the last U.S. official (a county clerk) to offer active resistance to the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage.
The pope obviously thought that the cause of humanity demanded that he draw the line at gay marriage.
Too bad that the plight of the Cuban people did not meet that high threshold of humanity.