Tuesday, July 8, 2014
There is a benefit to so few Lutherans in politics. . .
No less than Nancy Pelosi, sometime Roman Catholic, has contributed much to my growing ease at the fact that we have too few Lutherans among the ranks of senators, congressmen, and presidents. Recently she suggested that the her bishop, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, cancel his attendance at the June 19 March for Marriage in Washington. To be truthful, she did much more than that. Pelosi compared those in favor of traditional marriage to bigots and hatemongers who confused vitriolic hatred as virtue. She insisted that her church leaders should have nothing to do with such people. The Archbishop responded in a nuanced, reasoned, and yet forceful rebuttal of Pelosi's charge and insisted that his office compelled him to march for marriage.
The Archbishop insisted that his responsibility as a shepherd of souls required his involvement in the event. He stated that the “intrinsic human dignity of all people” not only required him to defend the sanctity of all human life, but “to proclaim the truth — the whole truth — about the human person and God’s will for our flourishing.” “I must do that in season and out of season, even when truths that it is my duty to uphold and teach are unpopular, including especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife. That is what I will be doing on June 19th,” he stated emphatically.