John Becker of the Huffington Post writes:
Is it just me, or does it sometimes feel like there’s a new story about anti-LGBT spiritual bullying from the Catholic Church coming out every single day?
It’s not just you, John. You’re definitely not the only bully in town.
Who is John Becker calling a bully? He should not call Archbishop John Meyers of Newark and Archbishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco bullies for upholding the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of marriage and reminding Catholics of the guidelines for receiving holy communion. Here is an example of what I call bullying.
Thanks to President Obama’s repealing of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”:
Senior military officials have allowed personnel in favor of repeal to speak to media while those who have concerns have been ordered to be silent. Two airmen were publicly harassed in a Post Exchange food court as they were privately discussing their concerns about the impact of repeal. A chaplain was encouraged by military officials to resign his commission unless he could “get in line with the new policy,” demonstrating no tolerance for that chaplain’s religious viewpoint. Another chaplain was threatened with early retirement, and then reassigned to be more “closely supervised” because he had expressed concerns with the policy change, again demonstrating no tolerance for that chaplain’s religious viewpoint. (Read more)
Military chaplains who uphold Church teaching that marriage should only be between one man and one woman can no longer exercise authority over military chapels. No discussion. No dialogue. No tolerance.
The boundaries have all disappeared. A military chaplain can no longer preach about the sanctity of marriage, nor can a bishop in his own diocese, without being harassed for it. Now that’s what I call bullying.