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September 29, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Gay marriage: The Catholic Church isn’t the ‘author’ of norms

Syndicated columnist Frank Bruni skips over the real question when he charges the church for “punishing a same-sex couple for formalizing a relationship that was already obvious, as these men’s partnership was [“When ‘I do’ means you’re done in the Catholic Church,” Opinion, Sept. 24]. Are all interpersonal relationships really “marriages” simply awaiting formal branding?

Pope John Paul II, a recent predecessor of Pope Francis, wrote of such questions as raised by Bruni’s Montana case, and why the church membership cannot simply follow the pack in “The Splendor of the Truth”: “(The church) never tires of proclaiming the moral norm. … The church is in no way the author or the arbiter of this norm.” But how fortunate we are that others are ever-ready to present themselves as author and arbiter — especially syndicated columnists of The New York Times and other such oracles.

Peter D. Beaulieu, Shoreline

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