NJ Catholic Bishops: It is not “unjust discrimination” to treat different things differently.

But isn’t prohibiting same-sex “marriage” unjust discrimination?

No.  We must always remember that every person has an inherent dignity.  Like all other human beings, our homosexual brothers and sisters are beloved children of God.  As a result, the Catholic Church affirms that they “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.  Every sign of unjust discrimination in this regard should be avoided” [Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 2358].

Clearly, the fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended, and everyone must strive to eliminate any forms of injustice, oppression, or violence against homosexual persons.

But it is not “unjust discrimination” to treat different things differently.  Same-sex unions are not, in fact, the same thing as the union of one man and one woman in marriage.  One type of union may ever generate children, the other may never; one type of union respects and expresses the inherent complementarity of man and woman; the other does not.  Therefore, treating one type of union as “marriage,” and the other not, is not only permitted, but required.  Indeed, it is treating this differentiation as bigotry that constitutes an injustice.

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  1. What God has put together, let no man put asunder.

    What Caesar, Nero, Caligula, or other civil authority blesses (e.g. Nero’s Horse), who cares? And what business of a Bishop is such?

    The bishops accept that the state – caesar – must provide a license prior to a nuptial mass. Wil the FDA, USDA, or BATF, now regulate the eucharistic media? Under the ADA will they need to provide gluten-free hosts?

    Why not? The bishops have sceeded authority over sacraments the civil government. And a lot of lesser but not unimportant things like care of the sick and poor.

    They have given sacred things to police dogs, have cast the pearls held by the apostles before politician swine and are being trampled.

    Before calling on pagans to treat different things differently, perhaps they themselves ought to treat sacred things as sacred, keeping them safe, instead of giving them to the profane.

    If marriage is civil, there can be no injustice whatever Nero decides. If God puts together one flesh, it is no business of government.

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