This week’s Maclean’s has a cover story on Pope Benedict. It deals of course with the Pope’s controversial remarks on Islam, but also his strictures on Canada’s elected Catholic politicians for their support of policies such as same sex marriage. Quebec’s Cardinal Ouellet and Calgary’s Bishop Fred Henry (he seems to be at every ecclesiastical dog fight) also weigh in with their own strictures on Catholic politicians.
As a matter of fact, the Catholic politicians quoted in the article, the NDP’s Tony Martin, Charlie Angus and Joe Comartin, all say they took the Church’s teaching into consideration when they formed their consciences on same sex marriage. They took other things into consideration too such as Canada’s being a pluralistic society (they are not legislating just for Catholics) and their understanding of Christ’s message in the Gospels. Then each of them formed his own consience. This is solid Catholic teaching. Even the view of the Pope (much less Cardinal Ouellett and Bishop Henry), does not superside one’s own conscience which is supreme in these matters.