If he chooses to give this decision the rule of law, this would be the second time that the court has intervened in American politics to force the government to legalize something that is intrinsically evil and a non-negotiable for Catholics. Homosexual marriage is something that must be opposed by Catholics and in this matter no compromise is possible. It would be tragic for the court to mandate this and one would then reasonably wonder when the third non-negotiable, the right of parents to educate their children as they wish, would be lost.
As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable. Among these the following emerge clearly today:
- recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family - as a union between a man and a woman based on marriage - and its defence from attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different forms of union which in reality harm it and contribute to its destabilization, obscuring its particular character and its irreplaceable social role;These principles are not truths of faith, even though they receive further light and confirmation from faith; they are inscribed in human nature itself and therefore they are common to all humanity. The Church’s action in promoting them is therefore not confessional in character, but is addressed to all people, prescinding from any religious affiliation they may have.
Pope Benedict Address March 30, 2006