President Barack Obama has apparently completed his evolution on gay marriage. On CNN Newsroom's 3:00 pm segment today, anchor Brooke Baldwin spoke with chief national correspondent John King on the subject and he began by noting "we should say up front it's a bold, personal choice for the president to decide to do this publicly." His analysis included what he perceives as possible risks:
Critically to me, Brooke, in this calculation, African-Americans and Latinos. Many Latinos who are Catholics. They go to Catholic Church, where their priest tells them every Sunday homosexuality isn't just wrong, it's evil. That's what their priest tells them. It's evil.
A lot of African-American preachers in the Southern Baptist -- Southern churches across this country, but particularly in Virginia, North Carolina, states the president carried last time, say the same thing.
King should, if he can, document his sweeping assertion on what priests say "every Sunday." Having attended more than a thousand Catholic Masses in my lifetime, I don't recall homosexuality being mentioned very often. I'm pretty certain that if it were regularly condemned I'd recollect that.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says in part: "tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law." It further states:
The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.
King should apologize for his gross exaggeration of what takes place on Sundays in Catholic Churches, but perhaps he was just caught up in the moment. He's clearly dazzled by Obama's "bold, personal choice:"
KING: And this is a -- this is a big risk by this president. And give me him credit for taking the risk. Many politicians duck from risks. . .
But not Barack the Bold, right, John?