Calling out Illinois Sen. Sandoval on gay marriage

In the Illinois legislature's debate over same-sex marriage, Illinois Sen. Martin Sandoval made an astounding charge when he rose to argue for passage of a law legalizing gay marriage.

While in the Catholic seminary, he said he "witnessed  personally in my eight years in the seminary, you know, homosexuality, alcoholism and even men that were pedophiles. The church and its leaders who didn't provide any support to these good men of faith allowed them to ruin the lives of many of our loved ones." [emphasis added]

Well, make that more than one astonishing thing. He witnessed pedophiles? In action? If so, why didn't he report them to authorities, as the law requires? Did he act to "provide support" for them--the same thing that he and others are criticizing the church not doing?

Sandoval also included pedophiles among  his "men of good faith." Not in my book.

Finally, Sandoval criticized Pope Benedict XVI for resigning, as if he was running out on the church's problems. Maybe he was being honest when he said he was leaving because he was physically and mentally unable to deal with the church's challenges. Maybe Sandoval want the church to be led by a senile, crippled old man.

Sean O'Leary and Illinois Review get a hat-tip for bringing this to my attention. Read O'Leary's excellent commentary in Illinois Review.

 

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