Earthquakes in Haiti, hundreds slaughtered or raped each day in the Congo, recession devastating the lives of millions, and what does Pope Benedict XVI wish to discuss as a critical issue-gay rights! In a letter addressed to the Catholic bishops of Great Britain, after praising the desire of England to seek “equality for all,” sharply condemned laws which create “limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.” He most probably was referring to recent legislation which prevents adoption agencies from discriminating against gay couples. The Pope made clear such laws “actually violates the natural law upon which all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed.’
The Pope misses an important issue. The British government is not telling or requiring the Catholic Church to grant equal rights to gays and lesbians. That question remains entirely under the control of the Pope and other members of the church. But, when the Church seeks to use national funds, then it must abide by national laws and regulations.