Milwaukee bishop: Obama same-sex marriage stance 'radical change'

CREATED May 11, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A bishop in the Milwaukee Archdiocese says that President Barack Obama's recently-revealed stance in support of same-sex marriage is a dramatic departure from what he believes has been society's long-held moral stance on the issue.

"What President Obama is proposing is really a radical change to the building block of society as we've understood it," Auxiliary Bishop Don Hying told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

"Through all human civilization, it's been understood and respected as a union between a man and a woman for the procreation of children.  That's been humanity's understanding of marriage forever, really."

Bishop Hying also challenged the stance of a Marquette University professor who opposed former Milwaukee Archbishop and current New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan calling the President's comments "deeply saddening."

"The bishops will stand with Dolan and the U.S. Catholic Conference, but on this issue, they are in moral schism since most in the Church have moved on (to) a more humane view on the rights of those whom God has made gay," Maguire wrote in an e-mail to the Daily Beast. 

"Most Catholic theologians approve of same-sex marriage and Catholics generally do not differ much from the overall population on this issue."

In response, Bishop Hying retorted "I would disagree with him that the majority of Catholic theologians would say that same-sex marriage is acceptable.  I think he would be in the minority."

"Obviously, you'll find Catholics on the street that reflect opinions that are not of the Church.  That does not make it right or wrong.  Obviously, as Catholics, we believe that our doctrine comes to us as revealed by God.  It's not up to a 51 percent majority vote."