January 8, 2011
Cardinal Wuerl Is Exactly Right About ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’
There’s been a bit of a dust-up over the “silence” of the USCCB on the repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy for the U.S. armed forces.
Cardinal Wuerl’s comment, however, was right on the mark, in my opinion.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC stated last month on Fox News Sunday that “there isn’t a specific Catholic Church position” on the issue of homosexuals serving in the military.
Whether this sounds like tacit support, which I don’t think it is, is not the point — the USCCB should stay away from political tar babies such as this.
When the USCCB engages public policy it should be based upon clear-cut and unambiguous principles of Catholic social teaching. (Of course, that’s a criterion not often observed :))
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” involves a maze of prudential matters, that while being undoubtedly important, are best left to experts on military life and culture.
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