Justice Anthony Kennedy: Poster-Boy for Failed Catechesis?

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When the history of the triumph of “gay marriage” is one day written, one of its heroes will be a lifelong Roman Catholic and product of Catholic education: Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s undermining of the Defense of Marriage Act and the institution of marriage in America.

Kennedy’s opinion was summarized by Justice Antonin Scalia, another lifelong Catholic, but one faithful to the Church’s ancient teachings on marriage. As Scalia put it, Kennedy and his majority resorted to calling opponents of gay marriage “enemies of the human race.” To the contrary, said Scalia, “to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements.”

As Scalia noted, the Defense of Marriage Act “did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence—indeed … for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it [as] … enemies of the human race.”

 

Justice Scalia is exactly right.

Anthony KennedyBut what of Justice Kennedy? Where and how did he acquire his stereotypical, demeaning, and quite bigoted view of those who support marriage as it has always been?

Does Anthony Kennedy attend Mass? I ask because Kennedy seems to not know, or at least be perplexed by, opponents of gay marriage. How could that be? Does he not have a priest, Religious Ed director, fellow parishioners? Or does every single one of them endorse gay marriage?

This is bizarre. Justice Kennedy’s position is bizarre.

How does a lifelong Roman Catholic come to this position, and then, by extension, inflict so much damage not merely on the culture but upon those of us in his Church (and elsewhere) simply supporting marriage as it has been since the dawn of humanity?

Or, perhaps Justice Anthony Kennedy is merely a poster-boy for the Catholic Church’s inability to catechize its own members.

Dr. Paul Kengor

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Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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