Wrestling With Our Civil Rights

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COMMENTARY

“For the gay and lesbian community in this country, I think it’s clear that they feel victimized in fairly powerful ways and they’re often hurt by not just certain teachings of the Catholic Church, but the Christian faith generally. As a Christian, I’m constantly wrestling with my faith and my solicitude and regard and concern for gays and lesbians.”  – President Obama, as reported by Dan Gilgoff in U.S. News & World Report, 6 July 2009.

At first glance, the initial part of the above statement, given at a meeting with reporters from the Roman Catholic news media, sounds encouraging.