Bishop Zubik’s friend who is a rabbi supports same-sex marriage on the basis of individual equality so he penned a great article in response to his friend, explaining the importance of marriage being between a man and woman, and how his friend is wrongly applying individual equality to marriage. Here is the article:
For a long time, three decades plus, I have been a fan of the ABC network morning TV show “Good Morning America.” Starting back in the early 1980s, from co-hosts Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden, to current co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, the show has been the background voice to help me get ready for my day. In the 1990s, through the kindness of our local news anchor and friend, Mike Clark, I had the grand opportunity to be in the studio and on the set of “Good Morning America” in Times Square.
Of all the features I enjoyed about “Good Morning America,” my favorite was a duet interview every Friday morning back in the ’80s that was affectionately dubbed “The God Squad.” A rabbi and a priest each week would address some news item or contemporary issue. It was so interesting to hear Rabbi Marc Gellman and Msgr. Thomas Hartman from the New York area bring religion to “Good Morning America.”
What prompts me to share this slant with you is that, over the past few years, a number of Pittsburghers have commented on our own “God Squad” in southwestern Pennsylvania: once again a rabbi and a priest — Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood and yours truly. I must admit I blush at the comparison, but like it as well.
It’s no secret that Rabbi Bisno, his wife, Michelle, and I are friends — in fact, very good friends. We have traveled to Rome and the Holy Land together. Each year, Rabbi Bisno comes to the Christmas Eve Mass at St. Paul Cathedral. Each year, I go to Rodef Shalom to commemorate the Jewish high holy day, Yom Kippur. We have shared everything from good meals to even better conversation. We trust each other with our struggles and our joys.
We both realize that, while our friendship is personal, it also means more than that. Publicly representing the Jewish and Catholic communities, our friendship is within a much larger context. We have been able to use our friendship to further enhance Jewish and Catholic relations in Pittsburgh, while working together, we hope, for the good of the whole community of southwestern Pennsylvania.
More than two individuals
Which is my whole point in responding to Rabbi Bisno’s Forum commentary Sept. 8 in the Post-Gazette. My friend, Aaron, argues support for same-sex marriage based on the concept of individual rights. “Judaism teaches that all human beings are equal, unique and of infinite worth,” Rabbi Bisno wrote, and that by refusing to accept same-sex marriage, he argues, society fails to “honor every person’s divine likeness.”
No one, I hope and pray, would argue against the infinite worth of the individual. And central to Catholic understanding is that each of us is created in the image and likeness of God. Without exception!
But the inherent disagreement I have with my friend’s argument is that he defines marriage in the context of the individual. Marriage has never been understood in faith or society as based on an individual’s self-definition. Marriage has always been defined and understood as two becoming one to create life, to create family, to create society, to create goodness through the generations. CONTINUED