[A] new corps of increasingly vocal Catholics is urging a “mutiny” against the hierarchy, in the words of one activist, particularly on gay marriage and related matters. For example, on Sept. 14, [Joseph] Palacios and other advocates launched Catholics for Equality, a group that aims to persuade believers in the “movable middle” to defy the bishops and support civil rights for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people.
There’s one thing that’s wrong in the report: it isn’t mutiny against the hierarchy or even the Pope that’s being advocated by Palacios and others, it’s mutiny against Scripture. They can imagine that it’s simply a cultural thing and that as such it’s adiaphora. But the fact is, Scipture’s voice on the issue is quite clear. Astonishingly clear. Hence one can either heed and hear it or heed and hear society. It’s a no brainer to me as an heir of the Reformation. And I think it’s a no brainer for our Catholic cousins who are heirs to 1600 years of tradition.
They used to make mutineer sailors walk the plank. Maybe that’s a worthwhile practice to reestablish. I’m sure we can come up with a suitable theological equivalent.