That’s the basic argument put forward by Vatican Spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi yesterday in reference to Archbishop Celestino Migliore’s opposition to a proposed UN declaration to “endorse the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality”.
According to Fr Lombardi:
Archbishop Migliore’s point was that it’s one thing to argue against discrimination and criminalization regarding homosexuality, but another to contend that anyone who makes a distinction based on sexual orientation is considered an adversary of human rights.
It is an interesting proposition. What other acts (and we keep in mind, mind you, the distinction that the good Cardinal Pole pointed out in a combox to a blog below, that it is not “homosexuality” that is the usual object of criminalisation in law, but the act of “sodomy”) are not crimes, and yet are not “rights” also? The act of gluttony? The act of adultery? The act of sending your help-desk enquiry line off shore to the Philippines (viz. Telstra Bigpond internet service…)?
How does this help our discussion of religious liberty? In the proposed “Catholic Confessional State” would worshipping contrary to the Catholic faith be “legal”, but not a “right”? – Just a long shot to clarify the thinking of the defenders of the idea of a “Catholic Confessional State”.