When to apologize

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Addressing Washington archbishop Donald Wuerl’s campaign against legalizing same-sex marriage in the nation’s capital over on America‘s In All Things blog, prolific contributor Sean Michael Winters (hi, Sean Michael!) writes:

The Church does not owe anyone an apology for stating our belief in the
importance of traditional marriage, nor for the argument that our
society should continue to privilege this unique, life-giving form of
human friendship and loving that is marriage.

Sure, don’t apologize for stating that belief. But American Catholics who embrace it might consider apologizing for the feeble and increasingly implausible natural law argument that the Church uses to justify its pushing the belief on a society that is rapidly coming to recognize civil marriage for same-sex couples as a simple civil right.