Rome, Italy, May 10, 2012 / 16:05 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the American civil rights movement of the 1960s should inspire Catholics in their response to President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, says Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami.
“Martin Luther King Jr. and others did not impose their views on racial justice but they made a proposal and through nonviolent protest they were able to touch the conscience of a nation and change unjust laws,” Archbishop Wenski told CNA in Rome on May 10.
He described the civil right campaign led by King as “in essence a religious movement.”
The Archbishop of Miami is in Rome this week on his “ad limina” visit to the Vatican. He watched from afar yesterday, however, as President Obama told ABC News that it was “important” for him to “go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”
Archbishop Wenski said he was not surprised by President Obama’s statement as “his administration seemed to be moving in that direction.” He also believes that as a “shrewd politician,” the President must calculate that his stance “is not going to hurt him politically,” although the archbishop said “that remains to be seen.”