On marriage, church follows higher law

Columnist Dan Rodricks' view that Father Richard Lawrence's personal opinion supporting gay marriage was an example how the Catholic Church "refuses to hear dissent" and is "itself no democracy" couldn't be more correct ("A Catholic priest speaks up in favor of same-sex marriage," Nov. 4).

Mr. Rodricks takes umbrage that the church interferes in "civil justice" but has no problem supporting the denigration of God's Word (Leviticus 20:13 that a "man shall not lie with man nor woman with woman"). God's Word is not negotiable. And neither shall be Father Lawrence's judgment.

Thomas Bateman, Lutherville

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