I doubt if Harry Knox, president Obama's appointee to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will be celebrating today's feast. Knox is the director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith Program. The HRC is a homosexual activist group with a history of slurs about the Catholic Church and its moral teachings.
Mr. Knox did make it into the news lately (if by "news" one means reports on critical developments in our public life and not the karaoke media lip-syncing from the White House hymnal). Mr. Knox was asked whether he stood by a published remark to the effect that Pope Benedict XVI was "hurting people in the name of Jesus" for insisting that at the heart of the AIDS crisis is the breakdown of the family and the third-world adoption of the promiscuous sexuality promoted by the West's sexual revolutionaries, matters which are only compounded by the distribution of condoms and the implicit message about the recreational nature of human sexuality that accompanies such distribution.
Mr. Knox's answer, of course, was yes indeed he stood by that statement. As for the fact that reputable scientists had substantiated the pope's assertion, Mr. Knox dismissed the suggestion as breezily as though he were a member of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The data these scientists quoted indicated that where condoms have been tried in one place and abstinence education combined with a campaign to reinforce the virtue of marital fidelity in another place, the incidents of AIDS dropped in the latter not the former.
The point, however, as many have stressed, is that -- once again -- the Obama administration has let its ideological mind-set and political agenda show. For the White House operatives, the choice between 2000 years of unbroken and unanimous Christian moral teaching and homosexual activists is a slam dunk in favor of the latter.
Meanwhile, count me among those whose hearts are filled with gratitude for the great gift to the world of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
Happy Feast of the Chair of Peter.