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USA: Catholic Bishops Unlikely to Live and Let Live Anytime Soon

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Catholic ChurchThere’s no doubting that Pope Francis’s comments about gay people have sent ripples through the Church. After all, when the new CEO says that things should be different, it’s hard not to take notice. The pope’s more relaxed attitude doesn’t have any doctrinal impact, but that hasn’t stopped Catholic conservatives from going into full freak-out mode.

But there are plenty of reasons to believe that, no matter what the pope says, things won’t be changing all that much among the U.S. bishops for quite some time. Here are six signs that the hierarchy is sticking to its guns on LGBT issues.

The new president of the National Catholic Conference of Bishops compares marriage equality to abortion. The Conference elected its new leaders this week, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville was chosen as president for the next three years. Kurtz has compared marriage equality to Roe v. Wade and has chaired the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage. This isn’t someone who is about to let go of his antipathy to all things LGBT in a hurry.

Authored By John Gallagher – See the Full Story at Queerty

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USA, New Mexico: No Big Surprise – Catholic Bishops Oppose Marriage Equality

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Catholic ChurchIn a statement released yesterday, New Mexico’s Catholic Bishops continued to oppose marriage equality. KRWG reports:

We, the Catholic bishops of New Mexico, reiterate our previous statement on same-sex marriage: “[the] tradition of marriage between one man and one woman comes to us not only from the Judeo-Christian tradition, but it has been witnessed in cultures throughout the world for many millennia.” We believe this institution of marriage to be “unique and irreplaceable,” for “only does the sexual union of a man and woman bring forth children.”

::: snore ::: In other news, the sun continues to rise from the East.

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Seriously?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Catholic ChurchOur regular feature – what anti-gay folks are saying about us. Think Progress reports that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a new bulletin regarding marriage and the Supreme Court:

The Court is expected to rule on both cases by the end of June. A broad negative ruling could redefine marriage in the law throughout the entire country, becoming the “Roe v. Wade” of marriage. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined with many other organizations in urging the Supreme Court to uphold both DOMA and Proposition 8 and thereby to recognize the essential, irreplaceable contribution that husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, make to society, and especially to children.

The primary difference between this and Roe v. Wade, of course, is a public opinion is already much stronger for marriage equality than it was in favor of choice at the time of that decision. Maybe the bishops are hoping that such a comparison will encourage marriage equality opponents to wage a continuing fight against marriage equality?

One more for you this morning – to pastors with a radio show have found a new metaphor for homosexuality – the flesh eating virus. LGBTQ Nation reports:

The body itself is shot through with this disease and it is occasionally busting through in these sores called homosexuality and these sores seem to be spreading all the time,” Swanson said, “They are taking these sores and they are carving happy faces into them, they are calling this sore ‘gay’ and they are carving happy faces into them, they are making it appear to be a wonderful, wonderful thing that we have these sores breaking out.” Buehner elaborated on the analogy, calling homosexuality a “nasty flesh eating virus” that is spreading “all over the body” and lamenting that political and religious leaders who support gay rights are like “shepherds leading the sheep to death.”

Lovely. And these guys call themselves Christians?

California, USA: Catholic Bishops Want Flock to Pray for Prop 8

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Prop 8The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wants Catholics across the country to pray to God to let them continue discriminating. SDGLN reports:

Proposition 8, the 2008 California referendum defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman, “was challenged as being unconstitutional and is now under review by the U.S. Supreme Court, with a ruling expected in June,” a USCCB flyer notes. “The USCCB urges the Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8. A negative ruling could mean that marriage would be redefined nationwide.” The bishops’ conference has asked Catholics to fast and abstain from meat on all Fridays until the conclusion of the Year of Faith.

As we mentioned yesterday, 62% of rank and file Catholics in the US support marriage equality.

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Colorado, USA: Senator Pat Steadman – No Pleasing Catholic Bishops on Civil Unions

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Colorado State Senator Pat SteadmanColorado Senator Pat Steadman says there is no pleasing Catholic groups on civil unions and he is done trying.

Steadman, who is openly gay, is the Senate sponsor of a bill which seeks to recognize gay and lesbian couples with civil unions.

It is Steadman’s third attempt with the measure. In previous sessions, Republicans who controlled the House blocked the proposals from reaching the House floor. Rather than allowing a vote on the bill last year, Republicans shut down voting altogether, killing nearly two dozen unrelated measures.

Authored By Carlos Santoscoy – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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WA: Catholic Bishops Call for Parishoners to Work for Marriage Equality Bill’s Repeal

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

WA: Catholic Bishops Call for Parishoners to Work for Marriage Equality Bill's RepealTwo Catholic bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle have written a letter asking parishioners to take part in a campaign to repeal Washington state’s recently enacted marriage equality law. Calling the effort “critically important,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo argue that denying same-sex couples the rights of marriage does not constitute discrimination since gays and lesbians are inherently “different” from straight relationships:

“Treating different things differently is not unjust discrimination,” the bishops claim. “Marriage can only be between a man and a woman because of its unique ends, purpose and place in society. The word ‘marriage’ isn’t simply a label that can be attached to different types of relationships.

“Instead ‘marriage’ reflects a deep reality — the reality of the unique, fruitful, lifelong union that is only possible between a man and a woman. There is nothing else like it, and it can’t be defined or made into something that it isn’t.”

Full Story from Think Progress

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USA, WA: Catholic Bishops Admit Protect Marriage Washington is an NOM Front Group

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Protect Marriage WashingtonAs if in answer to my observation that It’s Almost As If Washington’s Bishops Own Preserve Marriage Washington, The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC), which represents the Catholic Bishops of the State of Washington on issues of public policy, has posted the following comment on their “Preserve Marriage Washington” (PMW) web page. PMW is the campaign trying to roll back Washington’s new marriage equality law.

Preserve Marriage Washington is an entity created by the National Organization for Marriage to conduct the Referendum 74 campaign. Click here to request petitions.

The statement is repeated in “Questions & Answers regarding Referendum 74 which the Bishop of Yakima, Joseph J. Tyson, linked to today in a blog post.

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UK: Blogger Rewrites Bishops’ Anti Marriage Equality Letter

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Blogger Rewrites Bishops' LetterA gay blogger in New York has rewritten the Archbishop of Westminster’s letter to Catholics, which told them they had a “duty” to oppose equal civil marriage rights for gays, the way he believes it should have been.

Joe Delmonaco, who describes himself as a “highly lapsed” Catholic, posed the improved version of the letter to his blog, Flaneur: Reflections of a Bric-A-Brac Gay Mind.

He told PinkNews.co.uk after being labelled a “bitter gay man” for a post he had written about the Archbishops’ letter, the original version of which you can read in full here, he wanted to show exactly why the Church’s position had made him angry.

Full Story from Pink News

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New Jerseys Catholic Bishops Denounce Marriage Equality Bill

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

New Jersey Catholic Church and Gay MarriageThe Archdiocese of Newark has issued a letter denouncing New Jersey’s pending marriage equality bill. It begins:

“Marriage as a union of a man and a woman has its roots in natural law. Throughout all of human history marriage has been held to be a union of man and woman. Marriage as a union of man and woman existed long before any nation, religion, or law was established.

“Marriage which unites mothers and fathers in the work of childrearing is the foundation of the family and the family is the basic unit of society. Sadly, the institution of marriage is being challenged by a society so concerned with individual freedom that some view marriage as a temporary or disposable convenience.”

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WA: Catholic Bishops Turn to Secular Arguments Against Marriage Equality

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Washington Catholic Church and Gay MarriageIn response to the filing on Friday of Washington’s civil marriage equality bill, the Washington State Catholic Conference issued a statement in opposition called “Marriage and the Common Good” (PDF).

The document is signed by the state’s four bishops (pictured below), including Archbishop of Seattle J. Peter Sartain who is also secretary-elect to the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops. With that authorship the reader might expect to find the arguments presented against marriage equality to be religious-based. That is not the case.

“Upholding the present definition of marriage does not depend on anyone’s religious beliefs,” is the key sentence in the bishops’ statement. It constitutes a capitulation to the fact that a supermajority of American Catholics support marriage equality and have already rejected religious-based arguments for discrimination against their gay and lesbian friends and family members.

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