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US Catholic Bishops Declare War On Gay Marriage Despite US Catholic Views

by David Badash on November 14, 2011

in Civil Rights,Marriage,News,Religion

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) — the official group that represents the Catholic Church in America — is in the middle of a two-day annual meeting and has decided to declare war on gay marriage, at the expense of all else. Despite a recent poll titled, “Catholics in America,” that found American Catholics see opposition to same-sex marriage equality as low on their list of what the Church should be focusing on, the USCCB has spent a good portion of the day on its anti-gay agenda, which included the introduction of a new anti-gay website, “Marriage: Unique For A Reason.”

The new site says, “it is hoped that Marriage: Unique for a Reason can be of assistance to all people of good will who seek to understand the truth and beauty of marriage.” We agree. Marriage is unique, and beautiful, and should therefore not be declined to same-sex couples.

Marriage: Unique For A Reason also asks,

“What is marriage? Are a man and a woman really essential to marriage? What about the child … and the role of mothers and fathers? Is it discriminatory to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman? What impact does the redefinition of marriage have on religious liberty?”

Of course, you can imagine the answers.

It should be noted that there is a difference between civil marriage equality, for which we are fighting, and religious marriage, which every marriage equality bill and law respects and protects. Yet, Archbishop Dolan and his USCCB ignore that basic distinction and consistently equate and conflate the two.

The National Catholic Reporter, which sponsors the above-mentioned poll, Catholics in America, and performs it every six years, found that opposition to same-sex marriage is important to only 35% of American Catholics, yet a great portion of today’s USCCB meeting was focused on just that. 67% of American Catholic believe helping the poor to be second in importance, yet little if any time today was devoted to that topic or task.

In fact, in his opening remarks, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the USCCB, railed against those who dare to challenge the Church or his leadership.

Zack Ford at Think Progress last month noted, “Given that the Catholic League regularly blames homosexuality for the child abuse committed by Church leaders, it makes sense that Catholics are similarly distrusting of them on LGBT and other social issues. These results suggest that the Catholic Church’s political clout comes not from the authority of its vast membership, but perhaps merely from the large sums of money it wields in their campaigns.”

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Robroberts2009 November 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Catholics make me laugh. Many in their ranks are serial pedophiles, yet they attack adult, commited loving same sex relationships?

And now the Catholic pedophilia imvestigator has been found to have over 4000 pedophilic, pornographic pictures in his possession?

And the other day, the Pope gave a speech against materialism — from the Vatican. Have you ever been there? It is one of the most shamelessly ostentatious bastions of materialism on the planet.

It seems there is a growing disconnect between the Catholic rank and file, and the Catholic leadership. Hopefully Catholics will revolt en masse and embrace a more sane religion — or better yet, abandon their mythical sky fairies for no religion at all. Looking at life through the lens of reality may be terrifying to many, but in the end it is very liberating.

GaelicWench April 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

"And the other day, the Pope gave a speech against materialism — from the Vatican. Have you ever been there? It is one of the most shamelessly ostentatious bastions of materialism on the planet."

The vatican was also responsible for hiding and protecting the many Jewish possessions/valuables that were stolen by the Nazis pre- and during WWII. What became of all those valuables, I don't recall hearing or reading about.

The Catholics are so busy pointing the finger at others of wrong doings, yet they forget that there are three other fingers pointing back to themselves. Right, Mr. Santorum, oh lover of the Catholic church…..<snark>

Inis_Magrath November 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

Marriage: Unique For A Reason asks, "Is it discriminatory to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman?" Maybe it is not discriminatory, but the Bishops are asking the wrong question.

The correct question would ask, "Is it discriminatory to deprive people of their fundamental civil right to marriage based solely on their gender?"

Yes. It is discriminatory. It is also unconstitutional. It is also un-American.

As an American citizen, I have a fundamental civil right to marry. I also have a fundamental civil right to NOT have my country's laws be dictated by the Pope in Rome.

cjonesnj April 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

Don't despair – the tide is turning, and strongly, even more since this article was written. I am a lay employee in the Catholic Church. The polls are accurate, and the majority of Roman Catholics (especially in my area of the northeast) are very open minded, very compassionate and progressive. The opinion from many is that they are very faithful and love their church, but are not caught up in the bluster with the current hierarchy. The writing is on the wall, and the aging celibate bureaucracy is downright afraid. But God's will is at work, and the church of 2050 will look much different than it does now. I'm just sad that so many people have to be deprived of the help and comfort that they need right now.

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