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Catholic Bishops Vow to Continue Anti-Gay Strategy on Marriage

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops acknowledged defeat in the recent election on most of their issues Monday, and promised to persevere in their battle against same-sex marriage, the AP reports:

CordileoneArchbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the newly installed leader of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, said gay marriage opponents were outspent by gay rights groups, and bishops are grappling with how they can be more persuasive. Surveys by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life have found that the number of Americans who say they have no religion is at a high of 20 percent, while the number of former Catholics is so large that ex-Catholics collectively include more people than many denominations.

"The election is a symptom of a much larger problem," Cordileone said. "Most people don't understand what marriage is."

Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic groups that advocate for gays and lesbians, including Dignity USA and New Ways Ministry, said it had hoped that the votes on gay marriage last week would "drive home the need for the bishops to take seriously the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their families." The group said Monday that it was "profoundly disappointed" that the bishops plan to continue their current approach to advocacy.

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  1. "The election is a symptom of a much larger problem," Cordileone said. "Most people don't understand what marriage is."

    Says the man who can't get married (or who is married to a male spirit)

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Nov 13, 2012 8:57:42 AM

  2. Why should we listen to a corporation that doesn't seem to understand, address and admit their misunderstanding of pedophilia?

    Posted by: Nick | Nov 13, 2012 9:03:23 AM

  3. Yes, Cardinal, ask your fellow Catholic Newt Gingrich about the sanctity of marriage. Why don't you use him as an example of your definition of marriage?

    Posted by: trees | Nov 13, 2012 9:15:09 AM

  4. Drunk driver.

    Posted by: phil | Nov 13, 2012 9:25:15 AM

  5. "The election is a symptom of a much larger problem. People aren't doing what I tell them to do. This is such a problem for an authoritarian like me. A much larger problem than I realized. What is wrong with them!?"

    Posted by: james | Nov 13, 2012 9:26:11 AM

  6. Isn't this lush in a frock they caught driving under the influence?

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Nov 13, 2012 9:27:44 AM

  7. The Catholic Bishops are free to continue their battle against samee-sex marriage.

    Marriage equality advocates are free to continue to their movement in favor of same-sex marriage.

    Is this a great country or what?

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Nov 13, 2012 9:28:00 AM

  8. "The election is a symptom of a much larger problem," Cordileone said. "Most people don't understand what marriage is."

    Well.......That explains why the hetero divorce rate is so high!

    Oh, and about Gens. Petraeus and Allen. See what happens when straights are allowed to serve openly in the military.

    Posted by: Brucci | Nov 13, 2012 9:29:04 AM

  9. Religion is going the same way as the GOP; extinction.

    Posted by: Evangenital | Nov 13, 2012 9:34:03 AM

  10. "Most people don't understand what marriage is." What?! Of all the damned swinish arrogance. There are times when I get the feeling that Holy Mother Church is actually working, and working HARD, at sending itself into oblivion. And oblivion can't happen for them soon enough.

    Posted by: jomicur | Nov 13, 2012 9:49:37 AM

  11. So "most people don't understand what marriage is" but this unmarried man and his unmarried peers do?

    Posted by: john patrick | Nov 13, 2012 9:53:37 AM

  12. Nothing demonstrates your belief in god more than getting on your knees, taking a swig of wine and putting a piece of a man in you mouth.

    Posted by: Dearccomrade | Nov 13, 2012 9:54:54 AM

  13. more evasive distractions from Archbishop Gayface.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 13, 2012 10:01:18 AM

  14. is anyone here old enough to remember the raving homophobe, and closet case fulton j sheen, who spouted his hatred on tv, in fact might have been one of the first tv preachers. this cordileone reminds me SO much of him, from what i remember.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Nov 13, 2012 10:11:44 AM

  15. There is nothing Christian or Christ-like about the Catholic Church...or most other "christian" churches for that matter.

    Posted by: | Nov 13, 2012 10:27:00 AM

  16. There is a resemblence to fulton j. sheen. He used to fondle his cross when lecturing, and then at home he fondled something else.

    It seems this week that there is a contest to see who can be the biggest a$$hole, this guy, Trump, Petraeus. And it's only Tuesday!

    Posted by: vote for your favorite | Nov 13, 2012 10:33:26 AM

  17. And we will continue our human strategy against religion and its pedophilia and drunk-driving, papist.

    Posted by: Aulton | Nov 13, 2012 10:39:17 AM

  18. "Most people don't understand what marriage is." said the middle-aged virgin.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Nov 13, 2012 10:50:50 AM

  19. My grandma watched Fulton J. Sheen every Sunday. I watched it with her. I was very young (5 or 6) but already, shall we say, self-aware? And, my even then, very young, uh, gaydar was already in full-detect mode. My young self did think "Humph! Get her!"

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 13, 2012 12:15:05 PM

  20. Wow I just wonder when the Catholic Church will admit the reality of sexual orientation? When will it admit it is better for women to use birth control than create more poverty or unwanted children. In the 1960s there was Vatican II (an update of the church), in a rational world there would have been Vatican 3, Vatican 4, maybe even Vatican 5 by now. It is sort of like someone that does not want to admit mistakes and keeps insisting that the sky is purple and the world is flat and the center of the universe. (the later two, they did). All this effort to oppose same sex marriage is that they are in the business of using shame to control people vs. using love to make the world a better place.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Nov 13, 2012 12:54:57 PM

  21. Millions upon millions of dollars spent by these corrupt bishops to inhibit the rights of 16,500,000 plus gay people in this country. Hmmmmm. Upon orders of their Nazi Pope. Where would this money be better spent. Oh, and he doesn't understand why so many people have left his institution? Go figure.

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 13, 2012 12:59:42 PM

  22. this from a drag queen in a dress a pointed hat and prada velvet slippers and a fur trimmed cape. how do you take him seriously

    Posted by: walter | Nov 13, 2012 3:44:16 PM

  23. I'm pretty sure that "a drag queen in a dress" is an oxymoron.

    Posted by: scotsyank | Nov 13, 2012 6:24:14 PM

  24. They really should spend time on the fact that there are so many ex-Catholics and what current Catholics care about. (see link below for a solid survey) Sadly, the Roman Catholic church is exclusively top-down. Any priest or bishop who dares step out of line, such as expresing the will of the people, is sent to Siberia. They should also face facts on many issues and admit that they made mistakes. Hell will freeze over first.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 13, 2012 11:24:15 PM

  25. "The election is a symptom of a much larger problem," Cordileone said. "Most people don't understand what marriage is."
    Ooh. The celebate guy in the dress is going to tell us what marriage is.

    Posted by: Rick L. | Nov 14, 2012 11:51:18 AM

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