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.


  1. woodroad34d says

    “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)

  2. james says

    “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!?”

  3. jpeckjr says

    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?

  4. Brucci says

    “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.

  5. jomicur says

    “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.

  6. vote for your favorite says

    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!

  7. jamal49 says

    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!”

  8. Tom in long beach says

    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.

  9. Rob says

    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.

  10. Diogenes Arktos says

    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.

  11. Rick L. says

    “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.

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