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Archbishops Call Gay Marriage a 'Serious Injustice', Warn Catholics Against Attending Same-Sex Weddings

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, published a response on Friday to Rhode Island's passage of marriage equality last week calling it "a serious injustice" and claiming that laws meaning nothing when it comes down to the union's meaning:

Cordileone"The meaning of marriage cannot be redefined, because its meaning lies in our very nature. Therefore, regardless of what law is enacted, marriage remains the union of one man and one woman – by the very design of nature, it cannot be otherwise. Marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to any child conceived of their union. While those making great sacrifices to raise their children in less than ideal circumstances need and deserve our love and support, we cannot claim to have a just society if we do not look out for the most vulnerable among us: children. That means preserving in the law the principle that every child deserves a mother and father united in marriage. That means supporting in our institutions and in our culture the true and unique meaning of marriage."

TobinThe letter follows one from Rhode Island Archbishop Thomas Tobin, who told Catholics to think twice before attending same-sex weddings:

Our respect and pastoral care, however, does not mean that we are free to endorse or ignore immoral or destructive behavior, whenever or however it occurs. Indeed, as St. Paul urges us, we are required to “speak the truth in love.” (Eph 4:15)

At this moment of cultural change, it is important to affirm the teaching of the Church, based on God’s word, that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2357) and always sinful. And because “same-sex marriages” are clearly contrary to God’s plan for the human family, and therefore objectively sinful, Catholics should examine their consciences very carefully before deciding whether or not to endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies, realizing that to do so might harm their relationship with God and cause significant scandal to others.

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  1. Hahaha! Their slip into irrelevancy quickens with every moronic utterance.

    Posted by: Jeff | May 6, 2013 7:51:17 AM

  2. If you ignore them, they cease to exist.

    Posted by: johnny | May 6, 2013 7:55:31 AM

  3. ... and then Tobin and Cordileone jetted off to Rome for an evening of revelry at the vatican bathouse.

    Posted by: woody | May 6, 2013 7:57:12 AM

  4. I really like the last line of the RI bishop's letter, if you endorse same-sex marriage you "might cause significant scandal to others". I have to believe that in light of all the legitimately scandalous behaviour that goes on (the church most definitely included) someone supporting gay marriage would have to rank really, really low on the scandalous scale.

    Posted by: Brian | May 6, 2013 8:04:17 AM

  5. ... and then the judge told archbishop cordileone that drunk driving is a serious injustice.

    Posted by: woody | May 6, 2013 8:04:30 AM

  6. It's like they've wandered into a tar pit getting ever more mired in their own absurdity and irrelevance.

    How remarkable it is that for so many thinking people Catholicism is becoming insupportable because of its resistance to homosexuality while being universally embroiled in scandalous cases of gay pedophilia throughout the world. These guys need to get a real job.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 6, 2013 8:05:36 AM

  7. Laws mean nothing? They mean something here, pally. We Americans take our laws seriously.

    Posted by: John Conolley | May 6, 2013 8:08:15 AM

  8. The giant religious corporation that facilitated the rape of millions of children by its predatory priests, and threatened the victims with eternal damnation if they didn't repeatedly and graciously submit to being raped, now claims to care about "the children." How absurd.

    Posted by: LOL | May 6, 2013 8:13:05 AM

  9. I don't know of many, if any, Catholics who listen to these clowns. Thank God!

    Posted by: michael vocino | May 6, 2013 8:18:32 AM

  10. Oh, and BTW, my radar flashes incessantly whenever I see a photo of Cordileone! Does that happen to anyone else?

    Posted by: michael vocino | May 6, 2013 8:21:04 AM

  11. ...because whenever my thoughts turn toward marriage, I automatically seek advisement from guys who have sworn it off for themselves. It's like seeking Bloody Mary recipes at an AA meeting!

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | May 6, 2013 8:35:55 AM

  12. "The meaning of marriage cannot be redefined, because its meaning lies in our very nature. Therefore, regardless of what law is enacted, marriage remains the union of one man and one woman..."

    We refuse to recognize it therefor it does not exist. Nyah nyah. How 'grown up' of the church.

    Posted by: J. Leo | May 6, 2013 8:55:18 AM

  13. "The meaning of marriage cannot be redefined, because its meaning lies in our very nature. Therefore, regardless of what law is enacted, marriage remains the union of one man and one woman..."

    We refuse to recognize it therefor it does not exist. Nyah nyah. How 'grown up' of the church.

    Posted by: J. Leo | May 6, 2013 8:55:18 AM

  14. Bozos, if marriage cannot be redefined, why the hell are you spending millions of dollars saying that we are redefining marriage? And if you are so concerned about children, why are you hellbent on harming the children of same-sex parents by robbing them of the protection that marriage would provide? No wonder these bishops are increasing irrelevant.

    Posted by: Jay | May 6, 2013 9:11:11 AM

  15. As a Roman Catholic Deacon, I suggest the Catholics think twice before attending any services that these bishops may be leading. They certainly think they have the right to the "first stone." Who died and left them God?

    Posted by: Michael | May 6, 2013 9:24:25 AM

  16. "Indeed, as St. Paul urges us, we are required to “speak the truth in love.” (Eph 4:15)"

    Indeed! Where was that truth-seeking when needed to protect abuses from your fellow clergy?! And, I suppose the Katholic Khurch Kulture now REQUIRES proof of fertility? Doubtful since any divorcee can remarry after an annulment if they write a large enough check.

    These people are despicable.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | May 6, 2013 9:27:47 AM

  17. Have these bishops ever taken such a brave and courageous stance when it comes to attending heterosexual marriages where one or both parties have been divorced? Did any of them have trepidations about confirming Newt Gingrich, someone who has had multiple marriages, as Catholic.

    Jesus had much more to say about heterosexual marriage and divorce than gay behavior.

    Posted by: Mike | May 6, 2013 9:42:17 AM

  18. More drivel from men who claim a life of celibacy. Talk about an unnatural act!

    Papist Swine.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | May 6, 2013 9:58:28 AM

  19. In Canada, Catholic Residential Schools were amongst those that practised genocide on aboriginal children, and also subjected them to sexual abuse, and torture.

    They have no standing on the issue of children anymore.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | May 6, 2013 9:58:37 AM

  20. The Bibl says more about divorce than it says about gays.

    Let's hear them protesting so loudly against divorce.

    Posted by: dc20008 | May 6, 2013 9:58:45 AM

  21. I know a woman who is now in her 80s. This woman was a devout Catholic and would always follow the recommendations of her church. Her first child, a daughter was married in the church to a really abusive man. The daughter had enough courage to leave and divorce --a big NO NO in the Catholic church --apparently it's better to be battered than divorced!

    Well, several years later she met an amazing guy. A genuine prince. They got married and the mother, acting on advice from her parish priest, refused to go to this sinful wedding. Over the following couple of years, the mother was so enthusiastic about the son-in-law! He died only five years later, with a two-year-old, and the mother has regretted to this day the fact that she didn't attend that wedding.
    Such is the advice from religious ideologues who know nothing of family life.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | May 6, 2013 9:59:20 AM

  22. The Roman Catholic Clergy is "intrinsically disordered". They come off like a bunch of petty whiners who are digging deep because they are not getting their way.

    Same sex marriage is legal in ten States and in various countries around the world and the sky still has not fallen.

    Posted by: Fahd | May 6, 2013 10:35:51 AM

  23. Abraham,Jacob, Moses,Gideon and Kings David and Solomon (all God's favorites) had multiple wives, some less than 12 years old.......until the Catholics "redefined marriage" to monogamy. Following their lead, marriage has been "redefined" numerous times, including (GASP!) mixed race marriage, against which the Catholics and Southern Baptists fought so bravely. But, once again, it is "against nature" to redefine marriage. Same old, same old.....

    Posted by: wayne | May 6, 2013 10:44:25 AM

  24. I think most people attend weddings out of a sense of obligation, not political showmanship. I doubt the archbishop will declaim on the propriety of non-Catholic weddings in general, since they are not consecrated by Catholic priests and therefore illegitimate in the eyes of the church. Weddings or marriages are one of the seven sacraments, and must be presided over by a ordained priest. Not to mention that you need to be baptized in the faith and confirmed in the faith before you can get married as well.

    Posted by: anon | May 6, 2013 11:02:46 AM

  25. A couple more unmarried, closeted RC archbishops trying to cover their homosexuality with their over the top antigay words. They can rant and rave, but their audience is leaving the building.

    Posted by: john patrick | May 6, 2013 11:12:43 AM

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