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.


  1. Brian says

    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.

  2. UFFDA says

    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.

  3. LOL says

    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.

  4. Wavin' Dave says

    …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!

  5. J. Leo says

    “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.

  6. J. Leo says

    “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.

  7. Jay says

    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.

  8. Michael says

    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?

  9. Pete N SFO says

    “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.

  10. Mike says

    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.

  11. Randal Oulton says

    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.

  12. Dan Cobb says

    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.

  13. Fahd says

    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.

  14. wayne says

    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…..

  15. anon says

    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.

  16. john patrick says

    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.

  17. mike/ says

    “”The meaning of marriage cannot be redefined, because its meaning lies in our very nature.”

    hey, Bozos! how many times can you count how marriage has been changed over the millennia? even in your own church!

    how about all of the ‘concubine’ in your magic book alone?

    “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?” — Henry II

  18. Burt says

    These people continue to perpetuate the lie that marriage is a sacred act. In fact it’s a civil contract, that for convenience (and on-stop shopping) may be signed sealed and delivered within the four walls of a church. However it’s the civil authorities who allow this to happen–not the other way around.

    Used to be the case that Catholics were admonished not to set foot in non-Catholic churches, too..

    Yup! two steps closer to irrelevance.

    I bet they feel like the old Jewish man who prays for peace daily at the wailing wall. “I feel like I’m talking to a stone wall!”

  19. Francis #1 says

    Of course these guys are immature and hateful, and it’s sinister to literally force people to choose between a role/participation within the Catholic church/faith, and affirming LGBT citizens and same-sex marriages. They’re on a warpath against our community and our friends. If you aren’t anti-gay, you’re out.

    The majority of Catholics in the US are pro-equality. These statements aren’t doing anything but driving people from the faith and creating fractures. Oh well.

  20. Jumper says

    What really pisses me off is the hypocrisy. I can GUARANTEE they are not refusing Communion to the Scottish Cardinal who had to resign for practically raping fellow priests. Interesting how they just let that asshat off the hook….

  21. Joseph says

    A bunch of old bigoted and clearly unfeeling guys want their members to skip out on gay weddings which may be weddings of their loved ones, family members, friends, relatives and others because they feel like they have some “authority” to tell them that?

    I can tell you now God nor Jesus have given them authority to boss their members around and dictate them into obedience by threatening with eternal hell for supporting love which is of God. What a contradiction.

  22. simon says

    These are just desperate words from a failed institution. They uttered the same BS in France but had no effect. The ruling party in France actually hit back at the Church by saying :”it was not the Church’s role to oppose the will of the legislature, especially concerning civil marriage in a secular republic.” Hope politicians in the US have the same courage to speak out like this.

  23. Krajci says

    I’m glad that the church isn’t backing down from its stance, or allowing itself to be browbeat into conforming to the gay community. And all this talk about people moving away from the church is wishful thinking. 1.2 BILLION people in the world identify as Catholic. If religion (and the power it wields) ever dies, it won’t be in our lifetime.

  24. UFFDA says

    And it won’t be in your lifetime Krajci that the Catholic church will ever regain the status it held yesterday. Every day it sinks further from the margins of human enlightenment.

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