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Indiana Catholic Bishops Issue Statement on Gay Marriage Ban, Refuse to Take Position

Indiana's Catholic bishops issued a statement regarding the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage pending in the state legislature, the Indy Star reports:

TobinThe statement, signed by Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin (pictured) and Indiana's five bishops, emphasizes the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, but also the dignity of all people.

“The Church upholds the dignity of every human person, including persons with same-sex attraction, who ‘must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,’” the statement says. “At the same time, the Church upholds the dignity and sanctity of marriage, a natural institution established by God. By its very nature, marriage is a permanent partnership between one man and one woman ordered to the good of the couple and the procreation and education of children.”

Church officials said the statement isn’t intended to stake out a political position, but to inform people about Catholic teachings as they weigh the issue. Indiana is home to 747,706 Roman Catholics.

Here is the full statement:

The dignity of the human person, rooted in his or her creation in the image and likeness of God, is a fundamental principle of Catholic social teaching. The Church upholds the dignity of every human person, including persons with same-sex attraction, who “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2358).

At the same time, the Church upholds the dignity and sanctity of marriage, a natural institution established by God. By its very nature, marriage is a permanent partnership between one man and one woman ordered to the good of the couple and the procreation and education of children. It is the foundation of the family, where children are raised and nurtured, and learn values and virtues that help them to grow in maturity.

It is not within the power of either the Church or the State to redefine marriage since God is its author. Male-female complementarity is essential to marriage. Marriage is a “unique” communion of persons with the potential to bring forth human life.

With deep respect for all our brothers and sisters, we affirm the institution of marriage as the intimate communion of life and love between one man and one woman. Marriage is an intimate sharing of conjugal life and love. It involves the total gift of self in a partnership for the whole of life. Only by means of the complementarity between a man and a woman can this total gift of self be fully given and received.

We respect the equal dignity of all persons while upholding the uniqueness of the covenant of marriage as established by our Creator. The well-being of children, of the family, and of society is closely bound to the healthy state of marriage and respect for its true nature and purposes.

We urge the people of Indiana to respect and defend the dignity and equality of all persons as well as the truth about marriage, according to God’s plan and laws, with charity toward all.

Our question would be: is equality not part of human dignity?

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  1. The catholic church, a private institution with its own set of laws and its own dogma, has the right to define marriage in the way it has done so....but the same laws which defines marriage in the Catholic church, are distinct and separate from the laws and 1331 benefits accorded to married couples by the US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. In other words, there is a fundamental difference between marriage in and by the Catholic Church, and marriage by the FEDERAL or state government. The two are complete separate institutions, one is under god, another under the laws of the federal government. Neither the church, nor anyone else should muddle the two together.

    So, if a priest chooses to marry a gay couple, he has the right to do so, as an agent of the federal and state government.

    But remember the church and state are separate...

    Posted by: Tom | Dec 13, 2013 11:41:41 AM


  2. The catholic church, a private institution with its own set of laws and its own dogma, has the right to define marriage in the way it has done so....but the same laws which defines marriage in the Catholic church, are distinct and separate from the laws and 1331 benefits accorded to married couples by the US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. In other words, there is a fundamental difference between marriage in and by the Catholic Church, and marriage by the FEDERAL or state government. The two are complete separate institutions, one is under god, another under the laws of the federal government. Neither the church, nor anyone else should muddle the two together.

    So, if a priest chooses to marry a gay couple, he has the right to do so, as an agent of the federal and state government.

    But remember the church and state are separate...

    Posted by: Tom | Dec 13, 2013 11:41:54 AM


  3. Here are a few ways you can respect my dignity and humanity: Respect my ability to choose my own spouse, even if you don't agree with that choice; Respect and support my family (and ALL families) even if its composition isn't what you consider ideal; respect my right to hold and maintain a job and a house of my choice despite the fact that you disagree with whom I share my house and my paycheck.

    Is that too much to ask?

    Posted by: footwork61 | Dec 13, 2013 12:03:01 PM


  4. CIVIL marriage - which is what all these laws and amendments affect - is not an "institution established by God". It's a contract instituted solely by humans.

    Posted by: Maury Scott | Dec 13, 2013 12:03:34 PM


  5. Here are a few ways that you can show respect for my dignity and humanity: Respect my ability to choose a spouse for myself, even if you disagree with my choice; Respect and support my family even if its composition isn't what you consider ideal; respect my ability to hold and maintain a decent job and home, despite your disagreement with whom I share my home and paycheck.

    Is that too much to ask?

    Posted by: footwork61 | Dec 13, 2013 12:07:21 PM


  6. It's hysterical that they keep trying to wipe out the reality of "gay" by repeating the ridiculous "same-sex attraction" mantra. Yeah, that'll make all the gays disappear!

    All religion is evil. The Catholic Crime Cartel -- whose areas of expertise has included multiple centuries of organized global child rape -- are evil clowns.

    Who in their right mind cares what these thieving child rapists think about anything?

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Dec 13, 2013 12:19:19 PM


  7. It's hysterical that they keep trying to wipe out the reality of "gay" by repeating the ridiculous "same-sex attraction" mantra. Yeah, that'll make all the gays disappear!

    All religion is evil. The Catholic Crime Cartel -- whose areas of expertise has included multiple centuries of organized global child rape -- are evil clowns.

    Who in their right mind cares what these thieving child rapists think about anything?

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Dec 13, 2013 12:19:23 PM


  8. "Indiana Catholic Bishops Issue Statement on Gay Marriage Ban, Refuse to Take Position"

    Based on his face, his position would be biting a pillow, arched back, with butt in the air.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Dec 13, 2013 12:25:44 PM


  9. "Indiana Catholic Bishops Issue Statement on Gay Marriage Ban, Refuse to Take Position"

    Based on his face, his position would be biting a pillow, arched back, with butt in the air.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Dec 13, 2013 12:25:48 PM


  10. "Indiana Catholic Bishops Issue Statement on Gay Marriage Ban, Refuse to Take Position"

    Based on his face, his position would be biting a pillow, arched back, with butt in the air.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Dec 13, 2013 12:25:57 PM


  11. “...At the same time, the Church upholds the dignity and sanctity of marriage, a natural institution established by God..."

    Get back to me, priest, when Crucifix-wearing chickens throw a wedding.

    Otherwise, "...Moronsayswhat?"

    Posted by: q | Dec 13, 2013 12:26:22 PM


  12. So, Mister Tobin, how do you feel about divorce? Don't just stand there fondling your crucifix, answer me. How about multiple marriages, you know, serial polygamy? Annulments, at a price.
    C'mon, stop with the cross fondling and answer me. You have all the answers, right? Private line directly to god, right? Maybe He's on another line.

    Posted by: james st. james | Dec 13, 2013 12:48:12 PM


  13. Why does anybody think these people have anything of value to say about human relationships?

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 13, 2013 1:26:11 PM


  14. I'm tired of men who wear robes and talk about mythologies influencing public policy and the law.

    Posted by: Mam | Dec 13, 2013 1:47:26 PM


  15. These same priests centuries ago condemned women as foul vessels and supported the idea that women were less than. Now, marriage is only ok, but between two EQUAL men and women in lovey dovey.

    Oh F*uck him.

    Posted by: Mam | Dec 13, 2013 1:48:55 PM


  16. @MAM - News flash - the Catholic Church still believes women are less than.

    Posted by: jeanne | Dec 13, 2013 2:17:35 PM


  17. I suggest that instead of reading these pastoral letters to parishioners at mass they kick it up a notch and show the film 'Philomena.'

    Posted by: Akrontru | Dec 13, 2013 2:42:55 PM


  18. The headline here is misleading. The bishops have taken a very definite position, and it isn't one that favors equality.

    Posted by: Clayton | Dec 13, 2013 3:07:09 PM


  19. Wello, Bish....got news fer ya......just try administering yer God's sacrament of marriage without a license granted from the state and see how fast yer ass gets in a sling!

    Posted by: wayne | Dec 13, 2013 4:05:03 PM


  20. "It is not within the power of either the Church or the State"
    The Church part is correct. But the State has the full power without asking the permission of any God, be it Catholic God or Muslim God.
    He must be talking about the Holy Roman Empire.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 13, 2013 4:30:06 PM


  21. sorry bishop you have only the right to tell catholics how and what to believe and as far as anyone else myob . you should worry more about priest who rape children or watch kiddie porn on their computers than what a loving couple do.

    Posted by: walter | Dec 13, 2013 6:22:05 PM


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