Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Marriage: Bigotry and Fear in the Catholic Plan

     Big surprise, the US Catholic Conference of Bishops approved their document on marriage: "Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan."

     As reported by the Baltimore Sun:

     "We have the need to defend marriage within our culture," said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, a member of the committee that wrote the document. "This pastoral letter will also serve as a foundational document as we seek a direction and a strategy to defend marriage over these coming years."
     In other words, Archbishop Kurtz is saying that the war has just begun and the church is going to keep funding initiatives to take away the civil rights of US citizens.  And why is the Catholic church still tax exempt?

     Archbishop of Baltimore, Edwin F. O'Brien stated:
     "The document is meant to strengthen Christian marriage, to prepare people who are going to be married before they enter that bond to appreciate what the commitment is, and also to open a discussion in our culture as to what the differences are today and to try to reach some common ground."
      [The document] "reflects pretty accurately what most of Western culture has believed for several millennia."
     Let me get this straight (pun intended).  If in one breath you claim the document is about strengthening Christian marriage and in the next you say that this Christian version of marriage accurately reflects what most of Western culture believes, then where does that leave the non-Christians of the world?  Does that mean they'll be going after Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and atheist marriages next?  But wait, they have, as that is exactly what CA Proposition 8 and Maine Question 1 did.  Once again, the bishops have no understanding of the separation of church and state in this country.

     The document also states that same sex marriages hurt society.

     But, discrimination and bigoted rhetoric against minorities is okey-dokey?

     This is all such beautiful rhetoric coming from a group of supposedly celibate men, who hold their ontological and celibate beings of greater spiritual value than that of the married laity.  I wonder if O'Brien would like the names of the all the priests in his archdiocese that I know have had gay sex.

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