Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Minnesota Bishops and DVDs against equality

In Minnesota, there's a possible constitutional amendment coming up banning marriage between same sex partners. The Catholic bishops are sending DVDs to their flock to endorse the amendment, which would also prevent civil unions.

One creative response is from an artist Lucinda Naylor who wants to take the DVDs and make an art piece. She lost her job over it (she worked for The Church) but her motivation is pretty compelling.
She said her anger with the church's actions on gay marriage dates to the spring when three friends with gay children protested Nienstedt's interpretation of the Catholic position on homosexuality.

She said the archbishop wrote back to all three, telling them that those who could not agree with "the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality ... ought not participate in the sacramental life of the church." The archbishop added that the mothers' "eternal salvation" could depend on their adopting the church's position on homosexuality.
So Mothers, reject your children. It's the Catholic way. The mind boggles.

Fortunately, as often the case in RC politics, the priests and the people have more sense. Many Catholics oppose the Bishops' assault on GLBT families. (Remember that Catholic laiety are one of the strongest supporters of marriage equality in this county: 60% of Catholics find gay relationships morally acceptable. In California, for example Hispanic Catholics are much more supportive of marriage equality than Hispanic protestants.) And a Catholic priest wrote this letter to the paper (I expect he'll be stepping down soon....)
In every serious study, poverty is the top reason for marital breakdowns. It is very hard to make the case that a small percentage of the population who bond with members of their own sex and seek to live in a committed relationship could have anything but a positive effect on the general population's appreciation of stable, faithful, life-giving unions.

The very thoughtful letters to the editor about this subject reflect the fact that Catholics have very diverse opinions about this issue. The bishops themselves are not united on how to approach this new reality of gays and lesbians claiming a right to have their own families publicly recognized with corresponding rights and responsibilities....

The constitutional amendment being promoted by the archbishop does not allow even for civil unions, and it would limit current rights enjoyed by our gay and lesbian citizens. We as Catholics can have our own beliefs about marriage. But we must recognize that people of other faiths and of no faith have conscientious beliefs as well.

Most scandalous is that Archbishop Nienstedt has compromised his office with the use of anonymous money to fund this effort. The constitutional amendment is a very political issue. The impression is given that political funding is at work here.
More on this brave priest here.

The Roman Catholic church is entitled to opposed marriage between gays and lesbians on doctrinal reasons, of course. But don't forget the blatant hypocrisy of a church that does not try to prevent civil divorce or remarriage between the divorced (also doctrinally forbidden). This hypocrisy proves that it is personal, not doctrinal. Telling a mother to abandon her gay child for salvation is more of the same. The bishops of the hierarchy hate gay people and it is vicious.

For more about the scandalous attacks by the ROman Catholic hierarchy on my civil rights, NOMexposed

H/T JCF, Madpriest, and slksfca


JCF said...

In California, for example Hispanic Catholics are much more supportive of marriage equality than Hispanic protestants.)

Unfortunately, most Hispanic Protestants are Fundy Pentecostals (Lesson: SUPPORT the Hispanic Ministry in an Episcopal Church near you! There's no reason why many of those pro-LGBT Hispanic Catholics can't be Hispanic Episcopalians---w/ all the other pro-LGBT RCs, that is. ;-/)

NancyP said...

Hispanics, like other demographic groups, are switching over to "Prosperity Gospel" churches (Eddie Long, T.D. Jakes, Rod Parsley, Benny Hinn, John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, and a host of other preachers and televangelists).

JCF said...

Episcopal Cafe has a new link to this story (two of the young women who were rejected at the altar, are almost PAINFULLY Kewt! ;-D)