Monday, October 29, 2012

Washington Catholics Defy Bishops, Back Marriage Equality

Catholics for Marriage Equality held a prayer vigil on Sunday outside of Seattle's Saint James Cathedral in support of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

John House, a parishoner at Our Lady of Sorrows parish in Snoqualmie, told SeattlePi:
Catholics believe Christ's primary message is one of love, and Catholic social teaching teaches us that God loves everybody.  We are standing up for centuries of Catholic social teaching.
According to John Morfield, a longtime parishoner at St. Mary's Catholic Church:

I find (bishops' claims) perplexing. Nothing about marriage equality in the state of Washington is any infringement on liberty.  This is about civil marriage and civil law.
Mr. Morfield was referring to statements made by Washington's bishops.  In a pastoral letter, Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima made the unfounded claim that "R-74 jeopardizes freedom rather than expands it:  It endangers our religious liberty and the right of conscience." Forget "defending marriage." I'd like to see him defend his statement.

Apparently, these bishops are willing to embrace National Organization for Marriage talking points without considering veracity or logic.
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