Friday, October 9, 2015

Archbishop Cordileone finds a "new" champion as NOM's newest old "competitor" emerges

From the front page of the Marriage Reality Movement website. The woman on the right is a volunteer
According to Catholic media, “[a] new group called the Marriage Reality Movement aims to help Catholics and others renew the vision of marriage in society.” They go on to explain that the new group was launched in Philadelphia on September 30 with a keynote speech by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, the chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

Bullshit. There is nothing new here. This is really William May's Catholics for the Common Good Institute. The domain, takebackarriage.org, was created in November, 2014 and last January it was using the same name that was new ten days ago:


January 17, 2015 snapshot from archive.org - click to enlarge
What was really launched was a new website with new stock photos and old orthodox ideology:
Confusion has led to court decisions and statutory changes that make it an act of discrimination to promote the unique value of men and women marrying before having children.
And:
Now that marriage has been redefined in law and in the minds of the majority as merely an adult centered institution, we must ask: “Do we need a civil institution that unites kids with their moms and dads?” That would restore marriage between a man and a woman to the law, even if by another name.
William B. May can be quite pernicious.  He is a prolific Defender of the Faith and widely read. In August, 2015 (notably after the ruling in Obergefell) Mr. May was trying to delegitimize the Supreme Court's decision by arguing that AP's polls were all wrong (in the conservative National Catholic Register). Mr. May never directly says that gays destroyed marriage but the implications are quite clear:
Sure, men and women can still marry, but fewer and fewer young people are marrying, partly because marriage has now seen as an adult centered institution separated from children as sociologists tell us. This has led to increased children in poverty and the consequences of increased fatherlessness, including increased delinquency and school dropout rates, higher incarceration rates as adults, and greater likelihood of living in poverty as adults.

May's operation shares NOM's problem — No money.


According to the most recent filing with the internal revenue service, for the year ended June 30, 2014, Catholics for the Common Good Institute had revenues of just $112 thousand — about average for the last five years. Its expenses exceeded revenues by $13 thousand. The organization had negative net asset value and was sitting on just $6 thousand in cash.

William B. May is a polemicist, theorist and tactician but he has not demonstrated the ability to raise any real money. His operation created a pretty website but, at this point, it seems likely that its appeal is limited to people who already agree with May's ultra-conservative Catholic views. Rather than competing with National Organization for Marriage they share a constituency.

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