Not a week goes go by that LGBT Catholics are not being spiritually bullied by Catholic Bishops

This week Caridnal Francis George attacked Gay Marriage from the pulpit by turning the celebration of couples who have been together for 50 years into anti-gay pep rally. During the Holy Name Cathedral mass, Cardinal George stated that the institution marriage “comes from God,” not the state or the church, CBS Chicago reports.

“There must surely be ways in our civil society, where we can honor friendships, where we can respect other people, without destroying the nature of marriage,” George continued, in a vague reference to same-sex relationships. “It is very important, for your whole lives, give witness to what marriage truly means. And while civil laws might change – if they do – then society will be the worse for it.”

Than John Myers, Newark Archbishop, Says Pro-Equality Catholics should not receive communion. It is reasonable to remind the Archbishop that a recent Pew Research Center poll found that percent of U.S. Catholics supporting legalized same-sex marriage; that number rises to 72 percent among Catholics between the ages of 18 to 34.and the 70% of Catholics who support Marriage Equality.

Than Baltimore’s archbishop William E. Lori is co-hosting an event in Baltimore Wednesday night to oppose Maryland’s new same-sex marriage law. Lori was installed as the head of the Baltimore’s archdiocese in March, the same month that Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a law allowing gay couples to wed. Opponents gathered enough signatures to trigger a referendum on the law in November.

The Minnesota Catholic Bishops as reported by Star-Tribune, in addition to asking Catholics to make contributions, bishops are encouraging them to vote yes on the amendment, according to a letter sent to priests and church administrators last week from Jason Adkins, executive director of Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota.

The Washington state’s four Catholic bishops have written pastoral statements and recorded videos opposing marriage equality, and Referendum 74, arguing that God is the author of marriage between a man and a woman with procreation as a central goal.

On October 4th Archbishop Elect Cordileone will be installed as the Archbishop of San Francisco. This man has risen through the ranks not because of his ability to serve, but rather because of his ability to spiritual bully LGBT on Prop 8.

Joe Murray, Executive Director of the Rainbow Sash Movement said sadly these men are defining the Church by their homophobia, and not their love of Christ. The other possible sad reality is some of these men may be gay.

Jack Armstrong
Rainbow Sash Movement

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