Indiana Bishops Statement on Gay Marriage

Press Release

For Immediate Release

The Rainbow Sash Movement applauds the statement of the Indiana Catholic Bishops regarding Gay Marriage. While we disagree with their statement we found the tone to be on a pastoral level. It is very much in line with Pope Francis.

Indiana’s Catholic bishops issued a statement Thursday on the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage — but they stopped short of taking a position on the hot-button topic.

The statement, signed by Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin and Indiana’s five bishops, emphasizes the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, but also the dignity of all people.

“The Church upholds the dignity of every human person, including persons with same-sex attraction, who ‘must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,’” the statement says. “At the same time, the Church upholds the dignity and sanctity of marriage, a natural institution established by God. By its very nature, marriage is a permanent partnership between one man and one woman ordered to the good of the couple and the procreation and education of children.”

“People have the right to make their own decisions on these issues, but it needs to be done with an informed conscience,” said Greg Otolski, a spokesman for the Indianapolis Archdiocese.

Glenn Tebbe, executive director of the Indiana Catholic Conference, the official public policy voice of the church in Indiana, discouraged efforts to read anything extra into the bishops’ statement.

“Trying to read it one way or another is a political question, which is not what they’re trying to deal with,” said Glenn Tebbe, executive director of the Indiana Catholic Conference, the official public policy voice of the church in Indiana. “At this point they are not taking an explicit position on this.”

“Such a statement shows an attempt to state the Church’s Teaching position without attacking anyone. It is an example of how to teach without bullying” said Joe Murray the Executive Director of the Rainbow Sash Movement

Contact Person:

Bill O’Connor
Rainbow Sash Movement

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