With a Public Religion Research Institute poll indicating that 59% of Catholics nationwide support so-called “homosexual marriage” (52% of the general public supports the
notion), it shouldn’t prove surprising that the State of Washington’s Democrat-controlled legislature voted to legalize homosexual marriage earlier this year and the state’s Democrat-Catholic Governor, Christine Gregoire, quickly signed the measure into law.
Politically, it’s a “no brainer”! After all, even the majority of Catholics apparently support the notion.
However, opponents organized to submit a petition to bring the law to voters in November, thus blocking the law’s implementation until after the referendum takes place.
According to the Associated Press, a group of 63 former Catholic priests whose members back homosexual marriage in the State of Washington responded with a political jujutzu. The group challenged the state’s Catholic bishops who had lobbied against the law’s implementation, contending that the bishops’ efforts to defeat the law represented a threat to religious liberty. The former Catholic priests wrote in a statement:
We feel the bishops are abusing their power in attempting to direct Catholics on how to vote on this civil matter and impose their position on all citizens, Catholic and non-Catholic. (italics added)
The petition’s organization, Patrick Callahan, who was a Catholic priest for 15 years and continues to attend Catholic church, told Reuters:
Progressive-thinking Catholics need the reassurance that there is more than one authentic Catholic position. (italics added)
“Need the reassurance” that there’s more than one authentic Catholic position?
Did anyone teach these ex-priests logic when they were seminarians?
How can there be more than one authentic Catholic position?
Of course it’s not possible.
This isn’t about reassurance. It’s not about being logical. And it’s really not about Church teaching.
It’s all about how those 63 former Catholic priests “feel.” And that’s what they believe the foundation of Catholic teaching should rest upon.
Feeling not the Rock.
To read the Associated Press report: