Horror hits central Massachusetts.
The new leader of the Catholic Diocese of Worcester stunned gay rights supporters by writing in a church newsletter that Catholics, especially public officials, pushing to legalize same-sex marriage are "in cooperation with evil."
"Oh my God. Wow," gasped Marianne Duddy-Burke of Boston Dignity, a group of gay Catholics. "It's an appalling statement on so many levels. It disregards a civil servant's duty to the entire community."
OK, we all know that Leila's Law will kick in and Bishop McManus will issue an escalating series of assurances that the "evil" he referred to has no connection with the lives of gays and lesbians but was a reference to legal protocols established by the Treaty of Westphalia, etc. Still, the momentary illusion of conflict is the kind of fire you can warm your hands at for the fifteen minutes of its life.
[A point of etiquette. One notes that the former Miss Marianne Duddy has, since May 17th, styled herself Ms. Marianne Duddy-Burke. Should they need to refer to her by name in responding to her accusations, will the bishops and their spokesmen continue to use the older form so as not to concede the validity of her pseudo-marriage? Or will they do a Boston College and take it lying down?]
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Posted by: -
May. 26, 2004 4:55 PM ET USA
Who would object to the bishop speaking out, Minidoc? Why, those guilty of the sin in question who have no desire to change. Gay Pride indeed. As for the duty of civil servants, I'm sure there were many under Hitler who filled out paperwork on the undesirables and drove the trains to the camps without another thought. All in a day's service to the community.
Posted by: John J Plick -
May. 25, 2004 7:30 PM ET USA
And just what is a "gay" Catholic???...and the schism continues...
Posted by: Fatimabeliever -
May. 25, 2004 5:30 PM ET USA
We have all been given the right to chose good or evil. The Bishop is extremely right in reporting this is evil. If you don't agree, wait til you try to convince the Creator about what you are doing when He, Almighty God, has already called this an abomination! And why should a Bishop or any of us let you degrade our Country.
Posted by: -
May. 25, 2004 3:08 PM ET USA
The same thinking applies to the new abomination of "gay" marriage. How can anyone object to a bishop speaking out against Catholics giving any comfort or support to a public policy that is directly inimical to Catholic belief and practice? So what if there are also fairies in many Catholic chanceries. They are a separate issue that should ALSO be dealt with. The bishops need to keep this very simple for the simple minded sheep they are appealing to.
Posted by: -
May. 25, 2004 3:04 PM ET USA
The Creator of the Universe offers to give Himself (body, blood, soul and divinity) to us in Holy Communion. His requirement is that sanctifying grace should be present in our souls. This implies that we have been baptized and are not guilty of a mortal sin. Performing an abortion is a mortal sin. Having an abortion is a mortal sin. Helping someone have an abortion is a mortal sin. John Kerry and his ilk certainly help people have abortions, don't they? Where is the controversy here?
Posted by: patriot6908 -
May. 25, 2004 10:29 AM ET USA
Thank God for favors granted. At least her first name was not Fuddy! As for Catholic civil servants and their duties, perhaps reruns of "A Man For All Seasons" are in order for the Worcester diocese.