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Bishop emphasizes: no hostility towards homosexual persons in same-sex marriage debate

August 10, 2012

Writing to Catholics about a November ballot initiative that would implement same-sex marriage in the State of Washington, Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane emphasized that “the Catholic Church has no tolerance for the misuse of this moment to incite hostility towards homosexual persons.”

“My genuine hope is that we all can value the coming vote on Referendum 74 as an opportunity to have a substantial public debate regarding this critical issue, carried on with respect, honesty and conviction,” Bishop Cupich said in his August 3 letter. “When addressing issues of depth and passion--indeed, most importantly at such times--we should be committed to the proposition that our public dialogue must be marked by civility and clarity, and that it should generate light rather than heat.”

He added:

As a means of contributing to that effort, I ask your careful consideration of the attached reflections which outline some of the reasons for the Catholic Church’s position recommending that citizens vote “reject” on Referendum 74, and thus overturn the law that redefines marriage. I offer these thoughts with respect, but also out of a sense of duty to contribute to the debate for the good of our state.

But, I also want to be very clear that in stating our position the Catholic Church has no tolerance for the misuse of this moment to incite hostility towards homosexual persons or promote an agenda that is hateful and disrespectful of their human dignity.


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  • Posted by: Jim.K - Aug. 10, 2012 8:13 PM ET USA

    Too bad the good, compassionate Bishop didn't take time to point out what the Catholic Church teaches about the difference between "homosexuals" and "practicing homosexuals." That is, while we should never discriminate against homosexuals, (or anyone else) we can never approve of homosexual acts; e.g. same sex marriage. What about "straight" people? Will WA State also grant these same "rights" to co-habiting straight couples?; i.e., those who are living in sin but not necessarily perverted!?

  • Posted by: bruno - Aug. 10, 2012 5:41 PM ET USA

    Thank you your Excellency, for that prudent advice. Now where can we participate in a civil debate with the proponents of so-called SSM without getting bullied? I'm not holding my breath.