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Archbishop Lori decries ‘aggressive and godless secularism,’ fears effects of same-sex marriage on Catholic schools

October 03, 2012

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore discussed the challenges the Church faces from the HHS mandate and efforts to change the definition of marriage.

“We do find ourselves in a new situation,” he said. “An aggressive and godless secularism has overtaken our culture. It has always been a secular culture, but it is newly aggressive, and that presents multiple challenges.”

Speaking about same-sex marriage, he added that the “accreditation of schools and universities that maintain their support of traditional marriage” could be threatened.

“While the HHS mandate has been front and center, I’m even more concerned about the possibility that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will be overturned,” he said. “It is not unthinkable that defending traditional marriage will be regarded as bigotry and hate speech and that all kinds of strictures will be placed on our schools.”


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  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Oct. 03, 2012 4:56 PM ET USA

    Archbishop Lori is our guy. He is out front on religious liberty, I will give him that. But notice in the national Catholic Register that he is only concerned about the same sex marriage consequences for the church and it's services. He leaves all of the laity and their businesses and services out of the equation. It will affect us poor slobs among the laity more than the church if it becomes the law. What about us???.