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Sacramento bishop joins pro-abortion gay lawmaker to host prayer service

Catholic World News - January 08, 2013

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, has hosted an inter-religious prayer service to mark the opening of the state’s legislative session, at which a co-host was Speaker John Perez, a lawmaker who is openly homosexual and favors legal abortion.

The Interfaith Prayer Service, held at the Catholic cathedral in Sacramento, was sponsored by the Interfaith Council.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Jan. 09, 2013 7:30 AM ET USA

    In the current milieu there is little more grievous than the suggestion that some might be "enemies." Such perjorative terminology is insufferable and is likely to cause quite a stir. Nonetheless there are those who oppose the work of the Church, and this opposition has always been considered in its end- the detriment of souls. Charity has a new meaning today. Many will say the above is an exercise in Christian charity. "We have come so far, and we can do so much more." Alas, probably so.

  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 08, 2013 10:11 PM ET USA

    Bishop Soto's behavior conveys a clear message of, "whatever"! The moral confusion of the laity continues, thanks to the example of confused Church leaders like Bishop Soto.

  • Posted by: dagbat - Jan. 08, 2013 9:50 PM ET USA

    It seems to me that this is more of a localized political event meant only to mark the opening of the state’s legislative session. Yes the event happens to be occurring in the local Catholic cathedral, and yes it is being hosted by the local Bishop, probably per protocol. Given that the local Bishop (Bishop Soto) is an outspoken opponent of homosexuality however, it is hard to get overly concerned that the event could be construed as a Catholic endorsement of homosexuality. Also since the interfaith service is for the entire state legislature it should be of no concern that one or more of the legislature members are openly gay, even if one of them happens to be the House Speaker and is designated as a co-host.

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