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Catholic bishops: Shun lawmakers who voted for NY same-sex marriage

By Elizabeth Tenety ~ from the Washington Post’s On Faith

New York’s state’s Catholic bishops continue to blast the state’s passage of homosexual marriage this week, with one bishop calling on Catholic schools and other institutions to shun lawmakers in protest of the vote.

In an op-ed Sunday in the New York Daily News, Nicholas DiMarzio, bishop of Brooklyn, called on members of his diocese to “not to bestow or accept honors, nor to extend a platform of any kind to any state elected official, in all our parishes and churches for the foreseeable future,” a statement that may signal a new era in church-state relations in the Empire State.

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Catholic bishops have previously fought high-profile battles with public officials who endorse policy positions contrary to official church teaching. The previous battleground was mostly limited to debates over the right to life, which is seen within Catholicism as a primary, inviolable value. (Catholics, the church teaches, may not vote for pro-choice politicians except for ‘grave reasons.’) But it is new that church leaders such as DiMarzio would include legislation on gay rights as sufficient cause to ostracize politicians.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    This is a Middle School Lunchroom response to an adult issue. I recognize the value of “if you can’t say anything nice, say nothing”. But there comes a point when responsible adults realize there is more to life than single issues. Shunning is one of the last responses left to someone whose creativity has run out. Job did not shun God or those who thought they would advise him in matters of faith. God did not shun Job, though he never really answered Job’s specific prayer requests. I would expect a more responsible and mature approach from a Bishop.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joseph Ceh

    How continually sad that the RCC is so preoccupied with genitalia!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    While the Catholics in NY continue to be inflamatory thirteen Senators; Richard Blumenthal of Conn., Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Maria Cantwell of Wash, Chris Coons of Del, Dick Durbin of Ill., Dianne Feinstein, of CA, Al Franken of Minn, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, Chuck Schumer of NY, Jeanne Shaheen of N.H., Mark Udall of Colo., Sheldon Whitehouse of R. I., and Ron Wyden of Ore have made a video, called “A Message of Hope–It Gets Better” from the United States Senate. This is about LGBT Equality and what they have had to live with in the past. If anyone who is Gay and is bothered in anyway and needs help call: The Trevor Project @ 866-488-7386. Forgot to mention all Senators are Democrats.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Guess they are adopting the Amish method of punishment for not obeying the Church and IMO is very childish—a form of “the silent treatment” for it’s members who don’t do as they are told!

  • MikeAtCF

    Most Americans did not want Obamacare, yet the Democrats insisted on shoving it down our throats. When the people finally got to vote the Dems paid heavily at the polls.

    Here in NY most voters did not want SSM, yet the Democrats – assisted by Republicans who went back on pledges they made in order to get elected – insisted on shoving it down our throats. When we do get to go to the polls many of those politicians are also going to pay the price.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    How about Liberty and Justice for all? Instead of tit for tat? An eleven year old student in AK, can see what it is but the States, and the Churches can’t? Hurry and grow young generation!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment LutheranChik

    Mike: How is same-sex marriage hurting you? It isn’t. If you don’t like it, don’t have one. Or if you really want to be a warrior for “family values,” why don’t you start paying attention to heterosexuals who engage in adultery, serial marriage, spousal and child abuse, etc. That should keep you busy enought to forget all about us gay folk.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    Saying, “Here in NY most voters did not want SSM” is false. Provably, demonstraably, observably FALSE. AKA not true. AKA a lie. AKA the bearing of false witness. AKA a SEEYUN.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    WWJS? (Who Would Jesus Shun?)

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