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Gay marriage divides the Catholic ChurchApril 16, 2012 @ 3:55 am
They're the two issues you're not supposed to talk about unless you want an argument with someone - religion and politics. About one million Catholics are caught up in a political issue that's splitting churches in Western Washington.
In weekend Masses, parishioners received a letter from the Archbishop asking for support of Referendum 74, an effort to repeal Washington's marriage equality law.
"I don't think marriage is political," Saint Mark's Pastor W.R. Harris told KING 5 TV. "So I think that the church has to speak, if marriage is somehow under attack."
Supporters of Referendum 74 need to collect 120,000 signatures by June 6. St. Marks will begin collecting them next weekend.
Pastor Michael Ryan at Saint James says there will be no talk of petition signing at the Cathedral.
St. James is one of at least three Catholic churches stepping away from the issue. Other churches included the Archbishop's letter in the parish bulletin of announcements and said "read it, and decide for yourself what you believe."
The letter, signed by Archbishop Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, stated seven reasons for supporting Referendum 74. Here are summaries:
"We believe that the redefinition of marriage is such a far-reaching and radical decision that it should not be left simply to a vote of legislators and the signature of the governor."
"Same-sex couples already enjoy the rights and privileges of married couples" in Washington state.
"Marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation of our society. Married love is life-giving and the crowing fruit of marriage is the bearing of children."
"Christians are called to chastity, and sexual intercourse is so intimate and significant that it is intended only for a man and woman in marriage."
"The Catholic Church's opposition to the redefinition of marriage does not amount to discrimination. Treating different things differently is not unjust dictionaries. Marriage isn't simply a label that can be attached to different types of relationships."
"Why does the Catholic Church care so much about marriage? Because marriage is a fundamental good in itself and foundational to human existence and flourishing."
"Does the Catholic Church teach that people who experience same-sex attraction have equal dignity? Of course! Every single human person has inviolable dignity and worth."
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