Episcopalians, Unitarian Universalists, rabbis, a Methodist and even a Catholic priest walk into a bar. Oh wait this isn’t a setup for a joke.
…Episcopalians, Unitarian Universalists, rabbis, a Methodist and even a Catholic priest are planning to bless some same-sex marriages when they are set to become legal in California on Monday.
Catholics have long rejected homosexuality, and the Pope issued a statement a day after the court’s ruling affirming that marriage is suitable only between one man and one woman.
…Bishop Allen Vigneron of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland has written a letter which has been interpreted as urging his flock to oppose the November ballot initiative: “As faithful citizens, Catholics are called to bring our laws regarding marriage into conformity with what we know about the nature of marriage,” he wrote.
Kerry Chaplin, a director at California Faith for Equality, a group which fights for same-sex marriage rights, says she knows at least one Catholic priest who will be marrying people and one Methodist minister who will defy her church’s doctrine and bless same-sex marriages next week.
Antonio Salas, coordinator of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics group at Newman Hall Holy Spirit parish in Berkeley, said he knows of renegade priests who have performed religious marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.
“The greatest sin is to sin against your conscience. With an informed conscience, you can dissent from the church’s teaching,” Salas said.
Here I thought the greatest sin was the sin against the Holy spirit – the sin of final impenitence. Though I must say that the statement that with an informed conscience you can dissent against Church teaching to almost be funny if it wasn’t so sad. That your conscience agrees with Church teaching is the measure that it is properly formed. If your conscience though tells you Church teaching is wrong then shouldn’t your conscience lead you out of the Catholic Church which is teaching error? Especially since it is never just one issue they believe the Church is wrong upon in the first place.
Since no specific priests are mentioned that have previously attempted such ceremonies or plan to do them in the future we can’t really tell if this is true. Unfortunately it is all too easy to believe considering that one Catholic parish in San Francisco had promised to do so on their site until they were forced to take it down. No doubt there are priests who would have no problem with this, but would not publicly do so. If any priests attempt to marry same-sex couples in private then this would be pretty sad and rather cowardly. If your really think that this is God’s will then you should be willing to do what is right despite consequences. It is not exactly like you would be martyred for doing so. If they are willing to bless these phony marriages shouldn’t they have the strength of their convictions to attempt same-sex marriages.
Update: In a story on two gay Anglican priests who got married.
Mr Dudley opened the service by saying: “Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God to join these men in a holy covenant of love and fidelity. Such a covenant shows us the mystery of the union between God and God’s people and between Christ and the Church.”
So, in this “mystery,” does the man represent Christ while the man takes the place of the Church — or is it the other way around?