The church is right to speak out

  • Article by: JASON ADKINS
  • Updated: October 22, 2012 - 7:21 PM

It is unfair to attack the bishops and clergy for doing what they do -- that is, to guide.

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betty99Oct. 22, 12 7:37 PM

The Catholic church has made the decision to pour millions into this political issue. Fine but taxes are due April 15th.

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mdernstOct. 22, 12 7:38 PM

"One is free to disagree" ...unless you work for the Catholic Church.

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goferfanzOct. 22, 12 7:46 PM

The priest's mission is to get his flock to heaven. Of course, they must speak out on social issues that threaten societal stability, that is their duty. It is a faux argument to claim religious professionals cant guide their followers on important election issues. Oddly, those critics seem fine with the one, always-available, pro-SSM priest. This is just what happens in elections, especially when our elected leaders have failed us so many times in recent years.

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okbruceOct. 22, 12 7:57 PM

@betty: Lots of people like to threaten us with taxes, as if that would do anything. We have been persecuted, tortured, and slaughtered for thousands of years. And during the worst years, you know what happened? We grew. We expect that to continue. You can't get rid of us. We only get stronger.

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ti1310Oct. 22, 12 8:14 PM

----This argument is absurd on its face. The idea that marriage is founded on the sexual union of a man and a woman is a truth that predates any society, religion or government. It is embraced by religious and nonreligious nations and governments alike. Defining marriage between a man and a woman is amply supported by countless nonreligious arguments, as courts in this country and the European Union have properly concluded (quite recently, in fact).----wrong!!! Mr Adkins you need a history lesson Marriage for centuries was (and still is in many parts of the world) about gaining power, wealth and political connections for families. Christians, Hindus, Muslims all have partaken in this...

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ti1310Oct. 22, 12 8:17 PM

----The priest's mission is to get his flock to heaven. Of course, they must speak out on social issues that threaten societal stability, that is their duty. It is a faux argument to claim religious professionals cant guide their followers on important election issues. Oddly, those critics seem fine with the one, always-available, pro-SSM priest. This is just what happens in elections, especially when our elected leaders have failed us so many times in recent years.---Guiding? please... Shoving a discriminatory amendment down people's throats is not guiding.

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fooledmeonceOct. 22, 12 8:26 PM

there is no "she" in the Catholic church Jason, nice try though

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kisawyerOct. 22, 12 8:26 PM

Mr. Adkins, The Archbiship stated the church's support is to "Protect Children". Why didn't the Catholic Church protect children when some of its clergy were sexually abusing children? What the church did was move abusing priests to other parishes adding more sexually abused victims? When the authorities started to investigate the church; parishes destoyed personnel records. When the abusive priests were exposed, the church accused the victims of being liars. I know you nor the Archbishop will not answer these questions. The Catholic church only judges others and not itself. This amendment will be defeat by good Christian people. The Catholic church will remain living in the past adding marriage equality to issues like divorce and family planning.

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kd5757Oct. 22, 12 8:47 PM

It's interesting that the author mentions social science data that does not examine same-sex marriage and then neglects to mention the following professional associations that support same-sex marriage and/or same-sex parenting based on research. These organizations include the American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Sociological Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Anthropological Association, American Medical Association, Child Welfare League of America, National Association of Social Workers, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children to name a few. If one wants to have an honest discussion, one should start by being honest.

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jerryjonesOct. 22, 12 8:54 PM

If the current legal definition is really "the God-given definition of marriage", then maybe we should consider changing it to something more applicable to the changing demographics of our country. Over 1 in 5 adults is now agnostic or atheist. This share is only growing. It's not the governments place to shove someones people's religious views on others. Other view points should be allowed, not banned constitutionally. Plus the modern definition of marriage is hardly biblical or god-given. The original definition of marriage included killing women who weren't virgins when they got married, and a woman being forced to marry the man who raped her among other things. Don't try to pass off the whole 1-man, 1-woman thing as what was described in the bible.

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