Our Priests are Forbidden to Speak Their Conscience!
Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 14:56
Catholics for Equality would like to applaud our Christian brother Representative Drew Hansen in Washington State for articulating so well, that being a follower of Jesus compels us to support the rights and lives of our LGBT brothers and sisters. For all Christians, this is a "must watch" video.
But as Catholics, it's difficult to watch this and not think about the LGBT people we see in church every Sunday and not ask ourselves why our priests aren't supporting them with compassionate and pastoral words like these from Rep. Hansen.
The sad reality, sisters and brothers, is that our Catholic priests are forbidden to do so.
Archbishop Dolan, who heads up the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has made it very clear -- as has Archbishop Nienstedt in Minnesota and several other bishops throughout the country -- priests who support LGBT equality are forbidden to speak their conscience on this issue.
Yes, this is shameful. But this is also a calling to each of us to do as Christ instructed, and speak out for those who have no voice -- not just our LGBT brothers and sisters, but our own parish priests!
Catholics for Equality is an all volunteer organization. We launched this campaign and built these tools so that we can help empower and mobilize the voices of the overwhelming majority of American Catholics, who believe as we do that our LGBT brothers and sisters deserve to be treated legally the same as every other citizen.
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