Theodore's World: NY Catholic Bishops Now Expect Efforts 'to Enact Gov't Sanctions Against Churches'

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June 26, 2011

NY Catholic Bishops Now Expect Efforts 'to Enact Gov't Sanctions Against Churches'

NY Catholic Bishops Now Expect Efforts 'to Enact Gov't Sanctions Against Churches'


By Terence P. Jeffrey

As New York enacted a law late Friday that legalizes same-sex marriage in the state, the Roman Catholic bishops of New York released a statement saying they now expect efforts to enact laws that go after churches that insist on teaching the "timeless truths" about marriage and family.

"We strongly uphold the Catholic Church's clear teaching that we always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love," the bishops said.

"But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a lifelong, loving union that is open to children, ordered for the good of those children and the spouses themselves," the bishops said.

"This definition cannot change, though we realize that our beliefs about the nature of marriage will continue to be ridiculed, and that some will even now attempt to enact government sanctions against churches and religious organizations that preach these timeless truths."

The statement was signed by the bishops of all eight Roman Catholic diocese in the state of New York.

The New York State Senate passed the same-sex marriage bill late Friday and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic, signed the bill into law at 11:55 Friday night. The state assembly has passed the bill the week before. The law will go into effect in 30 days.

The law was enacted just in time for New York City's annual "gay pride" parade, which takes place on Sunday. The parade runs along Fifth Avenue, passing directly in front of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

"The passage by the legislature of a bill to alter radically and forever humanity's historic understanding of marriage leaves us deeply disappointed and troubled," the New York bishops said in their statement.

"We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government in passing this legislation that attempts to redefine these cornerstones of civilization," they said.

"Our society must regain what it appears to have lost--a true understanding of the meaning and the place of marriage, as revealed by God, grounded in nature, and respected by America's foundational principles," said the bishops.


Wild Thing's comment......

NY has spit on God.

NY will now be called the GAY APPLE! Everything Guliani did to clean up the city is now going to be undone over time. And Republicans in NYhelped vote this vile thing into law.

Posted by Wild Thing at June 26, 2011 04:55 AM


Gays in the Military, Gay Marriages I mean WTF, over, ...We are at the bottom of the barrel, not near it but actually there all because of this pisspot from Kenya.

With the pervasiveness of Abortion, to the all this queer crap, They have managed to turn our Republic into nothing more that a pittiful democracy, Where a pseudo majority ruled that this is so, No longer do we go by the rule of law, no longer is individual rights supreme but it is the whim of a few that we are now governed.

As far as the Catholic Church goes this response was watereddown and thanks to Vatican 2 this is what we get. Banjo's and folk singers, disrespect for the consecration of the host. The Tridentine mass is a thing of the past. but when we had it we didn't have Abortion or queers getting married. And we knew what the true meaning of Marriage was.

Posted by: Mark at June 26, 2011 08:22 AM

The actions of the New York legislature, once again shows how Political Correctness,trumps common sense.

One wonders if the Governor or any of those who voted for the bill even considered the long term ramifications. In pandering to one segment of society they have shut out another, all in the name of hoping to garner a few votes.

To reiterate what Mark said previously, the elected elitists have managed to almost completely destroy what the intent of the Founding Fathers was for this Country. We, HAVE BECOME A, PITIFUL DEMOCRACY". One where special interests such as the Gay and Lesbian movement, the enviromentalists, and those promoting multiculturism, just to name a few, rule the day.

Through the intrusion of the Government, at all levels, this once Great Nation, is being derstroyed. No longer is the individual encouraged to aspire to greatness and achieve the "American Dream". Now we are being told that we should allow the Government to control our lives.

All this has happened in a very short time and it has snowballed almost to the point where it is unstoppable.

I fear for the coming generations in this Country.

Posted by: Sean at June 26, 2011 10:49 AM

I'm sorry for my homosexual brothers and sisters, but recognizing gay marriage is just one step too far. There is no "marriage" possible between two men or two women because it is not a marriage. Putting your sex organ (aimed at life) in something that is made for removal of waste and decay is not "marriage" and cannot be "marriage". You are free to do so, go ahead, but don't expect society to "sanction" it, support it and recognize it.
Soooooo sad. Rome is falling.

Posted by: eddy Burke at June 26, 2011 10:50 AM

A Republican politician in NY would be considered a liberal Democrat in most Midwest and Southern states.

Posted by: BobF at June 26, 2011 09:27 PM

Living up the coast in Connecticut I was in New York in 1994 before Rudi and have been there every few years since. The city is already half way back to the pre-Rudi days. I do not know how long it will take to slide all the way back to where they again need a doorman at ever shop and restaurant door to keep out the nuts, bums, shoplifters, and pickpockets but they are getting there.
What they will not have is the thousands of sales outlets that built up by getting the imports right off the boat and shipping to points across the country. Places like that are in Tennessee now because the imports come off of 747 and get repackaged then go out via Fed Ex. The Vice is coming back to New York, the business never will.

Posted by: Avitar at June 26, 2011 10:39 PM

Thank you all of you so much for your input about this. It is very upsetting to see our country changing and so rapidly.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 27, 2011 04:20 AM

I had been a fan of the vampire series True Blood and although it did have a bit of the homo stuff thrown in since it is produced by Hollywood communists it was fairly amusing. Well not anymore, the season opener last night was full blown recognition and flaunting of homosexuality for all to see. I was so pissed that I left the room and let others watch that crap. Oh and now Trojan is selling vibrators on TV.

Is this a great country..................or what?

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at June 27, 2011 07:00 AM

Soddom and Gomorrah... gee, didn't something bad happen to them for being that way?

Posted by: Anonymous at June 27, 2011 06:16 PM