See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, July 01, 2011

Bishop Tobin expresses disappointment over Rhode Island civil union law.



Bishop Tobin has been outspoken against legislation which would permit same sex marriage or its equivalent, civil unions.  Rhode Island just did.  From Bishop Tobin:
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“I am deeply disappointed that Rhode Island will establish civil unions in our state. The concept of civil unions is a social experiment that promotes an immoral lifestyle, is a mockery of the institution of marriage as designed by God, undermines the well-being of our families, and poses a threat to religious liberty.
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In this context it is my obligation to remind Catholics of the teachings of the Church on this matter. First, the Church continues to have respect and love for persons with same-sex attraction; they are indeed children of God and our brothers and sisters in the human family. We pray for their well-being and offer them spiritual guidance and pastoral care. We also extend our love and support to families of homosexual persons who sometimes struggle with this difficult emotional issue.
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At the same time, the Church reminds its members that homosexual activity is contrary to the natural law and the will of God and, therefore, is objectively sinful. Persons with same-sex attraction are required to live the Christian virtues of chastity and modesty, as all persons are. The importance of these virtues is clearly established in the Holy Scriptures and in the constant tradition of the Church.
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Because civil unions promote an unacceptable lifestyle, undermine the faith of the Church on holy matrimony, and cause scandal and confusion, Catholics may not participate in civil unions. To do so is a very grave violation of the moral law and, thus, seriously sinful. A civil union can never be accepted as a legitimate alternative to matrimony.
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Can there be any doubt that Almighty God will, in His own time and way, pass judgment upon our state, its leaders and citizens, for abandoning His commands and embracing public immorality? I encourage Catholics to pray for God’s patience, mercy and forgiveness in these distressing times.” - Bishop Tobin.
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May God bless Bishop Tobin for reiterating sound Roman Catholic teaching so forcibly in these days of mass delusion and confusion. 
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In addition to praying for the intentions Bishop Tobin requests, I also think it is rather important to pray for the priests and bishops who remain in communion with the Catholic Church, rather than those who defect or abandon ship. 

3 comments:

  1. And this from a state with more catholycs per square inch than anyone else.

    It was a good fight, and will go on, but for now the Independent Man atop our statehouse can step down. There is nothing independent about Rhode Island. We are, as we have been called for years, merely the bedroom community of Boston.

    As for prayers... yes...
    "If you love them that love you, what reward shall you have?"

    "I know, Lord. Didn't say I wouldn't pray for the rats - I mean, the defectors - just said there are a lot of other (good, faithful) people ahead of them in my list. I'll get around to the r... cop-outs eventually."

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  2. The Bishop certainly has fought a good fight.

    I of course do not mean to neglect prayers for the conversion of sinners, but the priests and bishops who stay in the arena really need the prayer to support them in their witness. But I think you know what I meant without this explanation. :)

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  3. Oh yes, I knew that. The above conversation is mine (former Evangelical; when God speaks, he sounds like King James).

    I know I should pray for them that revile me, and all that. But first, there are people who through no fault of their own have hit a rough patch.

    And those who have made stupid mistakes, but are trying to get their lives turned around.

    My Pope, my Bishop, my Priest.

    All good and faithful Bishops and Priests.

    The parish workers.

    The bloggers I read, and most of the commentators.

    And anytime, anyone on a blog or forum asks for a prayer.

    The conversion of sinners, because they don't know any better.
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    And then somewhere along the line, I will pray for the quislings and the deserters among us (and O Lord, don't let me mentally spit as I do so, Amen)

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