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Come for the communion, stay for the civil inequality

by Jeremy Hooper

This from Portland, Maine's WCHS News:

Maine's Catholic church continues to be active in the fight against same sex marriage.

[Bishop Malone] has asked churches to take up a special second collection next weekend to support Stand For Marriage Maine, the group leading the effort to repeal Maine's same sex marriage law.

Catholic Church Asks For Money In Fight Against Same Sex Marriage [WCHS]

Next step: Converting all of the state's confessional booths into voting ones.

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I wonder if Bishop Malone informed those churches that they need to inform the congregants that money donated to political campaigns is NOT tax deductible? Not even if they are donating it while their ass is sitting on a church pew. Or if he informed those churches that anyone donating more than $200 in one calendar year to a campaign must publicly disclose their name, employer, and job description? Because if he didn't, that is tantamount to fully condoning money laundering, and one might suspect that to be somewhat illegal.

The IRS ruling from earlier this year, reiterated what everyone always knew.. that churches are free to take a position on "moral values" political issues.. but the IRS didn't give them carte blanche to launder financial contributions, or use tax deductible funds to support those campaigns.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 8, 2009 12:24:34 PM

Another reason for me to never again go near a Catholic church.

Fuck Malone and Fuck Ratzinger as well.

Posted by: ---- | Sep 8, 2009 1:17:46 PM

And yet they seem so confused about why people keep leaving and why many that stay refuse to tithe.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Sep 8, 2009 4:43:54 PM

Tax them.

Posted by: ChrisNH | Sep 8, 2009 6:18:10 PM

I wrote a comment to a news article in the Bangor Daily News 9/28/09 about Maine’s Catholic Bishop Malone’s antigay statement, in support of Marriage Equality and challenging the his ignorance about human sexuality and the bible.

...Same-sex marriage is a dangerous sociological experiment that many of us believe will have negative consequences for society as a whole,” said [Bishop] Malone in the message, according to the Bangor Daily News. “Children need the love of a mother and a father.”

This statement is cruel and untrue. People against Marriage Equality do not base their public statements on facts either from science or the bible. It is a repeat of the time the Vatican was condemning Galileo, because they insisted that Galileo was going against the bible that it is the sun that revolves around the earth.

Children need people who are honest and truthful. Children are not safe around people who publicly speak out against Marriage Equality, because in truth these people have had no formal study in human sexuality or the bible and yet they without any intellectual thought speak out and harm innocent people. This is irresponsible adult behavior, which is harmful for children to witness. This has been proven to have “negative consequences” for children, consult developmental psychology.

With all due respect, it is without a question that Bishop Malone would not be able to pass graduate course exams on human sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity or biblical studies. Prove me wrong!!!

And if Bishop Malone cannot pass these exams today, than before God he needs to publically retract what he said against Marriage Equality. If not, then Bishop Malone needs to go back to the seminary to study moral theology.

The best thing to do for the well-being and safety of all children would be if people against Marriage Equality spent their money to academically study human sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity and the bible. This is what children need the truth. People speaking out on such life and death issues should not speak out of ignorance and fear, thus spreading hatred and violence that indiscriminately is severely harmful to all children.

The truth will set you free - not ignorance and fear.
Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Posted by: Fr. Marty Kurylowicz | Sep 30, 2009 12:53:10 AM

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