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04/18/2011

To be so Easter-centric, RI's St. Bren Church sure is eager to Pass over (gays)

by Jeremy Hooper

On the main page of its website, St. Brendan Parish of Riverside, RI, runs a prominent button ad for the National Organization For Marriage (which is itself a predominately Catholic organization):

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Also, St. Brendan's faith leader, Fr. John Codega, is currently touring the state, going from Catholic sanctuary to Catholic sanctuary as part of a "Why Marriage Matters" tour:

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And in this week's bulletin, St. Brendan's higher-ups are not only directing congregants to use Holy Week energy to oppose marriage equality in the state legislature (which they've been doing almost every week since fall), but to also stop local council members from supporting a non-binding resolution in support of a marriage bill:

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So in short: This church has been incredibly active in using chosen, personal faith interpretations to oppose their gay neighbors' rights under the shared constitution. But honestly, of all of the things we have seen from this church and its head, nothing compares to a letter that Fr. Codega printed in last week's bulletin. In it, Codega tells his flock that they must "affirm our Lord God’s position," saying that "to argue for same sex marriage is to argue against natural law, against God, against history, against human nature, against millennia of social constructs, against common sense and against God’s church." He completely abolishes all pretense of church/state separation on LGBT issues, saying that "civil rights are not constructs of a government, they are endowed by our creator and supported by the Government." Of marriage equality activists, Codega states: "..[J]ust because you love someone you don’t let them sneak into your house at night and steel the most important possession you have." And then Fr. Codega pretty much drives it all home when he says of the possibility that he and his peeps could ever support *CIVIL* marriage equality: "We can be tolerant of their opinions without sacrificing our souls."

Go see for yourself:

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Also note the part about us supposedly seeking the license so that we have peace, which Codega says we will not get since it can only come from God. Translation: Gays will never get to a place of happiness (i.e. a place where they are not "sacrificing [their] souls") unless they subscribe to the beliefs of the most conservative wing of the Catholic leadership. You know: Because they have such an untarnished record.

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