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11/04/2012

Former Maine Bishop Richard Malone's unique (read: egregious) take on religious freedom

by Jeremy Hooper

If you vote for civil equality you are not a Catholic. So says former Maine Bishop Richard Malone (now of Buffalo, NY) in an email about the upcoming vote in his former home state:

Screen Shot 2012-11-04 At 1.00.05 Pm"A Catholic whose conscience has been properly formed by scripture and Church teaching cannot justify a vote for a candidate or referendum question that opposes the teachings of the Church. The definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, open to the birth of children, is a matter of established Catholic doctrine. Any Catholic who supports a redefinition of marriage—or so called “same-sex marriage”—is unfaithful to Catholic doctrine. The group calling itself ‘Catholics for Marriage Equality’ does not speak for the Catholic Church, any more than does ‘Catholics for a Free Choice’, another dissident group that promotes so-called ‘abortion rights’. Faithful Catholics will give no credence to either." [Quote via NOM's Thomas Peters who greets it with "praise God!"]

But yet we, the advocates for all people of faith having full religious freedom (in the true sense) that coexists with deserved civil rights and protections, are the ones who are undermining this nation's faith conversation? Riiiiiiiiiiiight, religious right. Keep trying to make that happen.

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