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Bishop Murphy challenges Catholic politician on same-sex marriage
Catholic Culture ^ | 6/22/09 | Catholic Culture

Posted on 06/22/2009 1:42:49 PM PDT by bdeaner

Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre has publicly confronted Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi after the latter announced his support of homosexual marriage in a New York Times opinion piece.

Mr. Suozzi “certainly admits that he knows he is contradicting some basic moral teachings of his own faith,” Bishop Murphy writes. “This is not the first time he has done this. He has already placed himself publicly in the category of ‘pro choice’ on abortion. While homosexual orientation is a neutral reality on a moral level, homosexual acts are not morally neutral. They are wrong and they are sinful. Abortion is wrong and it is sinful.”

Bishop Murphy continues:

"We bishops, the authentic teachers with the Pope of the Catholic faithful, have made this abundantly clear. Our teaching is unambiguous, faithful to the Lord and binding on all Catholics. No Catholic is free to ignore or disregard this teaching. It is normative in the formation of the conscience of every Catholic who seeks to be faithful to the Lord and qualify as a “practicing Catholic”. In saying this, I am not singling out Mr. Suozzi. I am speaking to all Catholics in our Diocese and beyond, reminding them that what we bishops teach is not “another opinion” among many that Catholics may choose or not choose. Instead, such truths are “non-negotiable”, binding on all of us who claim to be “practicing Catholics”. Otherwise we are not faithful to our Lord, to His Church and to the ultimate truths about the human person which alone can bring us freedom, justice, joy and peace."

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: bishopmurphy; catholicpoliticians; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; samesexmarriage; thomassuozzi
Also see:

Statement from Bishop Murphy on Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi's Support of Gay Marriage (Diocese of Rockville Centre)

Bishop Murphy confronts Suozzi on gay marriage, abortion (Newsday)

Why I Now Support Gay Marriage (New York Times)
1 posted on 06/22/2009 1:42:50 PM PDT by bdeaner
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To: bdeaner

God bless Bishop Murphy!

2 posted on 06/22/2009 1:44:15 PM PDT by bdeaner (The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
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To: bdeaner
More and more of this has to happen.

This should be followed up by a warning to publicly repent and disavow these beliefs, and then after that is ignored, A PUBLIC STATEMENT OF EXCOMMUNICATION FROM THE CHURCH!

3 posted on 06/22/2009 1:59:51 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town
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To: bdeaner

This is getting so exciting when the Bishops come out and tell the Catholic politicians to shape up or ship out!

(Christian politicians too, take note.)

4 posted on 06/22/2009 2:42:56 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

Amen! It is refreshing to see the forces of Light come out swinging against the Darkness.

5 posted on 06/22/2009 3:08:37 PM PDT by rom (Obama '12 slogan: Let's keep on hopin'!)
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To: rom

I was thinking today how hopeless my Catholic Church has become. It’s nice to read someone is speaking out for once.
But so much damage has been done for so long, only Christ’s coming will clean the church for once and for all. God bless Amercia.

6 posted on 06/22/2009 3:22:54 PM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kufir!)
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