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US bishops denounce Rhode Island civil union bill (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
EWTN News ^ | 7/4/11

Posted on 07/04/2011 6:42:18 PM PDT by markomalley

The U.S. Catholic bishops have expressed their disapproval with a civil unions bill likely to be signed into law after passing Rhode Island's state senate on June 29.

“In no way can civil union measures be considered a permissible compromise or a step in advancing the common good, said Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Chairman of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, in a July 1 statment. “Instead, they directly violate principles of justice and accelerate the push to redefine marriage itself.”

The bill, likely to be signed by Governor Lincoln Chafee, would allow same-sex couples to enter into a “legal union” with “all the rights , benefits, protections, and responsibilities” as those of people who are married,” according to a statement released by the Senate. The bill passed with a vote of 21-16.

Speaking on behalf of the U.S. bishops, Bishop Cordileone said that marriage, “the communion of husband and wife,” is a unique reality that has no equivalent. He also noted that the legalization of civil unions in Rhode Island would harm the unique status and meaning of marriage, and promote the “crossing of moral boundaries.”

“The exclusive and permanent bond of a man and woman joined in marriage offers to the couple, and to society, a preeminent value that should not be eclipsed by governmental attempts to redesign fundamental realities by legal dictate,” the bishop stated.

Allowing civil unions for homosexual couples, he continued, is unjust – “because now the government is treating as similar two different realities that cannot be considered as analogous or equivalent in any way.”

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, head of the Diocese of Providence, also denounced the bill and said that he was “deeply disappointed” by the establishment of civil unions in the state. He encouraged Catholics to pray for “God’s patience, mercy and forgiveness in these distressing times.”

“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,” Bishop Tobin said June 30.

He emphasized the Church’s “respect and love” for those who experience same-sex attraction. But he explained that homosexual activity was “contrary to the natural law and the will of God.”

Governor Chafee has said he supports the bill because it is an “incremental step” toward allowing homosexual “marriage.” House Speaker Gordon Fox also supports gay “marriage,” but indicated that civil unions were introduced as a compromise because of insufficient support for a redefinition of marriage.


TOPICS: Catholic
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; rhodeisland; ri
While I agree with Bishop Cordileone in this instance, I wish that these so-called Catholic news outlets would not usurp the authority of the individual bishops like this. A single bishop working as the chair of a USCCB committee does not have the canonical authority to speak for the bishops of the United States. Period.

The correct way to say this is that the US Bishops Conference stated _______. Not that the US Bishops stated _______.

Yes, I agree with Bishop Cordileone's stastement. However, I also agree with canon law:

Can. 455 §1. A conference of bishops can only issue general decrees in cases where universal law has prescribed it or a special mandate of the Apostolic See has established it either motu proprio or at the request of the conference itself.

§2. The decrees mentioned in §1, in order to be enacted validly in a plenary meeting, must be passed by at least a two thirds vote of the prelates who belong to the conference and possess a deliberative vote. They do not obtain binding force unless they have been legitimately promulgated after having been reviewed by the Apostolic See.

§3. The conference of bishops itself determines the manner of promulgation and the time when the decrees take effect.

§4. In cases in which neither universal law nor a special mandate of the Apostolic See has granted the power mentioned in §1 to a conference of bishops, the competence of each diocesan bishop remains intact, nor is a conference or its president able to act in the name of all the bishops unless each and every bishop has given consent.

Think about this carefully, folks. If you allow Bishop Cordileone to speak for all the US Bishops here, where we are likely to agree with their stance on the issue, you will allow another bishop to usurp the power of each individual bishop in an issue where you don't agree: like illegal immigration...

1 posted on 07/04/2011 6:42:21 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Unless the Church stops Catholic politicians coming to Communion or to excommicate.

The politician's are mocking the Church. I found it amazing that these are mostly " catholic" at times.

Matthew 5:13

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

Luke 14:34

34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

2 posted on 07/04/2011 7:42:56 PM PDT by johngrace
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To: markomalley

Short of excommunication, these words mean little to “Catholic” politicians who flout Canon Law.


3 posted on 07/04/2011 9:59:18 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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