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63 ex-Catholic Priests in Washingon: We Back Gay Marriage
Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 10/8/12 | Joel Connolly

Posted on 10/09/2012 6:48:26 AM PDT by marshmallow

Sixty-three former Roman Catholic priests in Washington state will announce on Thursday that they support Referendum 74, which would make Washington the nation’s seventh state to legalize marriage between same-sex couples.

The stand comes as the state’s four Catholic bishops intensify a campaign of pastoral statements and videos urging parishoners to vote against marriage equality.

In the latest pastoral letter, Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of the Diocese of Yakima told his 41 parishes that Referendum 74 “jeopardizes freedom rather than expands it” and “endangers our religious liberty and the rights of conscience.”

“Once marriage is redefined as a genderless contract, it will become legally discriminatory for public and private institutions such as schools to promote the unique meaning of marriage . . .This law will challenge our right to educate about the unique value of children being raised by his or her own mother and father in a stable home,” Tyson wrote.

The 63 former priests, with collectively more than 800 years of service to the Church, beg to differ.

“We are uneasy with the aggressive efforts of Catholic bishops to oppose R-74 and want to support the 71 percent of Catholics (Public Religion Research Institute) who support civil marriage for gays as a valid Catholic position,” they said in a statement.

Former priest Pat Callahan, who organized the statement, added: “This is the first public action we’ve taken.” Callahan was in the Catholic priesthood for 15 years.

Washington, Maryland and Maine will vote on marriage equality this November. Minnesota is voting on a constitutional amendment that would enshrine marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.

The ex-priests in Washington are taking a lesson from the playbook of their counterparts in Minnesota.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt has warned any active priests opposing the gay marriage ban to.......

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.seattlepi.com ...


TOPICS: Activism; Catholic; Moral Issues; Theology
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; md2012; me2012; religiousleft; wa2012
It appears that being an "ex-Catholic priest" is some sort of badge of honor in Washington.
1 posted on 10/09/2012 6:48:29 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Headline should be: 63 sexually confused Ex Priests gather in Washington to explore their identities.


2 posted on 10/09/2012 6:50:54 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: marshmallow

In an “ex-Catholic priest” one that was fired after being caught in flagrante delicto?


3 posted on 10/09/2012 6:50:54 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: marshmallow

Gee. I wonder why they are EX priests.

I bet it’s not nearly as fun being a homosexual priest now as it was 20 years ago.


4 posted on 10/09/2012 6:51:52 AM PDT by DManA
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To: marshmallow

A male trying to mate with another male’s anal canal is insane. A female attempting to mate with another female using a rubber appliance is insane. It’s like having Aunt Rosie sitting at your table trying to eat by sticking a turkey baster in her ear and telling you that’s her lifestyle. It may be, but it’s still insane behavior.


5 posted on 10/09/2012 6:54:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: marshmallow
No wonder they're EX priests
6 posted on 10/09/2012 6:54:09 AM PDT by shove_it (DNC = perpetual emotion machine)
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To: marshmallow

“Ex-catholic priests” equals “no longer recognized by the Church” so why would their opinions matter anyway?

They no longer can speak for or represent the Catholic Church, so their opinions and actions are theirs alone.

The only reason the media is paying any attention to them is because it complies with the media’s agenda to push homosexual marriage as the new norm. If they were ex-Catholic priests united with the Church on its position re: homosexual marriage then it wouldn’t even be in the news.


7 posted on 10/09/2012 6:55:18 AM PDT by sassy steel magnolia (USAF life and Navy wife...God Bless the USA!)
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To: marshmallow

Even if the far left fringe forces us to provide governmental recognition of gay “marriage”, that will not change the reality that any real marriage is between a man and a woman.


8 posted on 10/09/2012 6:56:39 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: marshmallow

This isn’t about two old homosexuals sitting by the fire reading Newsweek magazine. This is an attempt to make society say that it’s OK for a man to stick his penis into the anal canal of another male. Sorry, that kind of behavior is insane.


9 posted on 10/09/2012 6:57:58 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: marshmallow

The key word here is “Ex”


10 posted on 10/09/2012 7:00:21 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Holding my nose one more time to get rid of Eric Holder)
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To: Pollster1

notice the leftist don’t say “gay marriage” or “same sex marriage”

no they use the stealth propaganda phrase “marriage equality”

equality implying an equilibrium.


11 posted on 10/09/2012 7:06:17 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: marshmallow

Why are they “ex-Catholic priests”? Why are they no longer priests? Were they involved in homosexual activity?


12 posted on 10/09/2012 7:11:27 AM PDT by detective
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To: marshmallow
Someone should run a background check on these ex-priests. There's probably at least a couple pedophiles in the group.
13 posted on 10/09/2012 7:15:15 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: marshmallow

What a shame , to waste all that time and education on 63 miserable Misfits.
Shame on the Hierarchy of our Church.


14 posted on 10/09/2012 7:21:55 AM PDT by chatham
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To: marshmallow
The 63 former priests, with collectively more than 800 years of service to the Church, beg to differ.

"Service to the Church?" Next this paper will be combining the credit scores of bankruptcy cases to peddle financial advice....

15 posted on 10/09/2012 7:25:23 AM PDT by papertyger
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To: marshmallow

Obviously we understand why they are EX priest and EX Catholics and EX Christians..........


16 posted on 10/09/2012 7:27:24 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: marshmallow

Given their flagrant denial of Catholic teaching, I’m glad they’re ex-priests.


17 posted on 10/09/2012 7:28:03 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: marshmallow

I believe God could not have made it clearer:

Leviticus 20:13

King James Version (KJV)

13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

From:
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+20%3A13&version=KJV

I know liberals who have actually read the Bible say these are Moses’s words but this is the part in the Bible where things are really intricate. Did Moses have the architectural and engineering ability to design and write about the precise instructions for the Tabernacle and the Ark?

I’m sure that since Moses was brought up as Egyptian nobility, which included an education, they will say it is possible but anyone reading the Pentateuch would realize Moses would have to have a modern PhD in Engineering and Architecture among other things to design what God designed.

Maybe we should ask Moses if the plane impact and fire could have brought down the WTC?


18 posted on 10/09/2012 7:30:56 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: detective
The vast majority of former priests who are not currently under state supervision were the thousands of priests who requested laicization to get married in the 1970s.

They voluntarily left the priesthood assuming they would be invited back - but the election of John Paul II ruined that dream for them.

Embittered, they formed their own associations and created a cottage industry based on selling their "priestly" services to divorced and former Catholics for weddings and funerals.

They can always be relied upon to make contrarian statements regarding the Church.

Their average age is about 70 now, so in a few years their grand experiment will be over.

19 posted on 10/09/2012 7:36:35 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: marshmallow

What next, a story on how 63 disgruntled workers hate their former bosses and know how to run the company better?

And this story passes for news...


20 posted on 10/09/2012 7:48:56 AM PDT by SpirituTuo
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To: marshmallow

How many of them are gay.


21 posted on 10/09/2012 8:03:01 AM PDT by Fido969
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To: marshmallow

The heterophobes are coming! The heterophobes are coming!


22 posted on 10/09/2012 8:04:36 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: marshmallow

Probably all members of NAMBLA as well. (North American of Man/Boy Love Association, the homosexual organization seeking to remove age restrictions about having sex with children.)


23 posted on 10/09/2012 8:06:41 AM PDT by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: marshmallow

like asking 63 ex-wives,
about their former husbands...


24 posted on 10/09/2012 8:10:34 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Elendur
"like asking 63 ex-wives, about their former husbands..."

Game, set and match. Might as well end the thread now cuz there aint nobody gonna top that one.

25 posted on 10/09/2012 8:28:57 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: wideawake
“The vast majority of former priests who are not currently under state supervision were the thousands of priests who requested laicization to get married in the 1970s.”

Thousands of priests left the church in the 1970’s. These 63 “ex-priests” seem intent on publicly promoting the homosexual agenda and attacking the Catholic church. I wonder if the reason they left (or were asked to leave) was because they were homosexuals.

26 posted on 10/09/2012 8:39:38 AM PDT by detective
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To: marshmallow
I pity their old congregations.

They really ARE ex-Catholics.....priest or not.

27 posted on 10/09/2012 8:51:45 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: detective

While it’s possible and even likely, it’s also the case that this group are generally radical liberals to begin with.


28 posted on 10/09/2012 9:07:45 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: detective

63 ex-priests for just the state of Washington. It raises the question of how they got in. Aren’t there any vetting processes for new priests?


29 posted on 10/09/2012 10:03:16 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: longtermmemmory
notice the leftist don’t say “gay marriage” or “same sex marriage” no they use the stealth propaganda phrase “marriage equality” equality implying an equilibrium.

We already have equality. Any unmarried man, whether gay or straight, can marry any unmarried woman he wants to, subject to certain restrictions on close relatives. Any unmarried woman, whether lesbian or straight, can marry any unmarried man she wants to, subject to certain restrictions on close relatives. Even under the most extreme proposals from the far left, there would still be restrictions on marriage to those who are underage or already married. Why is it "equal" to leave just those restrictions than to leave those restrictions along with the 5,000 year-old tradition and definition that marriage requires male and female?

30 posted on 10/09/2012 10:18:54 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: marshmallow
I don't care if 63,or 63 million,Unitarian/Universalists support homosexual “marriage”.It's clearly contrary to God's law.And for those atheists in the audience...it's contrary to laws of nature as well.
31 posted on 10/09/2012 10:44:42 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: marshmallow

What does anyone want to bet that nearly all of these “former priests” are Catholics in good standing?


32 posted on 10/09/2012 12:27:50 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: marshmallow
Who cares what "ex" Catholic priests say, anyway? They've aready violated their own sacred vows. What else wouldn't they violate?

Strangely, they may serve a good purpose: to show the world what spiritual disintegration looks and sounds like.

It's a good thing they're out of the priesthood and thus limited in the damage they can do. May the Lord grant them repentance and redemption.

33 posted on 10/09/2012 3:47:11 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: marshmallow

there’s a reason they are “ex”


34 posted on 10/10/2012 6:18:13 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: chatham

the good thing is that it’s changing — that’s why these guys are ex-priests


35 posted on 10/10/2012 6:19:38 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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