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Roman Catholic wants state to enforce canons

Posted: Friday, February 24th, 2012

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien of Maryland (USA)The pope’s head guy in the US state of Maryland has trouble enforcing the big guy’s rules. Cardinal Edwin O’Brien knows that Rome frowns on dudes marrying dudes. When two guys are in love, the cardinal wants them to live in sin. No marriage.

The trouble is that there are more people than Romists in Maryland. Worse for Rome is that some of these citizens are members of churches that teach love. The Roman Catholics will have none of it. Instead of throwing rice, they are trying to throw barricades and roadblocks.

It’s one thing for the Roman Catholics to refuse to welcome all their adherents to the sacraments. It’s quite another when they demand that the state government enforce Roman Catholic laws in other churches.

If the Romans want to be hatful and exclusionary and bigoted, that’s great. They can teach all their people with sternly puckered white lips until the cows come home.

This cardinal — the head guy for the Vatican in Maryland — wants “marry land” open only to Roman-approved couples.

Great legacy you’ve got working there, Edwin.

Now run along, and deal with your own flock. Because if you insist on getting into my church’s rules, it’s time to recognize your stance as that of a bully. And, sir… in the USA, bullies are taxed at a higher rate than actual church leaders.

 

 

Civil Unions is a half-measure

Posted: Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Photo is from Diane’s Muse

By Wynn Wagner

Several states now allow what they call civil unions.

I’m happy that my gay brothers and lesbian sisters can approach equality with those born heterosexual. It’s a step, but it isn’t equality.

This isn’t a gay issue. It is a matter of religion.

My church — the Old Catholic Church — teaches that sexual orientation is not a barrier to marriage. Gay men and lesbian women can marry in the Old Catholic Church. Most priests don’t blink an eye or hyperventilate when they’re asked to perform a gay wedding. In fact, one of the oldest marriage rites we have is for two men from what we call the Orthodox Church.

The Roman Catholic Church thinks it differently. Rome’s church was established in the year 1054, regardless of their marketing attempts to claim it is the “original” Christian sect. Rome says that so-called traditional marriage is always between one man and one woman. Balderdash.

The Roman emperor Charlemagne (742-814) is considered one of the great Christian emperors. He led the Rome back when there was one Christian denomination. He was the leader of Rome when the Old Catholic Church was formed in Holland, by the way.

But here’s the thing: Charlemagne had eighteen children over the course of his life with eight of his ten known wives or concubines. He had multiple wives at the same time, and he never apologized for that. He was a Christian with a stronger claim to “traditional marriage” than anything Rome can put forward.

It’s find for a religion to define marriage however they like. If the Romists and Baptists want one-man-one-woman as their prototype, they’ll never get an argument from me. The argument comes when they try to inflict their dogma onto my reality map.

I’m not Roman Catholic. I’m not Baptist. Yet, they try to control my church.

The Bill of Rights in America says that government isn’t supposed to pass laws that restrict the free exercise of religion, but they do pass those laws. They have judges who claim to be reasonable but restrict my religion every day.

What needs to happen is this: the US government needs to get out of the religion business. My church heralds love in a diverse array. Marriage is a glorious gift.

I shouldn’t have a law that promotes rules of some johnny-come-lately churches like the Roman Catholics and the Baptists.

Bravo for civil unions! Now, can y’all stay the heck out of dogma?

Photo is from Diane’s Muse.