Archbishop rejects use of Pope's words to justify Illinois 'gay marriage'

Opinions? Did the archbishop overstep boundaries by criticizing the Holy Father? Was he well within limits with his criticism?

Chicago, Ill., Nov 21, 2013 / 03:04 pm (CNA).- As same-sex “marriage” becomes law in Illinois, the U.S. bishops’ head of marriage defense issues has lamented the “disgraceful” misuse of Pope Francis’ words to justify the institution’s redefinition.

“Pope Francis has forcefully reminded us that we are to show love and respect to all people and to seek their greatest good, and he therefore continues to clearly promote and defend marriage and family, recognizing that this is in everyone’s best interest as members of a common society,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said Nov. 20.

The archbishop noted that Pope Francis opposed the redefinition of marriage in Argentina as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, where the future Pope said, “The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children … At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.”

The Pope has also encouraged Catholics to “propose to all people, with respect and courage, the beauty of marriage and the family illuminated by the Gospel.”

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill to recognize same-sex unions as marriages on Nov. 20.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan had justified support for the bill by citing the Pope’s July comments on the flight from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro to Rome.

“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, well who am I to judge them?” the Pope had said, in response to a question about the “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The Pope had also said that lobbies “are not good.”

Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, a Democrat from Aurora, said she voted for the bill “as a Catholic follower of Jesus and the Pope,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

Archbishop Cordileone said that in light of the Pope’s criticisms of same-sex unions, it is “disgraceful that some legislators would manipulate the words of Pope Francis to suggest that he would support marriage redefinition.”

The archbishop said this redefinition is “a serious injustice.” The law exists to protect “authentic rights, especially the right of children to have a married mother and father.”

The law could create more religious freedom threats to business owners in the wedding industry, such as florists, photographers and wedding planners, who cannot in good conscience participate in same-sex ceremonies. Lawsuits have targeted similar businesses in other states.

“The bill is called the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. But this act is neither free nor fair for people of religious convictions,” Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society, said Nov. 20.

A group of legal scholars said that the Illinois bill’s vague and undefined terminology will require litigation to determine what religious liberties are protected.

Sixteen states have legally recognized “gay marriage,” particularly in the northeast U.S. Marriage law was initially redefined by the courts before several legislatures passed bills recognizing the unions. Same-sex “marriage” ballot measures did not succeed until 2012.

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, suggested that activists for redefining marriage have “run out of easy targets.” The activists targeted the “most liberal” states and “barley eked out some incredibly narrow victories,” he said Nov. 20 in a statement to his organization’s supporters.

Amendments defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman exist in 30 states, he noted, saying that there is a “false narrative” which asserts that the redefinition of marriage is inevitable.

Archbishop Cordileone praised the “courageous efforts” of those who helped defend marriage in Illinois.

Wait, sorry, I’m a little confused. I didn’t see any criticism of the pope in anything the archbishop said. It looked to me like he was defending the pope against those who twisted his words to justify something the pope is strongly opposed to. He even brought up the time - which the media always seems to conveniently ignore - when Francis as archbishop directly opposed the president over SSM, showing that the lawmakers are dead wrong to try and use Francis as their justification.

If he was criticizing anyone, he was criticizing the Illinois lawmakers, not the Holy Father. :thumbsup:

This pretty well covers it.

He didn’t criticize the Pope. He criticized politicians twisting the Pope’s words to try to make it seem like the Pope would support a same-sex marriage bill. :mad:

Especially given the fact that in his interview with the Jesuits, he takes this opposition as a given. He selective quotation does violence to the rest of what the Pope said, even in the plane interview.

I guess the phrase “forcefully reminded us” confused me a bit. :o

The Archbishop didn’t criticize the Pope. As the first sentence of the article you posted says, he “lamented the ‘disgraceful’ misuse of Pope Francis’ words to justify the institution’s redefinition.” He is against people twisting what the Pope says in order to further their political agenda. Did you read the article?

It’s sad that these leftist politicians would deliberately twist the Pope’s speech and pick and choose choice words from long and very well thought out sermon he gave in order to justify their support for immoral and poorly thought out policies. They should all go for spiritual counseling with a priest.

Thread title issues! Please request that a mod change the title to: **Archbishop rejects the MIS-USE of Pope’s words to justify OIllinois “gay marriage”

I shall. :thumbsup:

I absolutely did read the article. However, the title of the article can throw someone off, so as to make someone mistake the Archbishop’s words for criticism. That is why I have requested a moderator to change the title.

P.S., I too, am sick and tired of the liberal media distorting the Pope’s words so as to further their own political agenda.

Its not just sad, its sickening! And everyone of these self serving pols who want to claim they are Catholic to get votes either need to repent and conform to the teaching of the Church or else be voted down by Catholic voters.

As a Californian I was pleased that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill to open up the statute of limitations for child abuse cases ONLY for private institutions However, other than that he has been very anti Catholic in the positions he has taken including choosing not to defend Californias Prop 8 before the US Supreme Court, and his constant support of gay “marriage” and abortion rights. He is an utter disappointment and disgrace in his pandering to supporters of culture of death as a typical San Francisco based Democrat. He and his ilk such as Nancy Pelosi and these politicians twisting the works of Pope Francis to justify their pathetic political pandering are scandalous and should therefore be excommunicated. Nancy Pelosi has been given more than enough opportunities to clarify her positions yet she still claims to be Catholic and still tries to justify abortion rights as something worthy of a Catholic. Her statements are revolting and it is time the bishops take strong action to stop these phony Catholic politicians from having the honor to call themselves Catholic while supporting efforts to be complicit with and actually support evil.

It will never be a marriage, it is an abomination, Hell is full of "oh i didn’t know "

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