Both North Carolina Catholic bishops are resigning from the North Carolina Council of Churches, an ecumenical organization comprised of Christian church leaders from across the state, because the group supports some issues that contradict Catholic teaching.
In a statement Friday, Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis and Raleigh Bishop Michael Burbidge said they “deeply value the long-standing relationship with the North Carolina Council of Churches and have informed the council of their strong desire to continue to work together on issues where there is substantial agreement.”
However, the North Carolina Council of Churches has taken positions contrary to Catholic teaching on marriage, and the council does not formally oppose abortion. Catholics believe marriage is a covenant only between one man and one woman, and that the evil of abortion must be opposed in every instance.
The NC Council of Churches is an extremely liberal political organization. They very strongly promoted same sex marriage in NC last year when we voted to amend the constitution to define marriage in law as marriage. As a Protestant I even found the membership odd. The bishops in NC were promoting the marriage amendment and this organization was strongly opposing it.