In response to a Massachusetts effort urging Catholic bishops to support homosexual marriage, Fidelis, a national Catholic advocacy organization described the group as “destructive dissidents” who should not be allowed to use the title ‘Roman Catholic’ in their identity."
The dissident group Roman Catholics for the Freedom to Marry reportedly held a press conference Thursday to condemn the decision by the Boston Archdiocese to encourage faithful Catholics to participate in the petition drive in favor of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting homosexual marriage. The group is organized as a project under the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry, a coalition of groups dedicated to promotion of homosexual marriage in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Fidelis President Joseph Cella stated: “Such liberal groups should not be taken seriously by faithful Catholics who follow the teachings of the Church. The Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage pre-dates the Church itself, and cannot be changed based on the political preferences of the day.”
“These people are destructive dissidents who should not be allowed to use the title ‘Roman Catholic’ in their identity. We respectfully ask Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley to consider ordering this group to cease all use of the term ‘Roman Catholic.’ These groups are peddling an agenda that presumes that Catholic teaching on marriage is open for change,” Cella stated.
In 2003, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, issued a 12-page document titled “Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons” which delved the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexual marriage. Ratzinger wrote: “There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law.”
Pope Benedict XVI spoke further on the issue of homosexual marriage in June of this year saying: “The various forms of the dissolution of matrimony today, like free unions, trial marriages and going up to pseudo-matrimonies by people of the same sex, are rather expressions of an anarchic freedom that wrongly passes for true freedom of man.”