New Jersey Silence

What to make of the NJ bishops’ silence on same-sex marriage in their state? Rocco’s twitter feed suggests they’re laying low because of cover-up scandals. It’s not illogical to think so.

Reader know I’m more of the mind of bolstering and supporting sacramental marriages and I think the Church’s efforts against same-sex unions are not a good use of time, money, energy, and/or personal capital.

But still. If a person really wants to make the case politically, I wouldn’t want the discussion to be stifled because of scandal. I suspect that bishops speaking out at this time would be counterproductive to their cause. Interesting that all the Garden State bishops thought so.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to New Jersey Silence

  1. John McGrath says:

    There may be many reasons. One may be that the bishops are confused at what to say. The pope wants Catholic officials to not only oppose certain policies (abortion chiefly) but to always link that opposition with a advocacy for serving the poor. Not one or the other.

    Another reason may be simple pragmatism. The New Jersey gay marriage rights have been mandated by a court order, not by legislative action. In other words, the decision is already made. It’s law. Appeals cannot be made to the legislature or the governor so who are they going to direct their protest, lectures and opposition to?

  2. Jim McCrea says:

    Maybe they are finally getting the difference between sacramental matrimony (which no LGBT people that I know of are interested in) and secular marriage that bestows all rights, benefits and responsibilities on all couples whose marriages are recognized by the state. The church can do whatever it wants except insist that the state honor religious biases in this case.

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