Other than Westboro Baptist Church, I can’t think of any organisation more vehemently opposed to gay rights and equal marriage than the Roman Catholic Church.
My computer has been down and I’m still rebuilding my bookmarks. One of those bookmarks I added today is Pinknews.co. Today I noticed an article that said on May 2, Rhode Island signed into law a bill legalising same-sex marriage, the tenth state to so do. Good for Rhode Island.
The Roman Catholic Church has been in opposition to anything involving the LGBT community for years as evidenced by some of Benedict XVI’s pronouncements on the topic. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Rhode Island seems to be carrying on where the pope emeritus left off. Following the passing of this new law, the Bishop has reportedly said that Roman Catholics should carefully consider their involvement with, or attendance at, any gay marriages lest they jeopardize their relationship with God. Let me see if I have this straight – the Roman Catholic Church preaches that their God is a God of love, yet if Roman Catholics attend a ceremony in which two people of the same sex proclaim their love for each other, God won’t love them anymore. Does that sound like a fair interpretation of the Bishop’s comment?
Of course, this is the same official who stated in January 2013 that equal marriage poses a threat to religious freedom. From various pronouncements issuing from Rome on a wide range of topics, I have the impression that the Roman Catholic Church defines “religious freedom” as following the teachings of that church blindly.
We are in the second decade of the twenty-first century. During the twentieth century, people learned to think for themselves; to question what they are told and, if necessary, reject teachings that are at odds with their own beliefs. The last half of the last century saw the gay community make great strides in acceptance, not only socially, but legally as well. The days are long past when the Roman Catholic Church, or any other religious institution, can expect automatic unquestioning acceptance of their pronouncements and instructions. Today, the church has to learn to accept and adjust to the realities of the twenty-first secular world if it is keep itself relevant.