The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in word, in action and in law.
Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, 1986
Source: Catholics for Marriage Equality MN
I’ve written about the Catholic Church many times over the past several months. Specifically, I’ve talked a lot on how leaders in the church are inserting themselves into the political fight on marriage that voters will decide this NOvember.
With that said, I’ve also shared that not all Catholics are fighting to take away or limit our rights. In February, I shared:
It’s important to note that not all people who are religious are crazed zealots. In the coming week, I’m going to be posting several articles about various religious groups and how they’ve come out against the amendment. Of course, as you know, there’s been one notable exception in the state of Minnesota.
And in March, I blogged about how Catholics for Marriage Equality MN asked religious leaders to withdraw financial support of the marriage amendment in Minnesota.
I truly believe that the quote above reflects what the church should be teaching about Love today. Some Catholics still don’t get it, but for the ones that do – like Rev. Mike Tegeder, a Catholic Priest in Minnesota - I say thank you. Tegeder had this to say about the mean-spirited amendment:
That’s not the way to support marriage… If we want to support marriage, there are wonderful things we can do as Catholic churches and ministers. We should not be focused on beating up a small number of people who have this desire to have committed relationships.
For my Catholic, religious and spiritual friends out there, I Love you. As you vote this NOvember, I encourage you to think about this foundational teaching for yourself.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
This amendment was put on the ballot for a variety of reasons, however, you won’t find “Love” on that list.