The Washington State Catholic Conference is asking parishes to distribute bulletin inserts which are opposed to marriage equality to their parishioners today, in anticipation of next month’s referendum on the issue. Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington, a large grassroots network of Catholics who support the rights of lesbian and gay couples to marry are countering this effort by asking their members to distribute an alternative brochure outside their churches today.
In the brochure, Love Overcomes Fear, they stress Catholic social teaching about the dignity of each human being and Jesus’ message of love for all.
“We are shocked when we read the language and examples used by our bishops to incite fear in our Catholic brothers and sisters if Referendum 74 passes. The message of Jesus is love and compassion, not fear,” said Kirby Brown, of Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington (CFMEWA).
“While many pastors and their parish ministry teams may not use what the Bishops are sending them, remember we, the laity, are the Catholic voice of support for marriage equality in our state. We are the Church. “Let’s use our voice!” said Brown.
You can read the bishops’ two bulletin inserts, a Q & A sheet and a list of supposed consequences of legalizing marriage equality by clicking here.
You can read the CFMEWA brochure by clicking here. For a high-quality copy of this handout, email email@example.com.
CFMEWA is also encouraging members to attend three upcoming events which are of interest to Catholics who support LGBT issues:
Jamie Manson, The Church at a Crossroads
Jamie Manson, a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, will be at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on Capitol Hill in Seattle on Sunday, October 14, 1 – 4 PM. Jamie will lead a dialogue about the crises facing the Catholic Church in the U.S. and in a search for signs of hope in this challenging climate. (The cost is $25 at the door. Please rsvp to Call to Action Western Washington, Betty Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org)
People of Faith Singing A Gospel Concert for Marriage Equality
A participatory concert at Seattle First Baptist, 1111 Harvard Avenue. Come and sing! Come and be inspired! Come and commit to Washington United for Marriage. Sunday, October 14,from 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Goodwill offering goes to Washington United for Marriage)
Sisters & Brothers in Christ: Faith Journey of LGBT Catholics
On Thursday October 18th from 7 – 9 PM, St. Joseph Parish in Seattle offers a panel presentation of personal stories about how some St. Joe’s parishioners who are gay and lesbian, as well as family members and straight supportive friends live lives of faith. The panel will be followed by an open community discussion, conversation and refreshments.
For more information on these events, contact email@example.com
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry