Social Media Counteracts U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Trinity Sunday Campaign Against Marriage Equality

Equally Blessed, a coalition of four national Catholic organizations which work for LGBT equality and justice in church and society, has launched a social media campaign this weekend to counteract a public relations blitz that the U.S. Catholic bishops have staged to encourage parishioners to oppose marriage equality.

Trinity Sunday Image (1)The Equally Blessed campaign asks Catholics who support marriage equality to voice their concerns about the bishops’ initiatives to their pastors and other parishioners.  To the right is the image which will be circulated on social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.

The U.S. Catholic bishops have chosen Trinity Sunday to distribute bulletin inserts opposing marriage equality, provide parishes with talking points about how to argue against marriage equality, and offer priests homily suggestions for how to discuss the question of marriage within the context of Trinity Sunday.

Equally Blessed is also asking people to inform them of any action that was taken to counteract the bishops’ materials. You can contact Equally Blessed by clicking here.

The four members of Equally Blessed are Call To Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, and New Ways Ministry.

New Ways Ministry encourages you to share the above image on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts.

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry

4 replies
  1. tomfluce
    tomfluce says:

    O.K. Frank, I think this is the last time I’ll put in my pitch for changing the approach to the battle. Unless I get some signal from New Ways and the Equally Blessed folks. You are my only personal connection with the LGBT movement.

    The daily reports about people who have been fired for same sex marriage, and now the campaign to counter the Bishops’ campaign, are testimony to our stick-to-itiveness. But as I’ve been trying to get out there on the hustings, the hierarchy, however much they will say and actually do to promote tolerance, respect for us, have their hands tied by the dogmatic issue. They simply can’t go against doctrine in this case just as they couldn’t for any other.

    The church that champions dogma about social justice and all the other basic values which the world esteems, is also committed to the dogma around human sexuality. Homosexuality is one of those tenets that a large part, not just “hierarchy” want to uphold. So why not get going on a 21st way to start dealing with dissent. How much angst and money could be saved if we –a majority it is reported–simply “came out” in our parishes/dioceses and proposed the Galileo Reconciliation Commission? GRC.

    Yeah, what are we doing with firings, anathemas, bad mouthing from the pulpits and conservative blogs/newspapers? Use the moral argument that not only should we be “tolerating”, “respecting”, “loving” our LGBT folk, we should be insisting on changing the doctrine that is at the basis of this controversy. Spend money promoting the GRC! No more persecution–from one side or the other–bad mouthing, whatever. Stop the hurt now and get to work on the doctrinal change. Get petitions going about this–and make sure that we supporters are “out” and will sit down with our sister and brother baptized who genuinely oppose us. Tom Luce

  2. tomfluce
    tomfluce says:

    Oh oh, I forgot to mention receipt of a personal letter from a member of the hierarchy from my seminary days. I had written a personal letter to him about the position of the US Bishops. The points in the letter are: 1)the issue is not “rights” if the right to maintain orthodox doctrine is not included; 2)”gay culture” goes way beyond the respect for the dignity of every human being that everyone is entitled to. So there is a pretty clear basis for their position. #1 could be better dealt with if we work at changing the doctrine. #2 is more difficult because it involves dealing with the issues of norms for LGBT Catholics–a delicate separation from the stereotype images that are out there, stereotypes to be sure, but also very controversial that are visible from gay pride and other activities. In other words not all “gay” activities are acceptable. We have to be willing to deal with this just as S.I.E.C.U.S and the UCC/UU sex ed people have done.

  3. Claressa
    Claressa says:

    Please, this hatred of gays has got to stop. Bishops,please look to the teachings of Jesus and stop excluding his gay children.


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