27 June 2014

The Archdiocesan Response to Mayor Slay: Disappointed

Further to my earlier post on the Slay debacle, I wanted to make sure to publish the response of the local Church.

Here it is in full:


ST. LOUIS - The Archdiocese of St. Louis is disappointed in the decision by the City of St. Louis to grant civil marriage licenses to four same sex couples on Wednesday night. It is disheartening to see our wonderful city, named after the great Catholic civil leader St. King Louis IX, so eagerly cast aside the laws of our state and disregard the laws of nature. The fact is, the union of two men or the union of two women is not the same as the union of a woman and a man.

Loving a person does not mean accepting all their behaviors. The Church does not condemn individuals for having same-sex attraction. Persons who struggle with same-sex attraction must be loved with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. At the same time, the Catholic faith teaches that all people are called to responsibility regarding sexuality -- whether they are homosexual or heterosexual, priest or lay person. Part of that responsibility means understanding that sex is to be reserved for marriage, and that marriage between a man and a woman is the only kind of union from which children can come.

The Catholic faith teaches that we are defined by something far deeper than sexual orientation: we are defined by our identity as children of God. We agree with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when he said, ‘Every human being is loved by God the Father. No one need feel forgotten, for every name is written in the Lord’s loving heart.’ We encourage Catholics and all people of faith to pray that our culture will grow in the love of God, and that our actions and laws will respect the laws of nature and its creator.

Yes, I think we are all disappointed.

I will post any further statements that come from the Archdiocese on this matter. 

The St. Louis Review has run a story on the issue, using the statement above as its focal point. 

 Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!


Cbalducc said...

A lot of the Catholic hierarchy is in a "damned-if-they-do, damned-if-they-don't" position.

Long-Skirts said...

Timman said:

"But if "disappointment" is the only reaction to this act that we can only call "disheartening", then we should probably pack it in."

NEVER!! Christ didn't leave us orphans, follow the Priests who preserve the WHOLE Faith!!


And he rooted us
With an honorable people
Beneath Our Lord’s
Only steeple -

Our inheritance
Assembly filled
An abode of Saints
Bones crushed were thrilled -

When pearls of peace
Silver-sacraments plundered
From early bird song
Then thorn of thorns thundered -

Sheep struck by lightning
Bruised by hail
Submerged in a maelstrom’s
Violent gale -

But the thorn owned thunder
From above to quell -
Raining down what was given
And the thorn’s thunder rocked Hell!!

Sancte Pie Decime, Gloriose Patrone, Ora pro Nobis!

thetimman said...

Thank you for the comments. It is disheartening to say the least.

Pete said...

I agree that the "disappointing? and "disheartening" are disappointing and disheartening.

I do think, however, that the statement captured Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality well. I thought it did a good job in pointing out that heterosexuals and homosexuals are called to chastity and that intimate relations are for a man and woman as husband and wife. THis statement shows that the Church does not treat homosexuals differently from others in its call to holiness and on sexual morals.

Anonymous said...

Normally when someone breaks the law, there is a resulting action ... like arrest. When one breaks the law with such moxie and without consequence, especially when that one is sworn to uphold the law, the rule of law itself is undermined and denigrated.

Maybe something good will come from Koster's lawsuit though.

What's disheartening is that the Archdiocese mentions nothing of the sinful nature of Slay's actions as a Catholic (I assume he is Catholic) and that he puts himself in mortal danger of losing his own soul, but heck, that's old fashion medieval thinking, and besides ... and who are we to judge? God luv ya Frankie.


TradDadof4 said...

I want to complement all the commentors above on having done a great job of summing up this mess, in all its variety. I agree with every comment. It is a credit to Timman's blog that the commentors are set up like strings on a violin to play the beautiful music of Catholic truth.

I hesitate to add my own 2 cents, but here goes. Excommunication, yes. But there is a larger problem here. I recommend a Three Year Plan.

Year One: A year of preaching in which the Catholic theory of the State is preached from every pulpit, every Sunday.
Year Two: All Catholics must resign from political activity until a party consonant with the Catholic theory of the State is formed.
Year Three: Any Catholic politician working contrary to the Catholic moral norms would be excommunicated.

thetimman said...

Traddad is not on my payroll. Thanks, though!

Cathy D said...

This seems like a political stunt. Who and why would have Slay do this at this moment? Does the city really have the money to pick this particular battle?