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Archbishop Decries Priest's Sermon on Same-Sex Marriage

"Preaching the word of God requires subordination of personal views to the word of God as taught by the Catholic Church," writes Archbishop William Lori.

A sermon in favor of same-sex marriage given by a Baltimore priest is being decried by Archbishop William Lori.

Fr. Richard T. Lawrence, a priest at St. Vincent de Paul church, gave the sermon with his own personal views this past week after reading a letter to the congregation from Lori on the same issue, according to the National Catholic Reporter.

The letter from Lori that Lawrence read asked Catholics "show up on election day and do our part by voting against Question 6," the Civil Marriage Protection Act," according to the report.

"It seems to me, therefore," Lawrence said, according to the National Catholic Reporter, "that even if we do not believe that gay marriage ever could or should be allowed in the church, we could live with a provision that allows civil marriage of gay and lesbian couples. Personally, however, I would go farther than that."

The online report said that Lawrence received a standing ovation from parishioners.

But Lori, in a statement published on the Archdiocese website, wrote that expressing such views was contrary to the role of priests.

"Preaching the word of God requires subordination of personal views to the word of God as taught by the Catholic Church. This was my promise when I became a priest, as it is the promise of every priest at his ordination," writes Lori.

"No bishop, priest or deacon has the right to use the pulpit to advance his personal opinions," Lori continues. "The pulpit is the place where the living word of God, as it comes to us through the teachings of the Church, is to be proclaimed and taught."

Lori does not mention Lawrence or reference the sermons directly.

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Billy 52 November 07, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Bigotry is intolerable but it's even more despicable when it's veiled as a "religious" belief.
Chuck Burton November 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
What business does the state have sticking its nose into human relations, anyway. I two (or maybe more) people want to share their lives, it is trheir personal business, and the state should butt out. If they want to "sanctify" the relationship, the chosen religious organisation can set its own rules, and the people can accept those rules or find another religion. Or simply realise it's all mythology, anyway.
Arbutus Town Crier November 09, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Good one Buzz! First is being an American-Free of Religions control, But yet Tolerance. The Country is not founded on Organized religion, but free to practice. One needs to be guided morals of good, The laws have been abused by the organized churches preaching politics then building a better human. The Church is wonder why attendance is down. their is a difference between an American Catholic and the Holy Roman Empire Roman Catholic. One follows The Vatican country.The American Catholic is free to decide and free to think for themselves.
Buzz Beeler November 09, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Thanks Arbtutus Town Crier. I was raised strict Catholic but when all of your parents friends are dying and I see the world the way it is it's hard to believe that the one who created and loves us would do that to is children. I would not act that way and I am far from being a God. Not one thing has changed about our behavior since the day Christ died on the crosss. I do respect it and the people that believe in it because it serves a purpose and provides comfort to those that do. I believe in myself family, (whats left) and friends. They don't turn their back on me.
Arbutus Town Crier November 09, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Death of a parent, and a birth of your child opens your eyes to reality

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