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Rhode Island Catholic bishop: Same-sex marriage is ‘immoral’ and a threat to ‘religious freedom’

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  1. Garry Cassell 7 Jan 2013, 5:28pm

    Why is it Catholic priest have a problem with same -sex marriage but at the same time Catholic priest enjoy same -sex sex..really can’t get enough…even to the point of raping little boys…So how can they be sending out such confusing and conflicking messages…they would love to marry their fellow priest….

    1. That There Other David 7 Jan 2013, 5:53pm

      A paedophile is neither straight nor gay, they are a child rapist.

    2. ...Paddyswurds 7 Jan 2013, 8:36pm

      Gay men do not rape children. Paedophiles do and to try connecting the two in your crude and illiterate way makes you as bad as this deluded priest in Rhode Island. Are you a troll for the roman Cult by any chance?

    3. ...Paddyswurds 7 Jan 2013, 8:37pm

      Gay men do not rape children. Paedophiles do and to try connecting the two in your crude and illiterate way makes you as bad as this deluded priest in Rhode Island. Are you a troll for the Roman Catholic Cult by any chance?

  2. midnighter 7 Jan 2013, 5:33pm

    I’d be outraged that these men in dresses felt entitled to make such comments whilst belonging to a cult riddled with child abusers, if I believed for one minute that the Catholic Church was anything other than a self serving institution interested only in power and greed.

  3. Scott Rose 7 Jan 2013, 5:35pm

    At the link below is a video of Adolf Hitler making various speeches, swearing that Jews will be exterminated. In the final segment, Hitler says that God will help to exterminate the Jews. Listen to that portion, however many times it takes for you to understand Vatican complicity in the Holocaust. Adolf Hitler was baptized as a Catholic. When he annexed Austria, he visited his mother’s grave in a Catholic cemetery and Catholic Church officials with swastika arm bands on their religious garb prayed with him. The Wehrmacht uniform belt buckle reads “Gott mit uns,” God is with us. The Vatican has excommunicated priests for suggesting that women should be ordained, but it has never excommunicated Hitler. The Vatican signed a political treaty with Hitler and participated with him in demonizing WWII-era homosexuals and getting them deported to concentration camps. Today, the Vatican continues to demonize gay people on the basis of scapegoating a minority, ignorance and hatred. Call your e

    1. Agreed. The nazis dehumanised Jews by calling them rats. Too many times recently I’ve heard so-called Christians, including the Pope, stating that gay people aren’t human. Christ never stood for all this hatred. The Poop isn’t a Christian he’s just a vicious old nazi.

  4. You choose your religion. You also choose to be a narrow minded bigot. The catholic church under this pope is being an extremist right wing organization the KKK against the LGBT community. All they need now is the white hoods and they will be rather happy.

    1. What is a bigot, and how are you any different? You’re not different, you just have a different target for your bigotry.

      1. calling a spade a spade is not bigotry…

  5. Scott Rose 7 Jan 2013, 5:35pm

    Call your elected officials and tell them you are outraged by Catholic “leaders” demonizing gays and politicking against LGBT equality.

  6. Equality only poses a threat to those who want to maintain their privilege. By denying marriage to same sex couples, marriage remains exclusive to heterosexual couples and the LGBTQ community remain disenfranchised. It’s a selfish need for superiority that stands in the way of same sex marriage expressed by individuals such as this; religion is just a framework through which to ‘justify’ their need.

    1. What makes you think you have a right to deny other people their privilege?

      Jealousy is not a good enough reason.

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 7 Jan 2013, 5:44pm

    Isn’t it interesting. All of these catholic bishops in whatever country are all reading the same script where equal marriage is on the horizon.

    If anything, the “catholic lifestyle”, a chosen one, is morally defective given his cult’s centuries old tradition of paedophilia and misogyny. How on earth does this abuse religious freedom? Nobody is forcing his vile cult to participate in same-sex marriage or recgonise them.

    So if he wants a referendum, what will he do if it yielded a result he didn’t like? What’s he going to do, issue excommunication threats to catholics who voted yes? What a moron.

    1. That There Other David 7 Jan 2013, 5:56pm

      Not really that interesting. There’s a central cancerous tumour generating all this guff, one which has nothing whatsoever to do with the message of love, peace and understanding that the Gospels contain.

      All that money and fine wine (provided by the world’s poor) has gone to their heads.

  8. He needs to get that crucifix out of his arse and try a nice big cock. It might make him a little less uptight and hateful.

    Sorry to be so crude but these idiots seem to think they’re free to spout their offensive crap to the world. So can I.

  9. Robert (Kettering) 7 Jan 2013, 5:47pm

    The only “religious freedom” this bigot and homophobe is bothered about is the “freedom” to insult and be evil to the LGBT community.

    By the way Bigot Thomas, to many the Roman Catholic Church is “immoral and unnesessary” – get your own house in order and stop protecting those paed0 priests before you insult law abiding citizens like myself!

    1. Gore Vidal said it best: “The Pilgrim Fathers didn’t come to America to be free from persecution, but to be free to persecute….”

  10. Daniel Moreau 7 Jan 2013, 5:48pm

    more and more nonsense being spread by the conventional clergy…this will end conventional religions…people will begin to search for their own spirituality and invent new ones…are they retarded or what?

    1. The Flying Spaghetti Monster.
      Have you been touched by his Noodly Appendage?

  11. catholicsm is like a blood clot. it kills the country where it has any power.

    1. Robert (Kettering) 7 Jan 2013, 6:04pm

      I agree, you have to ask yourself why it is Roman Catholic countries, like Italy, Spain and South American countries, are generally poorer, disorganised with poor human rights records. Whilst Protestant countries, like the UK, Australia, NZ, Holland etc etc, are much more liberated, modern and free thinkin.

      1. That There Other David 7 Jan 2013, 9:13pm

        Saying that, look at the list of countries that have or are openly debating marriage equality, and you’ll see Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Chile and France. All Catholic in heritage, yet all happily ignoring Ratzinger and his inner cabal of hypocrite charlatans.

        They don’t have nearly as much power as they’d have us all believe. It’s just a game of smoke and mirrors.

  12. Religious freedom !!!!! Give me a break!

  13. The Catholic Church is scared, it’s losing members daily and with attitudes like this they will lose more. I don’t understand how he considers this as a threat to religious freedom, it’s not like anyone is asking him if he wants to be their husband. Excuse me if I have a hard time accepting the words of a man who represents a church that was responsible for reshifting and providing massive cover ups for their pedophile priests. It’s time the church wakes up to equality for all.

  14. “immoral and unnecessary.”
    No, and no.

    “…equal marriage posed a threat to religious freedom.”

  15. Human rights > Religious rights

    That’s all.

    1. Human rights are a religion of their own. Minority groups have an almost religious devotion to human rights, despite there being no basis for them.

      1. immoral Ed 8 Jan 2013, 10:55pm

        Will the tables turn as religion continues to lose credibility in modern society? Already religion believes it should be afforded special privilege and exemption from law and legislation that others have to abide by.

  16. Har Davids 7 Jan 2013, 6:32pm

    So far, these robed bigots can spout their nonsense without any serious journalist or politician questioning them. It shouldn’t be too difficult for the bishop to explain why same-sex marriage is a threat to religious freedom? Or am I being skeptic by thinking it’s all got to do with power the churches are losing, because they can’t get away any more with “Because we say so”? A world without religion, it might be worth a try.

    1. Marie Smith 7 Jan 2013, 7:03pm

      So True!! It’s ‘do as I say, not as I do’ to them

    2. If there’s no religion, you can’t use moral grounds to argue in favour of same-sex marriage, since there’s no basis for morality without religion.

      1. immoral Ed 8 Jan 2013, 7:57pm

        Rubbish. While a person can attribute moral doing to their religiosity, it is not a given that morals are only present because of religion.

  17. Urgent! Top-Priority Communique from Pope of Rome to Rhode Island Catholic Bishop:

    You must do everyzink you possibly can, everyzink under ze sun and ze moon, to STOP ziss Same-Zex Marriage!

    If you fail to stop ziss Same-Zex Marriage in UK, you vill be responsible for failure of Katolic church throughout all ze vorld!

    Ve vill completely loose our POWER!

    You have ze full permission of all your brothers of ze Vatican to zay and to do votever you vish!

    Just do NOT fail!

    Yours most humbly in Christ,

  18. The laws on same sex marriage are only a threat to religious freedom in that the current laws prevent churches that want to perform same sex marriage from being able to perform them. The religious freedom of the Catholic church to be a bigoted, hateful, homophobic, misogynist nest of hypocrites is not threatened at all. All they have to do is refuse to perform same sex marriages and job done. It’s none of their business.

  19. Yup, they are definitely on a rota. Clearly under instructions from on high. The RC church really is the closest thing to the N@zi party in existence today.

  20. For me, separation of Church and State means that the Roman Catholic Church cannot tell non-members whom they can and cannot marry. It also means that non-members cannot tell the Roman Catholic Church who can marry within the church and who cannot. Simple. So why is the Roman Catholic Church concerned about this issue?

    Then it occurred to me that there are members of the church who support same sex marriage and if same sex marriage is accepted outside the church, they will push for it to be accepted within the church – and leave if the Roman Catholic Church fails to respond.
    In short, they are concerned because they are losing control over their members, they are losing their power and they know it.

    1. Christopher Hobe Morrison 7 Jan 2013, 8:29pm

      This is true. There are many, many Catholics who support gay rights but stay with their church because it seems easier than leaving it and alienating their friends. It may turn out that their friends and family have come farther than they know, and it may turn out that there is a certain point at which they will all realize this. At that point they will turn on the bigots that run the church and will allow more sensible people to run things. Of course it may turn out not to be that way, that the bigots speak for the majority. But it’s necessary to always have a certain amount of faith in human beings to do the right thing even if they have tried everything else first. This goes for the other religions as well. People must speak the truth, if possible without unnecessarily alienating people, but above all it must be the truth. People are beginning to see that gays are human beings just like they are and deserve to be treated with respect and love too.

      1. Christopher Hobe Morrison 7 Jan 2013, 8:31pm

        Those who do otherwise are only bringing their religious authority into disrepute.

      2. You can treat someone with respect and love without condoning their immoral and self-destructive behaviour. In fact, it’s your duty if you really respect and love them.

        1. immoral Ed 8 Jan 2013, 10:40pm

          This is indeed true, and why despite the oppressive and destructive behaviour of religion towards those who do not fit their belief system, I will continue to respect those who feel they need religion to guide them.

  21. Joyce Shannon 7 Jan 2013, 6:58pm

    LOL! No one is threatening religious freedom. And no one should have to conform to another person’s beliefs.

  22. How utterly untrue and disingenuous! The fact of the matter is CURRENT marriage laws actually violate religious freedom because it doesn’t allow pro-marriage-equality churches and individuals to legally marry gay couples whereas the proposed law would allow that while protecting anti-marriage-equality churches right to refuse them.

    Now which REALLY violates religious freedom?

  23. Bitch please.. stop acting like you own marriage.

  24. By religions freedom, he means the right to be an idiot bigot unchallenged.

  25. Jen Marcus 7 Jan 2013, 10:19pm

    The only thing immoral is the toxic pontifications spewing from the intrinsically disordered Roman Catholic hierarchy!

  26. Yet again, the Catholic brigade is in turmoil over the mere thought of two people being in a same sex relationship.

    Does it really matter if your religious freedom is impinged by the fact two people of the same sex want to marry? Does it really matter? Not one Iota.

    Reel your neck in and STFU.

  27. “Catholic baiting is the anti-Semitism of the liberals.”

  28. Lieberdavid 8 Jan 2013, 1:50am

    What is morality but prejudice?

  29. Like Catholic Priest raping and abusing children or killing women for being Witches or burning people for being heretics or inquisitions that killed countless millions of people is not immoral. The Catholic Church has been and is a bigger threat to our freedoms today.

    1. Historically, the term “witch” was gender neutral and both men and women were tried for witchcraft. The idea that it was a Patriarchal conspiracy to oppress “womyn” was something the feminists invented to join the other minorities in wallowing in their own victimhood.

      You forgot to mention Galileo and Giordano Bruno specifically. They’re usually the two people most commonly hijacked by Professional Atheists and used as examples of atheist martyrs, despite both of them being devout Christians. .

      1. immoral Ed 8 Jan 2013, 11:07pm

        Lets not detract from the point that morality as perceived by many differing religions has and will continue to be the biggest cause of conflict and oppression in the world. While in general most religious followers are less narrow minded it cannot be ignored that there are those that choose to use religion to manipulate those weaker of mind. This is why many of the hate mongering extremist preachers of the USA have turned to the poorer countries of Africa to spread their misguided and extreme religious viewpoints.

  30. GingerlyColors 8 Jan 2013, 7:05am

    Oh, for goodness sake, I wish those Catholic bishops change the record. It is getting rather boring now and unless any of them have anything original to say then I don’t see why Pink News should bother reporting it.

    1. I don’t get the obsession either. I think if the Catholic church didn’t exist, the gay community would have to invent them. They need someone to hate but they don’t have the courage to confront Muslims, who’d actually fight back, so they go after the easy target instead.

  31. Yes, depressingly familiar. Yet another bishop who thinks gay marriage will precipitate the end of the world. I am a gay Catholic, but can only continue to consider myself one by rejecting nearly ALL the teachings of the Church on sex: from masturbation, to pornography, to sex before marriage, to marriage, to birth control, to divorce, to homosexuality, etc. As with astronomy and biology historically, so with sexual morality now, the Church has to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world.

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