Many Catholics support Referendum 74

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I am a frequent visitor to Walla Walla because our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren live there. I read the Union-Bulletin whenever I visit and was very grateful to see your endorsement of Referendum 74.

Many Catholics in Walla Walla and around the state are deeply troubled by the actions of Washington state Catholic bishops regarding R-74. Over the last several months, our bishops have asked pastors to collect signatures to get the referendum on the ballot; speak out against its approval in their churches; include bulletin inserts that oppose the referendum; and even collect donations during Masses for Preserve Marriage Washington, the anti-Referendum 74 campaign.

Sadly, our bishops are promoting fear and division within our own communities.

Not all Catholics agree with the bishops on this matter. Polls show the majority of Catholics in Washington State will vote to approve R-74 in November.

Catholics support R-74 because it upholds the Gospel message that Jesus gave us: To love and treat each other with respect and equal value.

Jesus Himself did not distinguish among people based on their class, sex or social status. Because of this, Catholic support of marriage equality is stronger than any other Christian faith and is growing each year. More than three-quarters of young adult Catholics support marriage equality.

Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington includes Catholics from all over Washington state. We are rooted in the Gospel values of Jesus and Catholic social teaching. We take seriously the Catholic Church's teachings on the Primacy of Conscience. As Catholics, we are called to follow our conscience based on Scripture, tradition and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We know our responsibility is to vote according to our own conscience. No one can tell us how we must vote. The new marriage equality law does not redefine marriage. Marriage for all couples will continue to be about commitment, love, fidelity and family.

The approval of R-74 will expand the protection of civil marriage to all Washington families. Catholic religious freedom is absolutely protected by R-74.

It explicitly allows all faith leaders complete freedom to follow their conscience and the practices of their denominations.

We know tthe majority of Catholics in Washington state will vote to support R-74.

Why? Because Jesus and Catholic social teaching urge us to love all our neighbors and to seek the common good. The civilly recognized marriages of all who love each other will contribute to the common good of us all.

Kathy Morefield

Seattle

Comments

ahmanna 1 year, 5 months ago

I am very troubled when people who disagree with Catholic teaching presume to speak for Catholics. There are many people who identify as "Catholic" but who, ahem, rarely attend Mass and certainly do not bother studying theology. The right of conscience Moreland refers to also requires that the Catholic study church teaching in depth before deciding that his or her moral reasoning trumps that of the entire Church hierarchy. Here is what Bishop Cupich says about approving same-sex marriage: " But, what is lost? What is lost is any reference in the new law to marriage as that institution in society in which children are generated and nurtured in a family and learn about gender from the way it is lived by their mothers and fathers. The faithful monogamous marriage of a man and a woman will no longer be the legally established social standard by which children conceived have a mother and a father to raise them, and mothers and fathers take responsibility for the children that they create. Rather, the new law gives exclusive emphasis to a couple’s relationship, to the point that the needs and rights of children are subordinated in order to create a new legal entitlement for adults." Bishop Cupich does not, in this quote, go into the carefully reaosned theological reasons Catholics should oppose gay marriage, but I can tell you it is a whole lot more carefully reasoned than what Moreland put in her letter. Every Catholic I know disagrees with Moreland, who should not presume to speak for a majority.

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usnmustang 1 year, 5 months ago

I DOUBT SERIOUSLY THE RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS OF KATHY MOREFIELD. EITHER SHE IS A "HOLIDAY CATHOLIC" OR A "BIDEN CATHOLIC" THAT STUDIED THE CATHOLICISM SEVERAL DECADES AGO AND EVEN FORGOT THE VOWS TAKEN AT HER CONFIRMATION. IS SHE RELATED TO A WALLA WALLA STATE REPRESENTATIVE, BY CHANCE?

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oneStarman 1 year, 5 months ago

America's 57,000 Catholic Nuns have learned that the Vatican thinks their work Helping the Sick and Poor and Educating the Young should be subservient to advocating for the Policies of the Men in Dresses who hide the Priests who molest little boys. The corruption in the Vatican Bank; which Hides its affairs like Mitt Romney hides his Tax Returns and Off-shore accounts; is so secret that the Pope's Butler was locked in a Vatican dungeon for divulging records to the Italian Press. The NAZI Youth trained - former head of the office formally known as the Inquisition has chosen a Cadre of Cardinals to maintain his Borgia-Like legacy. Why should American Catholics follow an ANTI-POPE?

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namvet60 1 year, 5 months ago

Christians follow their faith - Socialists follow their leader Obama! I wonder why the Presidents college transcripts are sealed? Could he have been educated (I use that term loosely) under a foreign student program?

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