Systemic, structural inequalities, elected Catholic “leaders” like John Boehner and Paul Ryan whose policies benefit big business at the expense of the poor; bigotry from the bench (like the pronouncements of Catholic Supreme Court judge, Antonin Scalia); public officials (like Catholic governor Bobby Jindal in Louisiana who withhold healthcare from the poor and needy); hypocrisy from thrice-married Catholic convert and TV oracle on morality, Newt Gingrich; Catholic politicians who vote AGAINST pay parity for women or raising the minimum wage so that people can make enough to feed their families: at home and abroad, there is no shortage of issues that call for the clergy to forcefully remind us of what Jesus taught us. People in the pews would welcome a return to the Gospel of peace and justice Jesus left us, and the retirement of diatribes on sexual behavior.
Catholics in Ireland walked out of Mass recently after a priest made prejudiced and personal attacks during a homily against marriage equality, about which the Irish are set to vote in a referendum later this spring.
Fr. John Britto, a Carmelite from India, encouraged parishioners at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Annagry, County Donegal, to deny same-gender couples the right to marry by voting ‘No.’ He also attacked local Gaelic footballer Eamon McGee, who has publicly supported the ‘Yes’ campaign, recently telling the Irish Examiner:
” ‘I don’t know would I be more ashamed that I didn’t vote or the fact I voted against it. It comes down to equality and one less difference in society…It’s not that I have any friends who are gay or any close family members but it’s a social issue.’ “
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