Irish Bishops urged to safeguard marriage as they safeguard lay Church roles against LGBT activism
As it has been reported in the national press in Ireland, a lesbian couple (Jacinta O'Donnell and Geraldine Flanagan) in Athy, who had first decided to step-down from leaderships roles in the Choir and as Eucharistic Minister, have now been asked to return to their leadership roles in St Michael's parish, in spite of the fact that they were civilly "married" last July, and in spite of the fact that this union is not only against Church teaching, but also against the Gospel message - which admits marriage as only between one man and one woman.
And, now, the layman who first brought this irregularity to the attention of the couple and to Church authorities, Mr Anthony Murphy, has received death threats and been subject to other forms of intimidation.
Mr Murphy, who is a member of the parish, as well as being the editor of a national Catholic paper, the Catholic Voice, told The Irish Times: "This was never about asking Jacinta and Geraldine not to sing in the choir. It’s not about sexual orientation...People can strongly disagree with what I have said, however I ask people to look at which side the real hate is coming from."
In fact, Mr Murphy was advised by gardaí [the Irish police service] not to attend this past Sunday's Mass for, "[his] own personal safety".
This petition, which is not a personal attack on Ms O'Donnell or Ms Flanagan, is, rather, an effort to redress this situation, by asking that the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference issue guidelines which, in light of the Same-sex "Marriage" Referendum last year, would be designed to safeguard the institution of marriage as between one man and one woman, by safeguarding leadership roles in the Church - reserving them for people who observe the Church's teaching on marriage in their private lives.
Most reasonable people understand that the Catholic Church's constant teaching on marriage has been to admit only marriage as between one man and one woman. Most reasonable people also understand that the Catholic Church simply cannot change its teaching to suit the spirit of the times.
Additionally, most reasonable people can understand that it is a contradiction to hold public, leadership positions in the institutional Church, while at the same time as leading private lives in direct opposition to the teaching of the Church.
In other places around the world, notably in the US after the Obergefell judgement by the US Supreme Court, which made same-sex "marriage" legal in all 50 states, Catholic Bishops have issued guidelines to ensure that positions of leadership in the Church, as well as Church facilities, do not lend themselves to a misinterpretation of the Church's teaching on marriage. These guidelines have sought to ensure that the Church did not give tacit approval for same-sex "marriage" where members of the laity, in leadership positions, are concerned.
This petition asks the Irish Bishops to adopt similar measures. Thank you for signing!
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