Bishop urges Catholics to oppose domestic registry - Update includes letter

The leader of the Toledo Catholic Diocese urged parishioners today to oppose the creation of a registry for unmarried partners in the City of Toledo.

The ordinance, approved in 10-2 vote by City Council last week, would allow any same-sex couples, as well as heterosexual couples, to register as "domestic partners." It awaits Mayor Carty Finkbeiner’s signature.

A statement issued by Bishop Leonard P. Blair, read in churches throughout Lucas County this morning, said: "We ought not to be encouraging cohabitation by giving it legal recognition as an alternative to marriage."

November 16, 2007

Dear Friends in Christ,

This past week the Bishops of the United States gathered in Baltimore for their annual meeting. It was an occasion for us to reaffirm that as a requirement of our faith, the Church is obliged to participate “in shaping the moral character of society,” and that every faithful Catholic is obliged to exercise good citizenship by participating in civic and political life. Our nation’s tradition of pluralism is enhanced, not threatened, when the Church and her individual members speak out on the basis of their faith convictions and their moral concerns.

Last week the Toledo City Council approved a “domestic partnership” ordinance by which legal recognition is given to non-marital relationships of adults of the same sex or of different sexes sharing a common residence. There is talk of this being adopted by Lucas County as well. As reported in the media (Toledo Blade, Nov. 14, 2007), the Toledo ordinance, and I quote, “received fast-paced consideration from a council that often subjects controversial measures to months of discussion.”

This is no surprise given the strong pressure in many sectors of our society, sometimes even contrary to the will of the people, to allow the state to redefine marriage or to confer all or some of the benefits of marriage on other relationships. You will recall that in 2004 Ohio voters approved a Defense of Marriage amendment which defines marriage as a union strictly between a man and a woman.

Not only religious faith, but also human reason, tell us that the way to move our community forward is to strengthen the institution of marriage, not weaken it by giving legal standing to lifestyles that are not in keeping with the God-given meaning and purpose of marriage.

Marriage is the basis of the family and the protective haven for children, who are the real key to future economic and social well-being for our community. Cohabitation is ten times more common than in 1960, yet the social sciences show that cohabitation is not healthy for children or adults. We ought not to be encouraging cohabitation by giving it legal recognition as an alternative to marriage. The same can be said for the crisis of meaning that arises for marriage and family when the state seeks to redefine them as privatized relationships aimed at adult fulfillment and separated from the procreation and nurturing of children.

Our defense of marriage is meant to focus primarily on the fundamental importance of marriage for children, families and society, not on homosexuality or other matters. I ask you to join me in opposing measures like the domestic partnership registry, particularly when there is little time for public discussion. For a copy of this letter and more detailed information, you can turn to our diocesan website:

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Defender of both the sanctity of marriage and pedophilia in the greater toledo area.

just catholics. Its all Bible believing faiths who adhere to the opposition of homosexuality. Baptist, Methodists, Presbyterians, etc. Also, Muslims, Buddhists, and most major faiths of the world.

Sure and yet we hear most of the noise about the issue mainly from one group of leaders that seems to feel they have all the answers to all the worlds trouble.

When was the last time we saw the Dali Lama on TV or read about his stance on protesting domestic registries in news reports?

I doubt it did much good but I called the city hall number (936-2020) to say I hoped that the mayor didn't allow the catholics to make up his mind for him and that he let this pass.
I don't need the catholic church telling me whats moral or not.

And what may I ask who you receive your moral guidance from? The Catholic Church has every right to voice its concern regarding anything that it deems immoral.

"All evil and unhappiness in this world comes from the I-concept."

"All evil and unhappiness in this world comes from the I-concept."

"Dear friends in Christ"? The Christ I know would take him and his fancy robes and toss them out of His church. I worked in the Roman Catholic Church for almost twenty years. I will readily admit that it was a pleasant corporation to work for and many individual church members were practicing Christians. The administrators were more concerned with administrative and political matters and maintaining authority.

"As a requirement of our faith, the Church is obliged to participate "in shaping the moral character of society." What a crock. Most of the country really knows how the priesthood has contributed to society. Let's tell the whole story. There are priests and nuns who are addicted to smoking, drinking and they participate in extramarital sex among themselfs,both hetero and homo. The best words to describe these people? "Human Beings". To be fair, I cannot say how pervasive these behaviors are but they do exisr.

The people of the church should take control of their church and live there lives as Jesus exemplified and tell the Pope and his crew to take a leap. Unfortunately, this will never happen.

When the Catholic Church can keep priests from sticking their dicks in the asses of little boys they can talk. Till then, they should shut the fuck up.

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