The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have condemned a group of Catholics resisting the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. MCC, an arm of the financial powerhouse coalition that has been pushing for the amendment, suggests Catholics for Marriage Equality MN is trying to mislead Catholics on Church doctrine:
A group calling itself “Catholics for Marriage Equality MN” seeks to confuse Catholics and the public about authentic Church teaching related to matters of marriage and sexuality. [...] The Archdiocese asks that Catholics avoid associating themselves with this group, and not be deceived by its messages, which are in conflict with the fundamental teachings of the Church. [...] “Catholics for Marriage Equality MN” attempts to convince Catholics that they can be in good standing with the Church and oppose Church teaching about human sexuality and marriage, which centers on the complementarity of the sexes and the mutual self-gift of loving spouses in marital union.
But the Catholic Church is not speaking on behalf of its membership. In fact, if supporters of marriage equality were truly not “in good standing” with the Church, the Church would lose over half its membership:
- March, 2011: 53 percent of white Catholics support marriage equality.
- March, 2011: 74 percent of Catholics favor legally recognizing same-sex relationships.
- July, 2011: 59 percent of Catholics support New York’s marriage equality law.
- August, 2010: 63 percent of Rhode Island Catholics support marriage equality.
Not only is the MCC alienating many of its own members, it is simultaneously demonstrating how anti-gay it is as well. In a separate statement, MCC spokesman Jason Adkins called for all Catholics to respect people “struggling with same-sex attraction” by calling on them to “exercise chastity.” In other words, the only way gays can redeem themselves is to completely abandon any sexual or romantic life. Now that is “loving support.”