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Catholic Senator Bob Casey "Evolves" on Gay Marriage, Bishop Bambera Speaks Out

Just last year, Bob Casey ran for re-election as a pro-marriage senator. Now, the Catholic senator from Pennsylvania, has "evolved" on the issue and is now in line with his party by declaring he's pro-gay marriage . Wonder if this has anything to do with recent polls shifting towards gay marriage.

This is hardly stunning coming from Casey who swore all over the state that he was a devout Catholic and pro-life like his father, the late Governor Bob Casey. The "pro-life" Casey has repeatedly betrayed the unborn both with his vote for Obamacare and repeated votes to fund Planned Parenthood. If someone is willing to turn their backs on the issue of life, marriage isn't that big of a deal.

Casey's statement, according to The Inquirer, seemed to argue that gay marriage will help strengthen marriage:

"If two people of the same sex fall in love and want to marry, why would our government stand in their way?" Casey said in a statement that included "support for marriage equality."

"At a time when many Americans lament a lack of commitment in our society between married men and women, why would we want less commitment and fewer strong marriages?" he said.

The Bishop of Scranton Joseph Bambera released a statement on Senator Casey's stance on gay marriage stating:
Pennsylvania’s senior United States Senator, Robert Casey issued a statement supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples and asserting his belief that the Defense of Marriage Act should be repealed. In so doing, Senator Casey has unfortunately and disappointingly set aside the Catholic belief and teaching that the sacrament of marriage, rooted in the natural law, is a faithful, exclusive, lifelong, loving union of a man and a woman open to the transmission of human life. The dual purpose of marriage: the unity and love of a man and a woman, and procreation has been rooted in human history long before any religion, nation or law was established. Senator Casey’s position is contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church.

While the Church has been and continues to be clear in its long standing teaching on marriage, its defense of marriage should not be interpreted as an attack on individuals with same sex attractions. The Church likewise has proclaimed since its beginnings that every person has an inherent dignity. Like all human beings, our lesbian or gay sisters and brothers are beloved children of God. As a result, the Catholic Church affirms that they “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in this regard should be avoided” [Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 2358]. Clearly, the Church asserts that the fundamental human rights of all persons must be defended, and encourages the elimination of any form of injustice, oppression, or violence against all people, regardless of sexual orientation.
That's a pretty strongly worded statement. Let's all keep our eye on what comes next, if anything.

One interesting note here from the Inquirer's story on Casey's evolution on this issue is how they describe Casey. Check it out and see if you pick up on it:
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey said Monday that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his position and joining a long line of Democrats who have changed their minds on an issue that has seen a rapid shift in public opinion.

Casey, a moderate Democrat on social issues and a pro-life Catholic, said letters from constituents had "a substantial" impact on his views. He singled out one in which a woman with two children and an 18-year-long relationship said she wanted her family to be treated "equally and with respect."
Yup. A news source described a politician as being "pro-life." Can you believe it? I thought that was verboten. So I guess the only way to be called "pro-life" by the media is to not be pro-life. Oh, and be a Democrat.


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Fr Bill Peckman said...

evolve? To quote the Princess Bride,"You keep using that word, I do think it means what you think it means."

Lynda said...

This is intellectual and moral regression. And persons ought not to be dubbed as "gay" or "lesbian". There is no inherent characteristic of a person that tends towards a disordered desire.

Michael Seagriff said...

Let's pray that every other Bishop who has dissenting Catholic politicians and other public figures in his Diocese, will follow Bishop Bambera's example and publicly correct the errant Catholic and instruct the rest of the faithful in God's truth!


Anonymous said...

Strongly worded statement?

It is not a bad statement, but it is missing one important thing...

He is a Catholic public official who knows full well he is violating Church teaching. A strongly worded statement would include the invoking of Canon 915.

Nathan said...

I live in PA and just contacted the senator to infirm him he has lost my vote. Thanks for the article!

Magdalene said...

Selling your soul....

Dawn said...

Casey is as pro-life as Biden and Pelosi. Bishop Bambera is my bishop, this is about all you're going to see on the matter. No application of canon 915 will be forthcoming.

Anonymous said...

Contra Bambera, until 50 years ago the Church always favored "oppression" against manifest unrepentant sinners who were gravely wounding the body of Christ (see Acts of the Apostles, etc). This includes divorce, abortion, all forms of fornication, etc. I would hope my community would oppress me if I attempted to leave my wife and kids, frequent a strip club, attend a KKK rally, engage in predatory lending etc. Oppression works pretty well, which is why once you legalize something and remove social stigmas (divorce, abortion, sodomy, pornography, contraception) the rates of the behavior skyrocket. Secular liberalism is from hell, and I hope more and more catholics (especially clergy) begin to realize this and stop thinking like americans.

Howard said...

I'm getting tired of how every statement of opposition to homosexuality has to be accompanied by a near-apology: "It's not that we don't like you, really it's not. We like you a lot. We really hope you like us, too." You never, repeat never, find Christ talking this way in the Gospels. He is merciful to sinners (which is the only hope for any of us!), but He never adds a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.

Anonymous said...

Bishop Bambera makes a clear statement on what the sacrament of marriage means. Is Senator Casey arguing for changing the definition of the sacrement or is he arguing for changing what the government will recognize as a marriage? I still get confused on this. The government already recognizes marriages that our church doesn't (e.g. divorced person remarrying).

Grey Bear said...

What did you expect ? Casey does as his party-of-death tells him ! His Father would be ashamed of him & what he stands for.

Linda from PA said...

Linda said...

I am a Catholic in the Diocese of Scranton. Bishop Bambera, I pray you will also remind Senator Casey that he is in a state of mortal sin and should not present himself for Communion, in accord with Canon law and the Catechism. I would expect that all priests in our Diocese will be told not to give Communion to Senator Casey until he makes a public statement that is in accord with Church teaching.I also pray Sen. Casey repents, and comes back into communion with the Church.

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