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The archbishop to excommunicate the governor?

Posted By Les Kinsolving On 08/22/2011 @ 2:06 pm In Commentary | Comments Disabled

“I have concluded,” wrote Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to Roman Catholic Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien of Baltimore, “that discriminating against individuals based on their sexual orientation in the context of civil marital rights is unjust.”

Think about that.

Among other alternative sexual orientations besides homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality and transsexuality – for which O’Malley now supports marriage – there are additional orientations, which he has not (yet) supported regarding marriage rights.

Has the governor of Maryland ever supported marriage rights for polygamists, polyandrists, necrophiliacs and sadomasochists?

If not, why not?

I am unaware if any of these four sexual orientations has the AIDS and syphilis rates of homosexuality – or that any of these orientations have O’Malley’s support for marriage.

Despite this, the governor wrote the archbishop:

“When shortcomings in our laws bring about a result that is unjust, I have a public obligation to try to change that injustice.”

In response to the governor’s very near accusation of his own archbishop of injustice, Archbishop O’Brien, in a letter last month, reminded O’Malley that sponsoring a bill for same-sex marriage would “deeply conflict” with O’Malley’s Catholic faith.

The Washington Post noted:

“O’Malley often attends weekday masses and has sent his four children to Catholic schools.” His archbishop wrote him:

“I am well aware that the recent events in New York have intensified pressure on you to lend your active support to legislation to redefine marriage. As advocates for the truths we are compelled to uphold, we speak with equal intensity and urgency in opposition to your promoting a goal so deeply conflicting with your faith, not to mention the best interests of our society.”

Think about that, too.

Should any member of the Roman Catholic Church – even the governor of a state – go theologically unpunished by his archbishop if, as O’Brien stated, he promotes “a goal so deeply conflicting with your faith, not to mention the best interests of our society”?

This very strong statement inevitably raises the question as to whether this strongly outspoken defender of the faith will allow this active Catholic layman and civil governor to continue receiving the holy sacrament – if O’Malley continues promoting “a goal so deeply conflicting with your faith.”

Or will the Baltimore archbishop excommunicate the governor of Maryland rather than allow him to continue receiving the sacrament while “deeply conflicting with your faith”?


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