John M. Becker

New MA Catholic Bishop: Marriage Equality Linked to Social Disintegration

Filed By John M. Becker | August 26, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

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Tags: Catholic attacks on LGBT rights, Catholic Church, Catholicism, gay marriage, marriage equality, Massachusetts, Roman Catholic Church, same-sex marriage

"[Today's] crime, drugs, general lack of respect for one another, is really based on in the disintegration of family life.

"What we offer as Catholics is to strengthen the family as the basis of society. When there is a solid family life, there is less likelihood of crime, there is less likelihood of drug use. The children grow up with a solid foundation. And that is a foundation they can take all through their lives. And, as a Church, what we are saying is that God made us male and female, and that the institution of marriage is so crucial. It is a sacrament of the Church, if the sacrament is well lived, then the children and future generations will benefit."

-- Mitchell Rozanski, the new Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts, heeding Pope Francis's call to stop obsessing over same-sex marriage tortuously and falsely linking same-sex marriage with social ills like crime and drug use. Bishop Rozanski was answering a question about whether the Catholic Church's failure to report pedophile priests "contributed to a lessening of its influence on secular society."

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