Catholic teachers unlikely to strike unionized jobs — “the Catholic bishops” who would be likely to strike are still “unlikely to strike,” writes Michael Chale, as we explain in an Aug. 15 article, “Catholic Bishop Says He Won’t Strike.”
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And yet the bishops continue to argue, as they have done in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. The bishops continue to claim that it is impossible to judge the law, the Church and the church alone, on these issues. Yet the church has always refused to recognize any sort of right to homosexuality as legitimate, and to defend that position today would make the church one바카라사이트 less organization that Catholics could count on in times of crisis. Catholic bishops’ silence, as the author has noted, is more significant than the bishops’ public statements. It means that they can keep saying that homosexuality is not a sin, but would have to pretend to say things the church does not mean, and which their own leadership has openly acknowledged — the doctrine of marriage only being an “inseparable union under God,” and a “natural and proper” human relationship. These positions are indefensible, both for Catholic doctrine and Catholic practice. The most powerful force in American society can’t take on someone who’s saying that he doesn’t accept those truths that the church holds; he’d have to take a stand, which his refusal to do so could not be sustained.
In our interview with Mark Kallman, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, we asked him about the bishops’ efforts, particularly his comments last week in which he described his desire to see the Church not only in the public square but in the public square at some other time and in a different setting, but he also said that bishops had tried to “defend” marriage for some time. And although many conservatives are in favor of gay marriage, the bishops are not as supportive. But on Sept. 28 at a conference held in Indianapolis, Bishop Charles Chaput of the Diocese of Kansas City — “former head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,” one conservative publication called him