Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD.
– Genesis 13:13
Hear that? No? It's the sound of silence. This is the tactic of Archbishop Dolan to combat "homosexual marriage".
This might work in an argument with your husband or wife, but in politics... I don't think so.
On July 24 "homosexual marriage" in New York was made official. Officially the NY bishops seem not to have noticed.
While Mayor Bloomberg staged a huge PR promo at NY taxpayer expense on Sunday, the NY Church remained mute.
Senator Diaz has chided New York City Mayor Bloomberg for making special concessions for gay marriages. "In a city where teachers and public employees are being laid off, and fire houses are being closed for lack of funds, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to spend city funds to have government offices open on a Sunday to perform same-sex weddings," the Bronx senator said last week.There was a rally that same day organized by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to spearhead the movement to overturn "homosexual marriage" in New York. Senator Ruben Diaz (who is also an evangelical minister) sent a personal invitation to Archbishops Dolan and DiMarzio. There was no RSVP.
Not a word has been mentioned about denying Communion to Catholic Andrew Cuomo. More of the silent treatment.
While pro-Life politicians like evangelist Christian Michele Bachmann boldly confront the culture of death, the NY Church seems to have forgotten the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II, "Be not afraid!"
Abp. Dolan may have bigger problems in the near future. The whole Irish sex abuse scandal may be about to blow up in his face. They are really, really angry at the Church for covering up crimes in the past and Irish politicians are retaliating. Dolan was part of the Apostolic Visitation to the Church in Ireland which was supposed to address the issue of coverups among other things. I would think that the Irish government would want to know exactly what Abp. Dolan discussed during the Visitation over beer and Jameson.
I don't want to seem to be going all Maureen Dowd on you, but for your information Archbishop the silent treatment is no longer considered acceptable. It is not acceptable when it comes to sexual abuse by members of the clergy, nor is it acceptable when responding to political issues that affect the very life of the Church.
If you are not with us, then you are against us. (Matthew 12:30) If you are for us, then in the name of Jesus speak up!
For truly in this city there were gathered together against thy holy servant Jesus, whom thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel.... And now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness.... And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
– Acts 4:27,29,31