Nearly Two-Thirds of American Catholics Support Gay Marriage, Poll Shows

Categories: LGBT, Religion

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Archbishop Cordileone is just one sign of the Church's disconnect with Catholics on the gorund.
The Catholic Church has long had a reputation for its socially conservative doctrines. This tradition, though, has apparently not kept pace with the beliefs of its American followers, particularly when it comes to gay marriage. According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, 62 percent of American Catholics think that same-sex marriage should be legalized, a rate 9 percent higher than the general population.

That's quite a liberal tilt for any demographic. Catholics, as a group, support gay marriage at a higher rate than Whites (47 percent), African Americans (51 percent), Hispanics (59 percent), Independents (55 percent), and Californians (61 percent).

Catholics' shift on gay marriage, though, has been lost on their religion's leadership -- a point best represented by the Vatican's decision to appoint one of the church's top anti-gay marriage advocates as the Archbishop of the San Francisco Archdiocese, of all places.

See Also: Salvatore Cordileone, San Francisco's New Archbishop, Helped Create Prop. 8

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Says Gay Marriage Is as Impossible as Men Breastfeeding

Salvatore Cordileone, who began his new job in October, helped create Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative banning gay marriage in California. He has also said things like:

"Legislating for the right for people of the same sex to marry is like legalising male breastfeeding."

And:

"The reality of marriage as the union of a mother and a father is grounded in our very biology."

After the Vatican named Cordileone to the post in July, some Catholics interpreted the decision as the church reaffirming its opposition to same-sex marriage: send the point-man in the church's battle against marriage equality to the city where the gay rights movement began.

But as the Times/CBS polls shows, the Cordileone appointment was simply another sign of an institution growing increasingly disconnected from its people. Seventy-eight percent of American Catholics say that they are more likely to follow their conscience than the pope's teachings when it comes to difficult moral decisions.

Gay marriage is just one part of the trend. Fifty-four percent of American Catholics would like to see "more liberal teachings" from the next pope. More than two-thirds think that women should be allowed to be priests and that priests should be allowed to get married. Nearly three-quarters think the next pope should be for "the use of artificial methods of birth control." And 91 percent think the new pope should support "the use of condoms to prevent the spread of H.I.V. and other diseases."

The respondents' sentiments are a condemnation of the officials at the top, but don't reflect how they feel about the faith leaders on the ground. More than half call the Catholic Church "out-of-touch with the needs of Catholics today," but 72 percent think their own parish priest is "in-touch" with those needs.




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DaneMuhlig
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God's Word is 100 perfectly clear.  It says Gay,
Homosexuality and Lesbianism is sin and Gays,
Homosexuals and Lesbians will not go to Heaven
...they will go to Hell. Read 1 Cor.6:9,10/Rev.21:8.
[Don't get mad at me...God said it, not me].

God's Word calls homosexuality degrading of the
body, shameful, indecent and perversion!!
Read Romans 1:24-32. Degrading! Shameful!
Indecent! perversion! [Not very "sweet" huh?]

"Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave
themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They
serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment
of Eternal Fire." Jude 7. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah
was homosexuality! According to God Gays, Homosexuals
and Lesbians are going to suffer the punishment of Eternal
Fire!! [Ouch! Bring a lot of suntan lotion! Ha!].

Jesus condemned homosexuality when speaking about
"sexual immorality" in Mk.7:21-23. This word sexual
immorality means, illicit [immoral, unethical] sex. Whether
it is prostitution-sex, adultery-sex, incest-sex, LESBIAN-sex
or HOMOSEXUALITY-sex. Jesus said sexual immorality
including homosexuality makes a man "unclean, defiled
and polluted!" Mk.7:23. [They are spiritually dirty! Yuk!].

Heb.13:4 says, "Keep the marriage bed undefiled,
uncontaminated, unsoiled, for God will judge the sexual
immoral." Jesus Christ defines marriage as between a man
and woman  "A man will leave his father and mother and
be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."
Mt.19:4-6. Notice not "a man should be united with a man"
or "a women be united with a woman." NO! God will judge
the sexual immoral.  Sexual immorality includes GAY,
HOMOSEXUALITY and LESBIANISM and because it is NOT
between a MAN and WOMAN who are married. [One man,
one woman. Not one man, one man or one man, four
men or one woman, one woman plus six more woman].
God set the rules and God will judge all sex outside of the
marriage bed! Keep the marriage bed uncontaminated.

No  one is born Gay, Homosexual or Lesbian anymore than
someone is born a child molester or born a murderer or born
a thief...IT IS A CHOICE! We are all born with a choice. People
CHOOSE RIGHT or WRONG! People choose to live for God or
for themselves and darkness! We all have the choice to choose!

Make a stand for what is right! Make a stand for what is good
and pure! Stand against those who promote what is perverted!
Stand against people who promote what is wrong and Leaders
who ignore God's written Word! You will be held accountable!

I love Gays, Homosexuals and Lesbians! They are welcome
in my house! [Just not in my bed! Ha!]. They are welcome
at my dinner table! I lay down my life for them!! I love them.
But I also love them enough to tell them the truth!
Love homosexuals with 100% love, love, love...but also tell
them the truth because the truth can set them free!! [Jn.8:32].

Gays, Homosexuals and Lesbians need to go back "into the
closet" and fall on their knees and wash their dirty hands and
perverted hearts and scream out to God for forgiveness and
freedom and RADICALLY SELL OUT THEIR SOULS and LIVES
to the living God...who loves them!

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