Monday, December 7, 2009
Over 200 Catholics and Non-Catholics rally outside the Cathedral Basilica Nov 30th, 2009
Catholic Action Network, Holy Families Committee and Show Me No Hate will gather again in front of the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica Sunday December 13th and December 20th, Noon until 1:30pm. There are early Masses at the Cathedral at 8am and 10am, so showing up at 9am until 9:30pm is a nice time to educate those entering the Cathedral about Archbishop Carlson's recent actions.
Upset Catholics and non-Catholics tell Archbishop Carlson to end his hate of marriage equality.
Tim Townsend of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on November 11th broke the story how the St. Louis diocese funded an anti-gay marriage ballot measure in Maine. (See article - "Carlson tapped archdiocesan fund to fight gay marriage in Maine." at http://bit.ly/6nRyHV)
The local Catholic money was used to pay for a ballot measure called, "Question 1," that asked Maine voters if they should take away the right of lesbians and gays to legally marry in their State. Unlike Proposition 8 in California, the right of marriage was already granted to same-sex couples by the Maine legislature and signed into law by Maine's (who is Catholic) Governor John Baldacci. This was a measure to take-away rights already granted.
Make no doubt, Saint Louis Archbishop Carlson, along with dozens of Catholic Bishops across the United States donated over $180,000 to the Maine campaign that erased Maine's new Marriage Equality law; furthermore, they donated the money during a time when the Catholic Church is cutting, slashing and closing down parishes.
It's time for St. Louis Catholics and non-Catholics; gay and straight community; to come together and peacefully tell the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, that there are better uses for the local $10,000 Catholic dollars.