Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Diocese of Portland has chided The New York Times for reporting that the Roman Catholic Church in Maine will be less active in opposing a ballot question which would legalize gay marriage in the state.
In a letter to the editor, Malone gave his side of the story.
“Second Time Around, Hope for Gay Marriage in Maine (news article, June 25) says 'the Roman Catholic Church plans to be less active than it was in 2009, when church officials were criticized for being too involved.'”
“I have not backed down in the church's defense of marriage. Although not a member of the current political action committee, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is playing a crucial role in November's vote, launching a communication and educational effort based on my pastoral letter,” Malone wrote.
“This document is intended to educate all people of good will about the truth and beauty of marriage as it has been preserved for millenniums by society and various religions.”
“Objectively, the essence of marriage can only be the union of one man and one woman open to the new life of children, whom they nurture in their irreplaceable roles as father and mother. Faithful Catholics will continue to defend God’s plan for marriage through its preaching and teaching and in the public square.”
Malone announced in March that the Catholic church would not campaign against the fall ballot question, opting instead to teach Catholics about how it defines marriage.
Source: On Top Magazine