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posted Friday, August 12, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 33
Biden vs. the bishops
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Biden vs. the bishops

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Three prominent Catholic bishops have written a blog post scolding Vice President Joe Biden for officiating at a Gay wedding on August 1.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, and Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo criticized the vice president, who is Catholic, on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website.

'When a prominent Catholic politician publicly and voluntarily officiates at a ceremony to solemnize the relationship of two people of the same sex, confusion arises regarding Catholic teaching on marriage and the corresponding moral obligations of Catholics. What we see is a counterwitness, instead of a faithful one founded in the truth,' the bishops wrote.

'Pope Francis has been very clear in affirming the truth and constant teaching of the Church that same-sex relationships cannot be considered 'in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family,' they added.

'Laws that redefine marriage to deny its essential meaning are among those that Catholics must oppose, including in their application after they are passed.'

Biden, who famously jumped the gun on the Obama administration's endorsement of marriage equality in 2012, married two White House staffers, Brian Mosteller and Joe Mahshie. He then tweeted a photo of the event with the comment 'Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house. Couldn't be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys.'

The couple asked Biden to preside over the ceremony at his official Washington, DC, residence. He obtained a temporary certificate from the District of Columbia in order to perform the wedding.

Archbishop Kurtz is president of the USCCB, Wenski is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Malone is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth.

Kurtz and Wenski have been vocal opponents of same-sex marriage, Wenski even going to the extent of warning employees of his diocese against expressing sympathy for Gay and Lesbian couples. Malone is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization that has donated money to anti-equality ballot measures.

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