Catholic churches in Maine have become de facto campaign headquarters for the “Yes on 1” campaign. Yesterday, the Bishop delivered a taped message to his shrinking congregations and once again held collections to raise money for the anti-gay effort:
Kelly Maltz, a member of St. Paul the Apostle Parish and St. Matthews Church, is one of many area Catholics who responded to Bishop Richard J. Malone’s plea at church on Sunday for funds to support Question 1, which would overturn the state’s same-sex marriage law.
While standing outside the church after Mass, Maltz said she believes the same-sex marriage legislation would hurt the sanctity of traditional marriage.
“It’s my belief that marriage is Christ-ordained,” she said.
Not sure what was in the Bishop’s plea but it sounds like Kelly doesn’t want any non-Christians getting married either. And, I don’t recall Christ getting married.
This is beyond ridiculous. The Catholic Church in Maine is closing parishes. The Bishop should have other things to worry about, but he’s obsessed with the gays. So many of these religious types are (and the Catholic Church has a lot of gay priests.) This effort is causing great consternation among Catholics in the state (I’ve heard this first-hand from devout Catholics in Maine.) In fact, as this article notes, a new group in Maine, Catholics for Marriage Equality, has formed to counter the Bishop’s messaging. The Bishop is chasing people away from his church.
The No on 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign is trying to raise as much money as possible before the end of the campaign finance reporting period on September 30th. They need another just under $100,000 to reach their goal. On ActBlue, that would take them over $800,000. You can donate here. The money is being spent well. And, we can’t let the haters win this time.