The ‘traditional’ same-sex wedding

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, blamed for “chilly, hard-line stand” and “raining down prohibitions on same-sex marriage, ”
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By Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler

February 5, 2016 (CatholicCulture.org) - In this spectacularly lopsided article for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Joel Connelly is determined to show that it is unreasonable for a Catholic high school to refuse to publish a notice of a graduate’s same-sex wedding. Connelly blames the refusal on the “chilly, hard-line stand” taken by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who has been “raining down prohibitions on same-sex marriage.”

Other Catholics are more willing to accept the homosexual alliances, Connelly reports. Most notably:

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a devout Catholic, went to St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in 2013 to marry his husband, Michael Shiosaki, in a deeply traditional ceremony.

Of course Mayor Murray is described as a “devout” Catholic; that adjective always comes into play when a reporter is applauding a public figure for dissenting from Church teaching. That dissent explains why a “devout” Catholic would want to be married in an episcopal church. But feast your eyes on the final phrase of that sentence: “a deeply traditional ceremony.”

No doubt it was “deeply” traditional in the same sense in which Murray is a “devout” Catholic. (I wonder if he’s “deeply” devout?) But tell me: just how traditional can a wedding ceremony be, if the couple are of the same sex?

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