Catholic bishop disappointed by gay marriage vote

PORTLAND (AP) — Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Malone says he's "deeply disappointed" that Mainers voted to legalize gay marriage.

The Catholic Church didn't play an active role in the referendum debate, focusing instead on education. But Malone did issue a statement saying Catholics who support same-sex marriage are "unfaithful to Catholic doctrine."

Maine and Maryland on Tuesday became the first states to adopt same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Malone, now administrator of the Maine diocese after being appointed bishop of the Buffalo, N.Y., diocese, said the definition of marriage between a man and a woman has been understood "for millennia by civilizations and religions around the world."

He said the Catholic Church remains committed to advancing basic human rights while remaining devoted "to preserving and strengthening the precious gift of marriage."

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JOANNE MOORE's picture

Basic human rights....

.....for ALL.

THOMAS FALLON 's picture


are centered in the Bible and the reality of God. Statements that the Catholic church decides Catholic Christians' morality is superficial. We Catholics are "Bible centered" followers, believers, in God, and Jesus Christ. The Catholic church is the "middle man," "counselor," etc. The desire that many have for simplification and categorization has distorted the reality of Catholic Christians. Christianity is a philosophy of life and living just a modern science presents a philosophical foundation for life and living that others accept.

RONALD RIML's picture

Bishop so disappointed.....

That even his Altar Boys and Novices couldn't console him.........

Jack Kaubris's picture

Advancing basic human rights?

...and there are many, many Catholics disappointed in their Bishop.


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