Two Florida bishops offered starkly diverging responses this week after their state judiciary redefined marriage.
While Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski reminded diocesan employees they could face termination if they publicly suggest support for same-sex “marriage,” St. Petersburg Bishop Robert Lynch suggested in a January 6 Tampa Bay Times columnthat homosexual relationships present no risk to the Church, and in fact can be godly and elevate society and the Church.
“I do not wish to lend our voice to notions which might suggest that same-sex couples are a threat incapable of sharing relationships marked by love and holiness and, thus, incapable of contributing to the edification of both the Church and the wider society,” Lynch wrote.
He cited last fall’s controversial Extraordinary Synod on the Family, saying the Church must respond to a suggestion made at the synod to discern what “pastoral response faithful to Church teaching and marked by respect and sensitivity might be appropriate for same-sex couples.”
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