Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New York - GAY MARRIAGE Bill - Gay Catholic Priest Sends LETTERS to All NY STATE SENATORS - June 7, 2011 - How Strong is the VATICAN in the USA? - June 20, 2011

Are the New York State Republicans Senators Colluding with Catholic Hierarchy to maintain secrecy and to guarantee Immunity from any future prosecution regarding the Psychological, Physical Violent Child abuse and Teenage suicide caused by their reckless promulgation of unorthodox unsubstantiated anti-gay teachings and attacking religious (such as priests, sisters, etc.) informants to silence them – as found in the Ireland Murphy Report? Photo

 Protect Religious Freedom – but not TYRANNY in Religion

The way to begin for us all, not only the NY State Senators, to protect Religious Freedom and not Tyranny in Religion is by obtaining a well-informed conscience.  We start by individually approaching and studying in (great detail because it involves the lives of children) from the best and the brightest (1) scripture scholars regarding the references related to homosexuality and (2) scientists in the field of study of human sexuality, in particular, but [not] limited to, the onset of sexual orientation.  The prerequisite to the formation of a well-informed conscience is making a thorough study of all sides of the issue from all available authoritative data and research, including opposing views. Then in this way we are better equipped to decide who and what needs government protection in regards to the gay marriage bill. This exhaustive procedure follows to the letter the Gospel quotation about the “plank” and the” speck.”
“How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”. Luke 6:42
The “plank” for us is ignorance.  If we satisfactorily resolve this ignorance, then together we will be able to see more clearly, whether or not, as NY State Senators (government officials) and as citizens we are colluding with the Catholic Hierarchy and are harming children, as was found to be the case in the Ireland Murphy Report.

Benedict XVI/Ratzinger – 30 years of power in the Vatican and in Secrecy

For the past 30 years, beginning in 1981, Benedict XVI has been able to establish a well-oiled machine of electing bishops, cardinals and procuring outside personnel to handle in secret “behind closed doors” (1) the silencing, removal of academics, theologians, priests, sisters and other religious personnel regarding issues related to the teaching of sexual orientation and (2) the ordering of the covering-up of child sexual abuse cases by use of intimidation in order to silence the victims and by  removing any priest, sister, or Catholic personal who breaks the silence of these cover-ups. In 2002, beginning in Boston this well maintained secrecy began to break up regarding decades of cover-ups of child sexual abuse with the global emergence of the internet. The use of the internet became an unstoppable vehicle of communications that help organize the sexual abuse victims to be able to go public – telling how they were intimidated, threatened and mistreated when they came to their local bishops for help… Photo

Catholics Coming Out - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz & Ricky Martin - March 29, 1997, 2010 - Leading Support Gay Marriage - NY Gov Cuomo & Vatican Attacks 

…The fact that the New York Republicans having been meeting now several days in secret regarding the gay marriage bill – it is a sign that Benedict XVI and the Hierarchy are already desperately trying to weave them into their decades of corruption.  This is the same way that so many government officials were involved in the child sexual abuse cover-ups and are now being held responsible and being convicted. Why all this secrecy surrounding the gay marriage bill?  What is so secret that cannot be discussed publicly?  There is something wrong here – KILL THE SECRECY – bring everything into the light – do not get caught up in their web of deceit.

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19

What New York Republican Senators do not want to protect is (1) the Vatican (Benedict XVI and the Hierarchy) from the legal repercussions related to the lifetime harm and violence that is caused to children by their unsubstantiated antigay teachings, because that would perpetuate the harm caused to children.  Secondly, (2) the New York Republican Senators do not want to protect the Vatican (Benedict XVI and the Hierarchy) from the legal repercussions and prosecution related to gay priests or any Catholic personnel who becomes a whistle-blower regarding the mistreatment and abuse of children, because that would maintain the secrecy and the cover-ups of child abuse in the Catholic Church.  If one thing that became vividly apparent from learning about the decades of Benedict XVI’s and the Hierarchy cover-ups is that there are “no checks and balances” in the Catholic Church and that is the Tyranny in Religion you do not want to protect...

To The New York Republican Senators
The Importance of Acquiring a Well-Informed Conscience
On The Issue of Gay Marriage
This piece of legislation the gay marriage bill is not like any other in that it involves the well-being of children, at its very root. You have been given a “hot potato” because children do not have a voice to protect them, you are, and we are their voices. The responsibility that is involved in this gay marriage is tremendous and overwhelming. I know this because this is the same “hot potato” that landed in my lap, March 1997.   If you run from this responsibility, you will live with unending regret that you allowed innocent children to be continually harmed knowing that you had one chance in a lifetime to do something extraordinary for the well-being of children and people around the world. If you face and accept this responsibility of protecting children, you risk your political career, indeed your very life, as you know it. However, when I came out to my great surprise it was successful at my parish - Holy Family Catholic Parish, Sparta, Michigan and this was 1997.  I think that for the NY State Republican Senators today 2011 - the social climate as polls indicate is significantly better than it was in 1997 with the majority of Catholics now accepting gay marriage.  The reverse may be truer today for NY State Republican Senators that “not supporting gay marriage” could have an adverse effect on your political career.  Photo

I believe this to be true – because gay marriage (human sexuality, sexual orientation) is like Galileo it is about the true facts of science.  Condemning Galileo showed real ignorance on the part of the Vatican, which Pope John Paul II confirmed and apologized for in 1992. Even though, it is indeed a most unfair situation to be placed in. How I resolved this situation was through hours upon hours of continuous prayer. Afterwards, I came to the realization that my life had already been altered – changed forever. Because there was no way I could pretend I did not know what I knew, how severely children are harmed for life by the [Vatican's/Benedict XVI's] unsubstantiated antigay teachings and antigay social norms. I decided that I could not live with the regret knowing that I had a chance to make a profound difference for the better for others, most especially children and that I did nothing. My life would be nothing. I took the bungee jump and I came out to my parishioners. It definitely was not easy, but one thing that happened to me is - I gained a real sense of peace and well-being that has remained constant and unshaken.  The scripture passages that kept repeating over and over in my head were:

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” Luke 9:25 

“Anyone who loves their FATHER or mother more than me is not worthy of me;… Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:36-38

 “…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6

Even after Benedict XVI and his accomplices’ mistreatment of me and the serious harm they have caused me that sense of peace has never left me. It is remains rock solid. I believe that is the benefit of spending the time and energy of acquiring a well-informed conscience regarding sexual orientation...
Written by:
Fr. Marty Kurylowicz - June 20, 2011
Read more:
http://fathermartykurylowicz.blogspot.com/2011/06/ny-gay-marriage-bill-gay-catholic_20.html

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Dear ...... .....,

My name is Fr. Marty Kurylowicz, a Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Grand Rapids Michigan ordained June 16, 1979.

In March 1997, after attending a National Symposium of the New Ways Ministry that was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I learned that children as young as 4 and 5 years of age know that they are different. This feeling "different" is only identified in their adult years as being gay. However, the harmful influence of antigay social and religious norms -- in particular, for Catholics, the Vatican’s unsubstantiated antigay teachings -- are severe and last throughout a child’s lifetime. Photo

The harmful effects are not isolated only to these children who grow up to be gay, but also affect their families, siblings, friends and anyone whom they might consider special in their lives. They are a prescribed societal sentence of implicit isolation, which place at risk of suicide so many innocent adolescents and young adults. They stifle an enormous amount of human potential in the world that otherwise could be put to use for finding cures for diseases, offering better ways of maintaining peace among people and improving the quality of life for everyone in the world…


On - July 2010 - this same Letter was also sent to:

President of the United States
United States Congress
United States Supreme Court
United States Department of Justice
50 United States Governors 
Copy of this letter found below:

New York State Senators - In Reversal, 3 Democratic Senators Will Back Gay Marriage - By Nicholas Confessore and Michael Barbaro – June 13, 2011

ALBANY — Three wavering Democratic lawmakers in the State Senate on Monday announced that they now support the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, marking a potential turning point for the long-debated measure. Photo
Within an hour of the announcement by the three Democrats, a Republican senator said that he, too, is open to supporting same-sex marriage.
“If the bill comes to the floor the way that I would like to see it, I will support it,” Senator James S. Alesi, a Monroe County Republican, …
The three Democratic senators — Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. and Shirley L. Huntley of Queens and Carl Kruger of Brooklyn — all voted against the measure in 2009, when it failed by a wide margin. Their switch to the yes column leaves all but one Senate Democrat supporting same-sex marriage — and the fate of the legislation in the hands of the Republican majority in the chamber…

Mr. Cuomo called on Republicans to ignore pressure from leaders of the state’s Republican and Conservative parties and support the marriage measure.
“Represent the people of the state, not the party leaders,” he said. “Vote your conscience, not your fears.”...
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Vatican Pledges to Submit UN Report, 14 Years Late - due 1997 – ABC News International - June 20, 2011
The Vatican will submit a long-overdue report on its treatment of children to the United Nations this fall, the Holy See's envoy in Geneva said Monday.
The Holy See was originally due to submit a progress report to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child in 1997, but failed to do to year after year without explanation…
Human rights groups have urged the Vatican to explain in the report its role in the cover-up of child abuse committed by Catholic clergy.
"It will be interesting to see if they come clean on this in September," said Roy Brown of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, a secular group that frequently criticizes the Vatican at the U.N. "We've been waiting for this report for a very long time."…
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Vatican letter “Jan. 31, 1997” told Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report child abuse – January 18, 2011
“…the Holy See used its diplomatic-immunity status as a tiny city-state to try to thwart the Irish fact-finding probe has long been known.” Photo & more

Letters place Pope at centre of child abuse scandal – March 25, 2010
Secret documents today placed Pope Benedict XVI at the centre of allegations of cover-up by the Catholic church of a priest sex abuse scandal in the United States.
Letters from the Vatican show that the enforcement department headed by the pontiff, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, took control of the efforts to bring paedophile priest Father Lawrence Murphy to justice, first ordering in 1997 that a church trial could only go ahead in conditions of total secrecy and then changing tack in 1998 and quashing it… Photo & more http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7075981.ece

Amnesty names Vatican over human rights abuses – May 13, 2011
The Vatican: included for the first time in an Amnesty report examining human rights in 157 countries. Amnesty found "increasing evidence of widespread child sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy . . . and the enduring failure of the Catholic Church to address these crimes".
It has found that, in Ireland, “child protection standards were inadequate in both law and practice” and that “the Holy See did not sufficiently comply with its international obligations relating to the protection of children”… Photo
Where the Vatican was concerned, the Amnesty report says that “in May (2010), the Holy See submitted its initial reports on the optional protocols to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which, at the end of the year, had yet to be considered by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.” Photo
However, it continued, “by the year’s end, the Holy See had again failed to submit its second periodic report on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, due in 1997…” It found there was “increasing evidence of widespread child sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy over the past decades, and the enduring failure of the Catholic Church to address these crimes properly, continued to emerge in various countries”…
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N.Y. Gay Marriage Bill Gains Key Votes 

a vote of conscience – June 24, 2011

…Senator Stephen M. Saland, a Poughkeepsie Republican, became the critical 32nd vote, telling his colleagues in an emotional address that he believed the issue came down to a question of equality.
“I know my vote is a vote of conscience,” he told a hushed chamber. “I am at peace with my vote. It was a struggle. It was an extraordinary deliberation.”… Photo
…“After many hours of deliberation and discussion over the past several weeks among the members, it has been decided that same-sex marriage legislation will be brought to the full Senate for an up or down vote,” the majority leader, Senator Dean G. Skelos of Long Island, said in a statement. “As I have said many times, this is a very difficult issue and it will be a vote of conscience for every member of the Senate.”...
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 Speaks On Same Sex Marriage Bill
 June 24, 2011


A Vote of Conscience
Four Republican senators helped legalize Gay Marriage for New York – June 25, 2011
A vote of conscience has left the four Republican senators who helped legalize gay marriage already facing retribution from the Conservative Party…
…But Gov. Cuomo and gay rights advocates had the backs of the four senators - Sens. James Alesi of Rochester, Roy McDonald of Saratoga Springs, Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie and Mark Grisanti of Buffalo - Friday night after the historic vote. Photo
Cuomo, a Democrat… deemed all four "people of courage, people of principle" and recognized that for them, the vote to support gay marriage was "politically more dangerous."
"I represent the people of this state of New York and I'm going to tell them what I believe and that is what I believe," Cuomo said. "To the extent that is the truth and it helps them, so be it."…
…The four Republicans know their votes could cost them their political careers, but said they felt compelled to do what they now believe is the right thing…
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The Road To Gay Marriage New York -  By Michael Barbaro -  June 25, 2011
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo at the bill-signing Friday with Thomas K. Duane, second from right, the Senate’s only openly gay member More Photos

…Would the donors win over the deciding Senate Republicans? It sounded improbable: top Republican moneymen helping a Democratic rival with one of his biggest legislative goals.
But the donors in the room — the billionaire Paul Singer, whose son is gay,…
…Mr. [John L.] Sampson, a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage, advised Mr. [Carl] Kruger to focus on the [gay] nephew, not the political repercussions. “When everything else is gone,” Mr. Sampson told him, “all you have left is family.”
With Mr. Kruger suddenly a possible yes vote, the same-sex marriage organizers zeroed in on the two remaining Democrats who had previously voted no but appeared open to switching sides: Shirley L. Huntley and Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., both of Queens…
…Mr. Cuomo’s girlfriend, Sandra Lee, has an openly gay brother, and she frequently reminded the governor how much she wanted the law to change…
…Mr. Cuomo…told Senator [James S.] Alesi that as the first Republican to endorse same-sex marriage, he “would show real courage to the gay community.” …
..Mr. Alesi walked into the room, which erupted into applause. In emotional remarks, he apologized to them for what he called his “political vote” against same-sex marriage in 2009…
…The Catholic Church, arguably the only institution with the authority and reach to derail same-sex marriage, seemed to shrink from the fight.
…As the marriage bill hurtled toward a vote, the head of the church in New York, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, left town to lead a meeting of bishops in Seattle. He did not travel to Albany or deliver a major speech in the final days of the session…
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Dean Skelos, NY State Republican Senate majority leader – allowed the Gay Marriage vote – June 25, 2011 - NPR


Dean Skelos voted against gay marriage in New York, but the Family Research Council is furious with him anyway. In a statement, the conservative group said Democrats pushed gay marriage through, but as the Republican Senate majority leader, Skelos is responsible for allowing that to happen. Photo

Skelos told NPR why he decided not to block the bill.

"Because I believe in democracy," he said. "I believe legislators are elected to make their own choices to vote — to vote their constituents, to vote their conscience."

…Jim Alesi was one of the four Republican senators who supported the bill — after voting against gay marriage just two years ago in a decision he says was political.

"Even though there are only four Republicans who voted for it, the bill would never have passed if it hadn't been brought to the floor by the Republican majority," he told NPR's Rachel Martin…
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Key vote for N.Y. gay marriage 'not just Catholic' – June 26, 2011

New York Catholic leadership vociferously [shouting noisily] opposed legalizing gay marriage… But when it passed the state Senate on Friday night…, it was with the help of a yes vote from a Catholic senator, Mark Grisanti Photo


“Someday, 
maybe, there will exist 
well-informed, 
well considered 
and 
yet 
fervent public conviction 
that the 
most deadly of all possible 
sins 
is the mutilation of 
child’s spirit.”





bring everything into the light
– do not get caught up in their web of deceit. June 20, 2011

Several New York State Republican Senators have refused to collude with Catholic Hierarchy to maintain secrecy of any kind of child abuse. Who are unwilling to guarantee any type of lifetime  immunity from any future prosecution from the legal repercussions related to the lifetime harm and violence that is caused to children [another even more severe  form of child abuse] caused by the Vatican’s (Benedict XVI and the Hierarchy) unsubstantiated antigay teachings.

As well as, their refusing to guarantee any type of lifetime immunity from any future prosecution from the legal repercussions related the decades of mistreatment and discrimination against Catholic personnel regarding sexual orientation and those known as whistleblowers alerting the public to the child sexual abuse cover-ups and this even more severe form of ongoing child abuse being committed by Benedict XVI ‘s and the Hierarchy regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, also in direct relationship to their continuous promulgation of their unsubstantiated antigay teachings.

…"Kids as young as 4 or 5 know they're different," said Kurylowicz, a psychotherapist… "They grow up with this pervasive guilt, which sabotages their growth and motivation." The result is thousands of dollars in therapy to accept their natural orientation, he said, adding, "Does the Vatican want to take that on, like the tobacco industry had to take on for the damage it caused consumers? "… October 8, 2005
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by Charles Honey - Religion Editor 
The Grand Rapids Press – Archives
Dean Skelo, NY Rep. Senate Majority Leader  “There is a concern right now as to the unintended consequences of some of the religious causes, carveouts, protections and we’re reviewing that,” Skelos said after emerging from a nearly three-hour conference of the Senate’s GOP majority. “People want to feel comfortable if it is reported to the floor, there will not be as Archbishop Dolan mentioned, unintended consequences to this legislation,” Skelos added.  Read more: Photo


Greg Ball, NY Rep. Sen..,Gay-rights advocates have said that Ball’s stance is wrong because the state’s human-rights laws would protect any group from lawsuits if they refuse to acknowledge same-sex marriage. But Ball said instances could arise where businesses or religious groups are SUED FOR DISCRIMINATION, citing examples in other states that have legalized same-sex marriage.
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Pope Blasts U.K. Anti-Discrimination Laws

by Associated Press,

February 2, 2010 – CBS News

In Speech, Benedict Raises Fears that Vatican Could Be Prosecuted for Stances Against Gays Photo



Ireland Report: The Collusions of State and Police in the Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups by the Catholic Hierarchy - 2009

Ireland Murphy Report: “…the police force for the republic failed to investigate reports of priest abusing children and conspired to protect Catholic officials in Dublin for 30 years…

 … the report  exposed "misguided or undue deference" shown by the police to religious institutions and said, "That has no place in criminal investigations…”Photo

"This is not about failings or learning curves. This about the reckless endangerment of children in a calculated, purposeful strategy to protect the institutional Church,"…
"The state's role in all of this is actively being engineered and manufactured to give the public the idea that it is to the forefront in investigating this but the opposite is true," Read more:




Roman Catholic church in Ireland hid decades of child abuse by its leaders to protect the church's reputation, inquiry found. Photo 

Ireland's police colluded with the Catholic church in covering up clerical child abuse in Dublin on a huge scale…

The three-volume report found that the "maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the church and the preservation of its assets" was more important than justice for the victims….Read more:


“If one thing that became vividly apparent from learning about the decades of Benedict XVI’s and the Hierarchy global cover-ups of child sexual abuse cases is that there are “no checks and balances” in the Catholic Church and that is the Tyranny in Religion we do not want to protect.”



SUNLIGHT is to VAMPIRES
– as –
LAWSUITS are to BENEDICT XVI



SILENCE & CAUTION

Begins for Catholic Hierarchy – Speaking or Writing Regarding the Sexual Orientation of Children – as it did briefly in 1997 - After I came out
http://fathermartykurylowicz.blogspot.com/2011/03/catholics-coming-out-fr-marty.html

“ALWAYS ARE CHILDREN”

Before Benedict XVI altered it to be abusive towards Children clarifying his unsubstantiated antigay teachings

Benedict XVI Unethical & Life-threatening "Cure" for Homosexuality – Germany – 2011 -- Links found below:


Final Days of NY Gay Marriage Vote – Catholic leaders – “…seemed to shrink from the fight” – June 25, 2011

… It was befuddling to gay-rights advocates: The Catholic Church, arguably the only institution with the authority and reach to derail same-sex marriage, seemed to shrink from the fight. Photo

…As the marriage bill hurtled toward a vote, the head of the church in New York, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, left town to lead a meeting of bishops in Seattle. He did not travel to Albany or deliver a major speech in the final days of the session…

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At Mass, Archbishop Is Silent on Same-Sex Marriage – June 26, 2011

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan did not exactly hide his opposition to efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. Photo
Yet on Sunday, Archbishop Dolan made no mention of gay marriage during the 10:15 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He did not criticize state lawmakers, or offer an impassioned defense of the church’s view of marriage…




Archbishop Dolan says he's not anti-gay, but pro-marriage – June 27, 2011

Dolan..."I'd say to the gay community: I love you very much. If anything I ever said or did would lead you to believe that I have anything less than love and respect for you, I apologize, but that doesn't take away from my resolute disappointment to this particular measure."

Dolan was very vocal in his opposition to same sex-marriage, calling on lawmakers to vote against the bill…


…His message to the gay community: "I love you very much."




On NY Gay Marriage, Catholic Church was MIA [Missing In Action] - July 27, 2011

…The money trail shows that gay marriage was not even the church’s top priority this session. Records show the New York State Catholic Conference spent far more lobbying against bills to extend the statute of limitations for bringing civil lawsuits or criminal cases for sex crimes against children. The church has been hobbled for years by an ongoing controversy over sex-abuse cases among clergy members… Photo

…Despite fiercely opposing gay marriage on his blog, [NY Archbishop] Dolan repeatedly paused to reiterate that he was not antigay. (“If I have offended any of you in my strenuous defense of marriage, I apologize, and assure you it was unintentional,” he wrote. [July 7, 2011])…


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USA President Obama calls N.Y. same-sex marriage law 'a good thing' – June 30, 2011

…Speaking in the East Room of the White House, Obama lauded the recent move by the New York Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage, calling it "a good thing." Photo
"I think what you're seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they've got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out," he said…
…Obama touted his administration's accomplishments on behalf of the gay community, including ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and refusing to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
"We're moving in a direction of greater equality, and I think that's a good thing," he said…


Obama backs repeal of Defense of Marriage Act - July 20, 2011

President Obama has endorsed a new bill by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, another step in what the president has termed his "evolving" views on same-sex marriage.
"The president has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people — our families, friends and neighbors," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. "He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act."…
"It is rare that a White House endorses a bill that has yet to pass first in either the Senate or the House," Rick Jacobs, chairman of the gay rights advocacy group Courage Campaign, said in a statement. "His support makes clear to all Americans that the Defense of Marriage Act has no place in our society."…



GAY MARRIAGE, bishops and the crisis of leadership – “CATHOLIC HIERARCHY has lost most of its credibility..." July 5, 2011

The vote approving same-sex marriage in New York is the latest and most glaring confirmation of some gloomy news for the Catholic church in the United States, and it’s not that gays have achieved the right to marry. Photo
Rather, affirmed in the recent vote is the disturbing reality that the Catholic hierarchy has lost most of its credibility with the wider culture on matters of sexuality and personal morality, just as it has lost its authority within the Catholic community on the same issues. There are reasons -- and they have little to do with secularism, relativism or lingering influences of the wild 1960s -- why people are no longer listening to the bishops.
While we don’t want to minimize the seriousness of the concern of some over a societal redefinition of marriage, there are reasons we think the bishops’ hyperbolic reaction to laws such as that enacted in New York are not only wrong-headed but counterproductive.
First, even if bishops retained the stature they once had in the wider culture, it is evident in polls and politicians’ votes that neither most of the Catholic world nor the wider culture buys the church’s teaching that homosexuals are disordered and are thus relegated to sexless lives in order to remain in the Christian community…



To The New York Republican Senators

The Importance of Acquiring a Well-Informed Conscience

On The Issue of Gay Marriage – June 20, 2011

By Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

 ...If you run from this responsibility, you will live with unending regret that you allowed innocent children to be continually harmed knowing that you had one chance in a lifetime to do something extraordinary for the well-being of children and people around the world. If you face and accept this responsibility of protecting children, you risk your political career, indeed your very life, as you know it. However, when I came out to my great surprise it was successful at my parish - Holy Family Catholic Parish, Sparta, Michigan and this was 1997.  I think that for the NY State Republican Senators today 2011 - the social climate as polls indicate is significantly better than it was in 1997 with the majority of Catholics now accepting gay marriage.  The reverse may be truer today for NY State Republican Senators that “not supporting gay marriage” could have an adverse effect on your political career. Photo
I believe this to be true – because gay marriage (human sexuality, sexual orientation) is like Galileo - it is about the true facts of science.  Condemning Galileo showed real ignorance on the part of the Vatican, which Pope John Paul II confirmed and apologized for in 1992


Benedict XVI Ordered – A first time - Exhibition From Vatican’s Secret Archives -   Including the codex [ancient manuscript text in book form] of the trial of Galileo Galilei in the 17th century – July 5, 2011

ROME — The Vatican will unveil 100 documents from its Secret Archives, including unpublished papers from the World War II era, in an exhibition in Rome next year, it announced on Tuesday. The exhibition, to be held at the Capitoline Museums from February to September, marks the first time that the papers from the Pope’s private archives have been allowed to leave the Vatican… Photo


The Trial of Galileo 
by Douglas Linder (c) 2002

University Of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School Of Law
 http//www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/galileo/galileo.html

In the 1633 trial of Galileo Galilei, two worlds come into cosmic conflict.  Galileo's world  of science and humanism collides with the world of Scholasticism and absolutism that held power in the Catholic Church.  The result is a tragedy that marks both the end of Galileo's liberty and the end of the Italian Renaissance. Photo
Galileo Galilei was born in 1564--the same year that Shakespeare was born and Michelangelo died.  From an early age, Galileo showed his scientific skills... Eventually, he would be recognized as the father of experimental physics.  Galileo's motto might have been "follow knowledge wherever it leads us."
…When depositions in the Galileo matter concluded, the Commissary-General forwarded two propositions of Galileo to eleven theologians (called "Qualifiers") for their evaluation: (1) The Sun is the center of the world and immovable of local motion, and (2) The Earth is not the center of the world, nor immovable, but moves according to the whole of itself, also with a diurnal motion.  Four days later, on February 23, 1616, the Qualifiers unanimously declared both propositions to be "foolish and absurd" and "formally heretical."  Less than two weeks later, Pope Paul V--described by the Florentine ambassador as "so averse to anything intellectual that everyone has to play dense and ignorant to gain his favor"--endorsed the theologian's conclusions… 

The Trial of 1633
Galileo's admonition stopped the Copernican movement dead in its tracks.  For Galileo, his admonition marked the beginning of a period of silence…and adjusted to a world which elevated mindless conformism over scientific understanding.




The Trial of Galileo: Key Figures


Gay Marriage & Galileo

The Trial of Galileo - by Douglas O. Linder (2002)

University Of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School Of Law

Pope described as …"so averse to anything intellectual that everyone has to play dense and ignorant to gain his favor"



Benedict XVI & Galileo - February 15, 1990

On February 15, 1990, in a speech delivered at La Sapienza University in Rome, Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, cited some current views on the Galileo affair as forming what he called "a symptomatic case that illustrates the extent to which modernity’s doubts about itself have grown today in science and technology." As evidence, he presented the views of a few prominent philosophers including Ernst Bloch and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, as well as Paul Feyerabend, whom he quoted as saying:
“The Church at the time of Galileo kept much more closely to reason than did Galileo himself, and she took into consideration the ethical and social consequences of Galileo's teaching too. Her verdict against Galileo was rational and just, and the revision of this verdict can be justified only on the grounds of what is politically opportune.”…


The Suppression of Galileo II - A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts – video


Irapuato: Vatican announces it will unveil secret archives of World War II in special exhibit – July 6, 2011 - Video


Pope John Paul II - After 350 Years, Vatican Says Galileo Was Right: It Moves – October 31, 1992

More than 350 years after the Roman Catholic Church condemned Galileo, Pope John Paul II is poised to rectify one of the Church's most infamous wrongs -- the persecution of the Italian astronomer and physicist for proving the Earth moves around the Sun. Photo
With a formal statement at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Saturday, Vatican officials said the Pope will formally close a 13-year investigation into the Church's condemnation of Galileo in 1633. The condemnation, which forced the astronomer and physicist to recant his discoveries, led to Galileo's house arrest for eight years before his death in 1642 at the age of 77.
The dispute between the Church and Galileo has long stood as one of history's great emblems of conflict between reason and dogma, science and faith. The Vatican's formal acknowledgement of an error, moreover, is a rarity in an institution built over centuries on the belief that the Church is the final arbiter in matters of faith…



Child abuse tragedy made worse by Irish bishops and Vatican – July 14, 2011

IRISH BISHOPS and the Vatican have played a major role in exacerbating the tragic story that is clerical child sex abuse in Ireland. Photo
The Cloyne report has found that the Vatican’s reaction to the (Irish bishops’) 1996 framework document was “entirely unhelpful” to any Irish bishop who wanted to implement it and gave individual Irish bishops freedom to ignore it.
The Vatican refused to give the document “recognitio”; told the Irish bishops it was “not an official document of the Episcopal Conference but a study document”; and warned that it could be in breach of canon law. It also said the document’s advice on mandatory reporting gave rise to “serious reservations of both a moral and a canonical nature”.
The Vatican did so in a confidential letter circulated by the then papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Luciano Storero to every Irish bishop in January 1997, a year after the Irish bishops’ guidelines came into play.
Nor has the Vatican ratified or given the “recognitio” to the Irish Catholic Church’s 2005 updated guidelines. The papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza refused to explain any of this to the Cloyne commission, as was the case beforehand with the Murphy commission.
Msgr Denis O’Callaghan, vicar general and delegate in Cloyne diocese, “stymied” implementation of the 1996 document in Cloyne. He was allowed do so by Bishop John Magee who “took little or no active interest in the management of clerical child sexual abuse cases until 2008 . . .”


Angry Ireland finally confronts Vatican over abuse – July 21, 2011

The Irish are broadly lauding this week's thunderbolt from Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who denounced the Vatican's role in the past 17 years of abuse scandals. He accused the Holy See of downplaying "the rape and torture of children" and hiding behind its status as a sovereign state with its own secrecy-obsessed canon laws… Photo


Ireland PM Enda Kenny damns Vatican for covering up 'the rape and torture of children' – July 25, 2011 …He furiously denounced what he called 'the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism - and the narcissism - that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day.'…


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Ireland excoriates Vatican over new reports of abuse – August 12, 2011
 
...Given the clear teaching of the Catholic Church, I am puzzled, shocked and horrified that the scandal, sin and crime of sexual abuse of children by clerics of the Catholic Church continues to harm the church, and that Pope Benedict XVI seems unable to grasp the damage. It is now beginning to raise embarrassing questions about the pope's management of the church. Photo
Perhaps Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach or prime minister of Ireland, still one of the most faithful Catholic countries in the world, may help bring the pope to his senses.
Kenny used his high office and the Dail (parliament) to deliver a withering damnation of the church authorities, declaring "the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism, the narcissism that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day…
The 400-page Cloyne report claimed that the attitude of the Vatican had been "entirely unhelpful" in describing guidelines on how to deal with abuse claims as "merely a study document."
…Kenny claimed that the report exposed, "an attempt by the Holy See to frustrate an inquiry in a sovereign, democratic republic as little as three years ago, not three decades ago ... The rape and torture of children were downplayed or 'managed' to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and reputation.
"Far from listening to the evidence of humiliation and betrayal with St Benedict's 'ear of the heart,' the Vatican's reaction was to parse it and analyze it with the gimlet eye of a canon lawyer. This calculated, withering position being the polar opposite of the radicalism, humility and compassion upon which the Roman Church was founded."…

Gay marriage: O'Malley takes a risk for what's right - July 25, 2011

We applaud Gov. Martin O'Malley for his bravery in standing with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Marylanders as he throws his support behind marriage equality ("O'Malley to back same-sex marriage, July 23). In doing so, Governor O'Malley risks the scorn and abandonment of his church, as well as marriage opponents of all stripes throughout Maryland and beyond. Our prayers and gratitude are with him as he stands up for what is right, in the face of potential personal repercussions… Photo


 New York - Marriage Equality:
Historic vote of conscience affirms same-sex couples and their families - June 26, 2011

History was made Friday night in Albany when a much-maligned political body stood up and did the right thing. Photo & More
After a dramatic week, the New York State Senate voted 33-29 to allow gays and lesbians to marry. The Assembly quickly passed the Senate’s version of the marriage equality bill and Gov. Andrew Cuomo immediately signed it…
…The Buffalo Republican (once a Democrat) ran for office promising to oppose same-sex marriage. After agonizing for months, [Mark] Grisanti concluded he was wrong.
“I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the state of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife,” Grisanti said.
And then he voted yes…
Another tip of the hat goes to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Long Island, who allowed his chamber to vote its conscience. “The days of just bottling up things, and using these as excuses not to have votes — as far as I’m concerned as leader, its over with,” he told The New York Times. Perhaps next he can put an end to the secrecy and backroom dealing that preceded the vote.
In the end, the vote to approve same-sex marriage was about conscience — how, in good conscience, the state could no longer deny gay couples the 2,462 rights and responsibilities conferred by civil marriage…
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Italy's parliament rejects anti-homophobia bill – July 27, 2011
Gay rights organisations and other activists are lashing out at the Italian government's decision to reject a bill calling for tougher sentences for those involved in hate crimes against homosexuals and transsexuals.
Parliament's lower house, dominated by Premier Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives, rejected the bill yesterday.Photo
Opponents of the proposed bill maintain that gays must be treated like any other citizen.
Amnesty International said Italy's parliament "wasted an opportunity."
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Machinations of Benedict XVI Denials Leaking Documents Homosexual Overtones To Publicly Discredit Prominent Catholic Editor Who Criticized Italian PM - A Supporter of Benedict XVI Issues - February 9, 2010 Photo 

Silvio Berlusconi attacks gays to ‘woo’ Roman Catholics
by Fred Attewill
28th February, 2011 – Metro.co.uk 

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Vatican accuses Italian media of smear campaign
by Philip Pullella,
February 10, 2010  - Reuters South Africa
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican accused Italian media on Tuesday of waging an "insulting" smear campaign against it and Pope Benedict by running embarrassing stories about palace intrigue and Byzantine plotting inside its walls.

With a rare statement issued by its Secretariat of State, the Vatican broke its silence after two weeks of stories about events that led up to the resignation last September of Dino Boffo, influential editor of the Catholic newspaper Avvenire.

The reports said top Vatican officials had sent an Italian newspaper owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's family a false document alleging Boffo had been accused of harassment by a woman with whose husband he was having a homosexual affair.

Since January 23, Vatican officials have seen stories with headlines such as "The Poison of Cardinals," "Vatican Intrigue" and "Hunger for Power in the Vatican."…
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Vatican intrigue hits new level over leak,
by Associated Press,
February 9, 2010 - msnbc.com
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican denied Tuesday that it leaked documents that led to the resignation of a prominent Catholic editor, intervening in a tale of ecclesiastical intrigue that has dominated Italian headlines for weeks.

The Vatican No. 2 issued a statement saying reports that Vatican officials leaked the documents were false and that Pope Benedict XVI himself "deplored these unjust and insulting attacks" that were "defaming the Holy See."

The statement — unusual in its line-by-line denial of unsourced rumors — was confirmation that what had been a strictly Italian church scandal had reached the highest echelons of power in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and that the pope clearly wanted to put an end to it…

Italian newspapers routinely publish unsourced stories about the latest Italian political intrigue. They also publish unsourced reports about machinations in the Vatican. Rarely, though, do such reports elicit such a thorough and high-ranking denial as the one issued by Bertone.
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Gay Marriage & Benedict XVI “…HITLER YOUTH brainwashed young Germans into support of their prejudices and policies against homosexuality.”

Hitler’s Anti-intellectualism - HITLER YOUTH Benedict XVI’s Rejection of Gender Theory – Gay Marriage


Benedict XVI Unethical & Life-threatening "Cure" for Homosexuality – Germany – 2011

Catholic doctors in Germany offer "cure" for homosexuality – June 3, 2011
In the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church gays and lesbians are "objectively disordered" and homosexual behavior is against divine and natural law.  So a group of doctors in Bavaria - the home state of Pope Benedict XVI - have offered a "cure".  The Union of Catholic Doctors (Bund Katholischer Ärzte) have provided information to the afflicted on their Web site.  

German Catholic Doctors Offer Homeopathic 'Gay Treatment' – June 2, 2011
The religious association, which calls itself the "voice of the Catholic medical community," writes on its website that while "homosexuality is not an illness," a host of treatments are available to keep such "inclinations" at bay. Possibilities include "constitutional treatments with homeopathic tools … such as homeopathic dilutions like Platinum," "psychotherapy," and "religious counseling." Among homeopathy's controversial treatments are the prescription of "Globuli," tiny pills that consisting mostly of sugar.

Gay conversion therapy gaining European followers – Germany - August 7, 2011
Praying away the gay
"I don't want to discriminate against anyone, but I can't just say that it's politically correct to keep my mouth shut and say that everything is normal," said Gero Winkelmann, the organization's director. "These people have a sick tendency." 
The treatment options for gays that Winkelmann, a general practitioner with no credentials in psychotherapy, published on his association's website include homeopathy, psychotherapy and prayer.
Germany's LSVD gay and lesbian association has condemned Winkelmann for claiming that homosexuals have a disease that needs curing. According to the association's executive director, Klaus Jetz, such conversion therapists are a growing problem in Germany. He said behind them are generally Christian or right-wing organizations that have started a "crusade" against homosexuality.
"They are copying what has been going on in the US for a long time, and now they're coming to Germany," he told Deutsche Welle, adding that they are particularly active at German universities, where they come into contact with young people.



Gay German theologian - 'A Large Proportion of Catholic Clerics and Trainee Priests Are Homosexual' – November 11, 2010

…The fiercest homophobia in the Catholic Church comes from homophile clerics who desperately suppress their own sexuality…
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,730520,00.html






 What Does The Bible Actually Say About Gay Marriage? - By Lee Jefferson  – June 29, 2011
…Same-sex marriage is rejected as un-Christian and immoral on the basis of a myopic reading of a very few Biblical texts. And the texts in question are scant indeed. The most referenced texts are Genesis 19; the holiness codes of Leviticus 17-26, and in the New Testament, Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 6:9 and his Letter to the Romans 1:26-27. Not only does one have to "hunt" for references to same-sex practices, but there are no gospel texts that treat the matter. There is nothing attributed to Jesus of Nazareth that has anything to do with same-sex orientation. According to the gospels, Jesus never commented on same-sex practices; that fact certainly bears repeating to anyone criticizing the gay community on Christian grounds. Largely, same-sex practice is a topic of little interest to the Biblical authors... Photo & More
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 New York - Marriage Equality:
Elected officials’ Catholic dilemma on same-sex marriage - By Robert P. Jones - June 30, 2011
New York politicians …New York’s Catholic Bishops have expressed outrage over the vote, and nearly 40 percent of New York voters are Catholic. But, the polls show a surprising reality that may ease the worries of some elected officials even as it makes their job harder. There are in fact two very different Catholic voices that elected officials in New York and elsewhere around the country have to navigate: the big “C” voice of the Catholic bishops who are adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, and the little “c” voices of Catholics in the pews who are largely supportive… Photo

...Catholics are generally more supportive of legal recognitions of same-sex relationships than Americans overall…

USA Gov. of Maryland -  O’Malley, archbishop at odds over same-sex marriage, letters show -  August 8, 2011
Two days before Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced plans to sponsor a same-sex marriage bill, a Catholic archbishop strongly urged that he reconsider the move, suggesting the governor was acting out of “mere political expediency.” Photo
Edwin F. O’Brien, the archbishop of Baltimore, said in a letter late last month that sponsoring the bill would “deeply conflict” with O’Malley’s Catholic faith and that he should resist pressure to do so after New York’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage…O’Malley responded to O’Brien on Thursday, citing a litany of issues on which he shares the church’s views. But, O’Malley wrote, “when shortcomings in our laws bring about a result that is unjust, I have a public obligation to try to change that injustice.”
Both letters were released Monday by O’Malley’s office in response to media requests. The exchange lends fresh insight into the pressures that public officials can face as they attempt to reconcile their religious faith with the policy positions that they advocate…
“I have concluded that discriminating against individuals based on their sexual orientation in the context of civil marital rights is unjust,” O’Malley wrote to the archbishop. “I have also concluded that treating the children of families headed by same-sex couples with lesser protections under the law than the children of families headed by heterosexual parents, is also unjust.”…

Galileo 
facing the Roman Inquisition - Read more

 Biblical quotes used to Condemn Galileo

Ecclesiastes 1:5 (New International Version)
5 The sun rises and the sun sets, anhurries back to where it rises.
Ecclesiastes 1:5 (New American Standard Bible)
5 Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; And hastening to its place it rises there again. 

1 Chronicles 16:30 (New International Version)
30 Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; icannot be moved.
1 Chronicles 16:30 (New American Standard Bible)
30 Tremble before Him, all the earth; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved

Psalm 93:1 (New International Version)
1 The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
Psalm 93:1 (New American Standard Bible)
1 The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved

Psalm 96:10 (New International Version)
10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns." The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;  he will judge the peoples with equity.
Psalm 96:10 (New American Standard Bible)
10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be movedHe will judge the peoples with equity."  

Psalm 104:5 (New International Version)
5 He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
Psalm 104:5 (New American Standard Bible)
5 He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter forever and ever.
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 Ratzinger [Benedict XVI], [Bishop Walter] Hurley [Detroit/GR, MI], Maida [Detroit, MI] & Accomplices [e.g. Edward Peters, Detroit, MI]
 - Kids Are Being Hurt!!!
If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its wayEmile Zola 

What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. Luke 12:3 Photo 





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AUSCHWITZ – Benedict XVI’s Christmas
2008 - A flashback far more severe than in --- BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - By Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
…I think in truth on a much deeper level I was frightened, really frightened, to hear Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas remarks against homosexuals and transgendered human beings and even more frightened by the silence from the larger global community of human beings. What is so frightening is, even if there is agreement that one person does not matter or is not important, in truth then no one matters… Photo & more & even more

April 8, 2009 - Tony Blair has challenged the “entrenched” attitudes of the Pope on homosexuality, and argued that it is time for him to “rethink” his views.
Speaking to the gay magazine Attitude, the former Prime Minister, himself now a Roman Catholic, said that he wanted to urge religious figures everywhere to reinterpret their religious texts to see them as metaphorical, not literal, and suggested that in time this would make all religious groups accept gay people as equals...
Last year, Pope Benedict XVI sparked fury in the gay community when he suggested that homosexuality was as big a threat to humankind as the destruction of the rainforests...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, April 30, 2009 - Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009
"Throughout our history, this nation has sought to uphold the ideals of our founding -- that all are created equal and endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Today, with the passage of federal hate crimes legislation, we have affirmed these ideals and the inclusiveness that our nation stands for by extending the protection of its laws to all: 'one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'... Photo
..."Congress has been debating federal hate crimes legislation for 17 years. It was more than 10 years ago that Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered," Pelosi adds, referring to a gay man beaten and killed in Montana, in 1998. "The time for debate is long over. I am proud that today the House has acted and in so doing, honored this nation's commitment to the ideals of justice, equality and opportunity."

SEXUAL ORIENTATION
 is less about sex and more about
Love, being one with another human being.  
Attachment Theory  
 April 30, 2009 - by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Nothing in life is more precious than the intimate relationships we have with love onesHealthy love relationships delight us give us confidence to take on challenges and support us in difficult times. 
 Obama Signs Hate Crimes Bill  - October 28, 2009
…The law expands the definition of violent federal hate crimes to those committed because of a victim’s sexual orientation
“Prosecutors will have new tools to work with states in order to prosecute to the fullest those who would perpetrate such crimes,” Mr. Obama said, speaking in the East Room of the White House at an evening reception, “Because no one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hands of the person they love.
… “You understood that we must stand against crimes that are meant not only to break bones, but to break spirits — not only to inflict harm, but to instill fear,” Mr. Obama said. “You understand that the rights afforded every citizen under our Constitution mean nothing if we do not protect those rights — both from unjust laws and violent acts.”…


Roman Catholic hierarchy child sexual abuse “cover-ups” ordered by Benedict XVI to avoid public outrage & criminal charges falsely accused gay priests,… - December 17, 2009 - By Fr. Marty Kurylowicz Photo
…(1) Benedict XVI and his hierarchy failed to protect children from child sexual abuse for decades. (2) They mistreated and intimidated the victims and their families who came to report the child sexual abuse, in order to cover up publicity of any child sexual abuse. (3) They failed to protect children by repeatedly reassigning the child sexual abusers to assignments where children would be present. (4) When the hierarchy’s criminal negligence failing to protect children became public, globally, in 2002 they shifted the blame wrongfully onto gay priests. (5) By falsely, against known research to the contrary, blaming gay priests they implicated the entire LGBT community and how they are fighting against Marriage Equality. When the scientific facts known for decades about human sexuality have been discounted with no substantiated facts given to explain why, it causes many questions whether Benedict XVI and his hierarchy’s fight against Marriage Equality is more a fight to maintained the cover-up of the hierarchy’s criminal negligence failing to protect children? Benedict XVI and his hierarchy need to clearly offer substantiated reasons why they are against Marriage Equality…
Written by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Pope 'is at centre of Vatican abuse cover-up',
says Hans Küng
by Roger Boyes, Berlin, March 25, 2010 – The Times
…One of Europe’s leading theological thinkers has accused the Pope of being complicit in a Vatican cover-up of child abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church.
“No one in the whole of the Catholic Church knows as much about abuse cases – knowledge that is ex officio, derived from his office,” Hans Küng said in an interview with Swiss television…

Benedict XVI Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups – 30 years
CNN: Special Investigations Unit - WHAT THE POPE KNEW
Aired September 25, 2010
…The power, the authority, under church's -- the church's canon law was always in his [Benedict XVI] hands to do something. But he always took the slower route, he always took the stalling tactic. That's something I think people still want him to answer for. Why? Why didn't he do more?... Photo


 
Gay marriage -> Restoring 
"Hope of Love" 
To Children In Early Childhood 
March 23, 2010 – by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Marriage Equality, like Galileo, is the truth about the facts of growing up gay. Marriage Equality will not become a reality until people learn that its most vital purpose is that it restores the “hope of love” to children in early childhood – essential to their development and well-being for life. 
Without Marriage Equality we teach children how to hate love and how to be mean and indifferent to people as adults. With all due respect, without Marriage Equality we would teach them in much the same way as has been shown by Benedict XVI and the hierarchy, especially in their lack of care and protection of children for decades.  
INSTITUTIONALIZED -> STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE – Vatican’s UNSUBSTANTIATED ANTIGAY TEACHINGS - severe harm lasting throughout a child’s lifetime | Benedict XVI & Hierarchy CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE COVER-UPS
Direct violence is horrific, but its brutality usually gets our attention: we notice it, and often respond to it. Structural violence, however, is almost always invisible, embedded in ubiquitous social structures, normalized by stable institutions and regular experience. Structural violence occurs whenever people are disadvantaged by political, legal, economic, or cultural traditions. Because they are longstanding, structural inequities usually seem ordinary—the way things are and always have been. But structural violence produces suffering and death as often as direct violence does, though the damage is slower, more subtle, more common, and more difficult to repair... Photo & more  




Letters sent out:

July 2010 

President of the United States
United States Congress
United States Supreme Court
United States Department of Justice
50 United States Governors 

Dear -- --------, 

My name is Fr. Marty Kurylowicz, a Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan ordained June 16, 1979.  

In March 1997, after attending a National Symposium of the New Ways Ministry that was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I learned that children as young as 4 and 5 years of age know that they are different. This feeling "different" is only identified in their adult years as being gay. However, the harmful influence of antigay social and religious norms -- in particular, for Catholics, the Vatican’s unsubstantiated antigay teachings -- are severe and last throughout a child’s lifetime.  

The harmful effects are not isolated only to these children who grow up to be gay, but also affect their families, siblings, friends and anyone whom they might consider special in their lives. They are a prescribed societal sentence of implicit isolation, which place at risk of suicide so many innocent adolescents and young adults. They stifle an enormous amount of human potential in the world that otherwise could be put to use for finding cures for diseases, offering better ways of maintaining peace among people and improving the quality of life for everyone in the world.
Gay Marriage - “SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE” Does Not Give Churches Or Benedict XVI - The Freedom To Abuse Children or Adults. July 2010 - By Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

California - Prop 8 judgment, August 4, 2010
Gay marriage
“Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians.”
Judge Vaughn Walker


Schwarzenegger: Let Same-Sex Weddings Resume Now – Associated Press – August 7, 2010 - Fox News
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who twice vetoed legislation that would have legalized same-sex marriage, has surprised gay rights supporters by urging a federal judge to allow gay couples to resume marrying in the state without further delay…
"Doing so is consistent with California's long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect."


Jerry Brown, Attorney General California - Prop. 8 Ruling – August 2010 
… [Jerry Brown], he took the unusual step of refusing to defend Proposition 8, the statewide initiative barring gays and lesbians from marrying. He argued instead that the courts should strike down the measure because it unconstitutionally denies a minority group its rights. Politics Daily
  

"While there is still the potential for limited administrative burdens should future marriages of same-sex couples be later declared invalid, these potential burdens are outweighed by this Court’s conclusion, based on the overwhelming evidence, that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional," Brown [Attorney General California] wrote. "Accordingly, the harm to the plaintiffs outweighs any harm to the state defendants." The Advocate


GAY YOUTH SUICIDE | BENEDICT XVI & BISHOPS Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups – Negligence Protecting (1) Children & (2) LGBT Children | Family of Rutgers suicide victim lends name to bill – November 19, 2010 – CNN Photo 


Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee - unyielding force supporting - DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL Repeal Act of 2010 – ENDS discriminatory policy that “forces young men and women to lie,” – to lie – “about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.” December 2010

Gov. Quinn to 'follow conscience' on unions
by Dave McKinney,
December 2, 2010 - Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief


Cuomo Says He’ll Push for Vote to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
By Thomas Kaplan
February 9, 2011 - The New York Times


Gay marriage: Obama administration won't defend part of marriage act
By David G. Savage and James Oliphant,
Washington Bureau,
February 23, 2011 – Los Angeles Times Photo


Eric Holder, Attorney General,
U.S. Department of Justice
Defense of Marriage Act 
February 23, 2011
… while sexual orientation carries no visible badge, a growing scientific consensus accepts that sexual orientation is a characteristic that is immutable, seeRichard A. Posner, Sex and Reason 101 (1992); it is undoubtedly unfair to require sexual orientation to be hidden from view to avoid discrimination, see Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-321, 124 Stat. 3515 (2010).


Same-sex marriage: Courts expected to heed Obama move
by Bob Egelko,
February 24, 2011 – San Francisco Chronicle
“Gays and lesbians have been oppressed historically, lack substantial political power, should not be asked to suppress their identities, and have the same ability as heterosexuals to contribute to society, Holder said.”


Obama Ending Defense of DOMA Draws Gillibrand Praise
February 23, 2011 – Politics on the Hudson

Gillibrand To Albany: Pass Gay Marriage, End ‘Institutionalized Discrimination’ 
Capital Tonight


Md.'s top leaders cross Catholic hierarchy on gay marriage
February 24, 2011 – The Washington Post
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley regularly attends a weekday Mass and has sent his four children to Catholic schools.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) used to teach and coach at his old Catholic high school in Annapolis.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) grew up serving as an altar boy in the idyllic wood-frame Catholic church his family helped build in Clinton.

But the presence of three Catholics at the helm in Annapolis hasn't stopped a same-sex marriage bill from wending its way through the legislature, triggering deep disappointment among church leaders as it suggests a waning of Catholic influence in this heavily Catholic state…
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Letter from the Attorney General to Congress on Litigation Involving the Defense of Marriage Act 
WASHINGTON – The Attorney General sent the following letter today to Congressional leadership to inform them of the Department’s course of action in two lawsuits, Pedersen v. OPM and Windsor v. United States, challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for federal purposes as only between a man and a woman. A copy of the letter is also attached. 


The Honorable John A. Boehner

Speaker

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC   20515

                        Re:   Defense of Marriage Act

Dear Mr. Speaker:

… Excerpt

Standard of Review

The Supreme Court has yet to rule on the appropriate level of scrutiny for classifications based on sexual orientation.   It has, however, rendered a number of decisions that set forth the criteria that should inform this and any other judgment as to whether heightened scrutiny applies:   (1) whether the group in question has suffered a history of discrimination; (2) whether individuals “exhibit obvious, immutable, or distinguishing characteristics that define them as a discrete group”; (3) whether the group is a minority or is politically powerless; and (4) whether the characteristics distinguishing the group have little relation to legitimate policy objectives or to an individual’s “ability to perform or contribute to society.”   See Bowen v. Gilliard, 483 U.S. 587, 602-03 (1987); City of Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Ctr., 473 U.S. 432, 441-42 (1985).  

Each of these factors counsels in favor of being suspicious of classifications based on sexual orientation.   First and most importantly, there is, regrettably, a significant history of purposeful discrimination against gay and lesbian people, by governmental as well as private entities, based on prejudice and stereotypes that continue to have ramifications today.   Indeed, until very recently, states have “demean[ed] the[] existence” of gays and lesbians “by making their private sexual conduct a crime.”   Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558, 578 (2003).iii

Second, while sexual orientation carries no visible badge, a growing scientific consensus accepts that sexual orientation is a characteristic that is immutable, see Richard A. Posner, Sex and Reason 101 (1992); it is undoubtedly unfair to require sexual orientation to be hidden from view to avoid discrimination,see Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-321, 124 Stat. 3515 (2010).

Third, the adoption of laws like those at issue in Romer v. Evans, 517 U.S. 620 (1996), and Lawrence, the longstanding ban on gays and lesbians in the military, and the absence of federal protection for employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation show the group to have limited political power and “ability to attract the [favorable] attention of the lawmakers.”   Cleburne, 473 U.S. at 445.   And while the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act and pending repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell indicate that the political process is not closedentirely to gay and lesbian people, that is not the standard by which the Court has judged “political powerlessness.”   Indeed, when the Court ruled that gender-based classifications were subject to heightened scrutiny, women already had won major political victories such as the Nineteenth Amendment (right to vote) and protection under Title VII (employment discrimination).  

Finally, there is a growing acknowledgment that sexual orientation “bears no relation to ability to perform or contribute to society.”   Frontiero v. Richardson, 411 U.S. 677, 686 (1973) (plurality).   Recent evolutions in legislation (including the pending repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell), in community practices and attitudes, in case law (including the Supreme Court’s holdings in Lawrence andRomer), and in social science regarding sexual orientation all make clear that sexual orientation is not a characteristic that generally bears on legitimate policy objectives.   See, e.g., Statement by the President on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (“It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed.”)

To be sure, there is substantial circuit court authority applying rational basis review to sexual-orientation classifications.   We have carefully examined each of those decisions.  Many of them reason only that if consensual same-sex sodomy may be criminalized under Bowers v. Hardwick, then it follows that no heightened review is appropriate – a line of reasoning that does not survive the overruling of Bowers inLawrence v. Texas, 538 U.S. 558 (2003).iv Others rely on claims regarding “procreational responsibility” that the Department has disavowed already in litigation as unreasonable, or claims regarding the immutability of sexual orientation that we do not believe can be reconciled with more recent social science understandings.v And none engages in an examination of all the factors that the Supreme Court has identified as relevant to a decision about the appropriate level of scrutiny.   Finally, many of the more recent decisions have relied on the fact that the Supreme Court has not recognized that gays and lesbians constitute a suspect class or the fact that the Court has applied rational basis review in its most recent decisions addressing classifications based on sexual orientation, Lawrenceand Romer.vi But neither of those decisions reached, let alone resolved, the level of scrutiny issue because in both the Court concluded that the laws could not even survive the more deferential rational basis standard…
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A $363,000 Tax Bill to Widow Led to Obama Shift in Defense of Marriage Act - by Andrew M. Harris,
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Key To the Protection of Children Is:
CONTINUOUS EDUCATION OF ALL THE FACTS OF HUMAN SEXUALITY –
Beginning first with:
Early Childhood Psychological Development Growing Up Gay   
Safeguards - Gay Marriage From REPEAL

The CENTRAL ROUTE To Decision-Making - Permanent Change In Attitude
ELABORATION LIKELIHOOD MODEL
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“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson

…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!


All the Vatican's ANTIGAY TEACHINGS are UNSUBSTANTIATED = Anti-intellectualism (Hitler Youth, Book Burning) = NOT based on any Authoritative Facts from the bible or science = IRRATIONAL = Vatican Condemning Galileo 1632 ≠ ROMAN CATHOLIC ≠ Victimization of Opponents to Gay Rights = Kids Are Being Hurt!!! | * * * * * * Benedict XVI 30 yrs Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups – 3/9/11

Obama 1st US call for gay rights at the UN 
“Human rights are the inalienable right of every person, no matter who they are or who they love” 
US Ambassador - March 23, 2011

Vatican tells U.N. that critics of gays under attack
by Tom Heneghan,
March 22, 2011 – Reuters Africa

GENEVA (Reuters) - People who criticise gay sexual relations for religious or moral reasons are increasingly being attacked and vilified for their views, a Vatican diplomat told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said the Roman Catholic Church deeply believed that human sexuality was a gift reserved for married heterosexual couples. But those who express these views are faced with "a disturbing trend," he said.

"People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behaviour between people of the same sex," he told the current session of the Human Rights Council.

"When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature ... they are stigmatised, and worse -- they are vilified, and prosecuted..,
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What you cannot do is accept injustice.
From Hitler – or anyone.
You must make the injustice visible – be prepared to die like a soldier to do so.
Mahatma Gandhi

Kids Are Being Hurt !!!



Pope 'obstructed' sex abuse inquiry
by Jamie Doward,
April 24, 2005 - The Observer

Benedict XVI Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups
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Vatican blocks gay human rights vote at the UN.
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Gay Marriage NEW YORK 2011 – links & more:

NY BUSINESS LEADERS Gay Marriage Letter - “...In an age where talent determines the economic winners, great states and cities must demonstrate a commitment to creating an open, healthy and equitable environment in which to live and work,” the letter reads. “As other states, cities and countries across the world extend marriage rights regardless of sexual orientation, it will become increasingly difficult to recruit the best talent if New York cannot offer the same benefits and protection.” April 8, 2011  


MORE THAN A MONOLOGUE: SEXUAL DIVERSITY AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - Paul Lakeland - “...When the Church requires life-long celibacy of all people who are not heterosexual (the demand it makes of homosexuals who wish to participate fully in Church life), it imposes a sanction which is,… A call to be less loving, body and soul, is a call to be less in the image and likeness of God.” – May 10, 2011

CAROLINE KENNEDY SCHLOSSBERG - "Falling in love, getting married and building a family is part of the American dream," Kennedy said. "I believe that all Americans, including committed gay and lesbian couples, should have the opportunity to pursue that dream." May 12, 2011

Gay Marriage & Benedict XVI a HITLER YOUTH - Hidden holocaust - gay and lesbian persecution in Germany, 1933-45

JEWISH, Republican, pro-gay rights – May 14, 2011

NYC - MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG declared that he could “...see the pain that the status quo is causing — and I cannot defend it.” And he said that New York, as the birthplace of the gay rights movement, should live up to its reputation as a beacon of freedom and tolerance. May 26, 2011

POLL: MAJORITY in US back same-sex marriage - May 20, 2011

NY GOV CUOMO Marriage Equality - May 23, 2011

ACCEPTANCE OF GAY MARRIAGE Gallups along - May 23, 2011

MN GOV. MARK DAYTON - "Without question, I am vetoing it [Gay Marriage Ban]; and I urge Minnesotans to reject this mean-spirited, divisive, un-Minnesotan and un-American amendment," he said. “Minnesota is better than this. Minnesotans are better than this. I urge Minnesotans to reject this amendment.” May 25, 2011

New memorial to GAY HOLOCAUST VICTIMS to be built in Munich - May 31, 2011

USA PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month – May 31, 2011 – The White House

CHICAGO - Support for same-sex marriage spiraling upward "It is by no means the final step..." – June 1, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO - Prop. 8 - Challenge to gay judge's ruling REJECTED – June 14, 2011

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “It really is a historic triumph for equality and freedom,” Bloomberg said after the vote. “This really is a great day for New York and America.” June 25, 2011

Elected officials’ Catholic dilemma on same-sex marriage -> “...Catholics are generally more supportive of legal recognitions of same-sex relationships than Americans overall.” By Robert P. Jones - June 30, 2011  

Chicago - Mayor Rahm Emanuel backs Gay Marriage – June 6, 2011

US Justice Department strongly backs gays on marriage – July 7, 2011


 





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