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US Catholic Church puts opposition to LGBTQ ahead of life

US Catholic Church puts opposition to LGBTQ ahead of life

The US Catholic Church opposed a national suicide prevention hotline because it would include LGBTQ resources says National Catholic Reporter. The church has also long opposed the Violence Against Women Act, and the Employment Non-discrimination Act. The church opposes these acts and the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act because they lack a distinction between “between sexual inclination and sexual conduct”.


When the U.S. Congress passed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act last fall to establish a toll-free number with assistance for those with mental health crises, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops quietly lobbied behind the scenes against the legislation.

The bishops’ justification? The legislation contained special funding for LGBTQ support.

A similar path has been taken by the U.S. bishops since March 2013 toward the Violence Against Women Act, bipartisan legislation that established a separate office and additional funding for the prosecution of violent crimes against women.

Relatedly, the bishops have long opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation that dates back to 1974 and has been proposed by each Congress since 1994. The bill prohibits discrimination in hiring and employment due to sexual orientation, and the bishops argue that it fails to distinguish “between sexual inclination and sexual conduct” and does “not represent an authentic step forward in the pursuit of justice in the workplace.”


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Kurt T Hill

What does one expect from the Roman Church..? I am surprised that progressive Roman Catholics in the USA have not left them for the Episcopal Church, ELCA, etc.

B. D. Howes

I encourage those interested spend a few minutes looking into this.

As a teen, I learned, whenever possible, to go to the source. In this case, that can be done without extraordinary effort. Curiosity rather than sloth is the better path to consuming information.

Tossing in a few quotes from a secondary source, as is done here, makes this at best a tertiary source. It is lazy, as opposed to credible, journalism and should be discouraged.

Fr. Anthony Dinoto

Fact is, the account of the R.C.’s obstructionist role in these matters is undeniable.

TJ Hudson

First of all, the article is about what the National Catholic Reporter says, not what the bishops or USCCB have said. Therefore, the quotations are first-order sources.

However, I am more inclined to reflect on the recent Gallup poll, which says (according NPR, which I suppose is also not a first-hand source) that the proportion of US adults identifying themselves as members of the (Roman) Catholic Church has declined by 18% in the last decade – the greatest decrease of any US religious organization. It appears to me that the bishops are fanning the flames of their own demise.

Matt Goodwin

The article links to a the NCR account, which provides a link to the bishops’ statement. It gives the reader what is needed should the reader wish to look further.

Tom Downs

You seem to be suggesting there is something wrong with this little article. What?

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