Saturday, June 27, 2015: Homily by Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Remarks by the President on the Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality
11:14 A.M. EDT 6/26/215
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times -- a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American.
Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.
This morning, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they’ve reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law. That all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.
This decision will end the patchwork system we currently have. It will end the uncertainty hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples face from not knowing whether their marriage, legitimate in the eyes of one state, will remain if they decide to move [to] or even visit another. This ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land.
In my second inaugural address, I said that if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. It is gratifying to see that principle enshrined into law by this decision.
This ruling is a victory for Jim Obergefell and the other plaintiffs in the case. It's a victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights. It’s a victory for their children, whose families will now be recognized as equal to any other. It’s a victory for the allies and friends and supporters who spent years, even decades, working and praying for change to come.
And this ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: When all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free.
My administration has been guided by that idea. It’s why we stopped defending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and why we were pleased when the Court finally struck down a central provision of that discriminatory law. It’s why we ended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” From extending full marital benefits to federal employees and their spouses, to expanding hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients and their loved ones, we’ve made real progress in advancing equality for LGBT Americans in ways that were unimaginable not too long ago.
I know change for many of our LGBT brothers and sisters must have seemed so slow for so long. But compared to so many other issues, America’s shift has been so quick. I know that Americans of goodwill continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue. Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs. All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of that fact; recognize different viewpoints; revere our deep commitment to religious freedom.
But today should also give us hope that on the many issues with which we grapple, often painfully, real change is possible. Shifts in hearts and minds is possible. And those who have come so far on their journey to equality have a responsibility to reach back and help others join them. Because for all our differences, we are one people, stronger together than we could ever be alone. That’s always been our story.
We are big and vast and diverse; a nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, different experiences and stories, but bound by our shared ideal that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off, or how and who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny. We are a people who believe that every single child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
There’s so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.
That’s the consequence of a decision from the Supreme Court, but, more importantly, it is a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who talked to parents -- parents who loved their children no matter what. Folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts, and stayed strong, and came to believe in themselves and who they were, and slowly made an entire country realize that love is love.
What an extraordinary achievement. What a vindication of the belief that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. What a reminder of what Bobby Kennedy once said about how small actions can be like pebbles being thrown into a still lake, and ripples of hope cascade outwards and change the world.
Those countless, often anonymous heroes -- they deserve our thanks. They should be very proud. America should be very proud.
END 11:22 A.M. EDT
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Today, the United States became the 25th and by far the largest nation to guarantee fully equal marriage rights to its citizens.
The US Supreme court has affirmed the Constitutional Rights of Lesbian and Gay people by confirming that the 14th amendment Equal Protection Clause and actually means what it says.
We applaud the Supreme Court for this historic decision. We applaud the many thousands of committed activists that have worked for decades to make this momentous change possible. Most importantly we thank the millions of Lesbian and Gay people who have, sometime at great personal risk, been open and honest about their lives. Your integrity, commitment, warmth and love have truly changed the hearts and minds of this nation.
The Marriage Equality nations are...
Justice on this issue is progressing rapidly. We encourage the Roman Catholic Church to catch up. ORDAIN WOMEN. Marry Lesbian and gay couples.
From the Supreme Court Decision:
These considerations lead to the conclusion that the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty. The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them.
Bridget Mary's Blog has published: ARCWP Videos of Mary Catherine White's Ordination as Priest in New Hampshire which took place last weekend.
From National Catholic Reporter: ’Laudato Si' should have lifted the ban on contraception by Jamie Manson
It's been nearly a week since the much-anticipated release of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment. Since then, the document's many beautiful and challenging elements have been justifiably lauded in both the religious and secular media.
From NCR: Francis again rejects women as heads of Vatican offices by Joshua J. McElwee
TURIN, ITALY Pope Francis has again publicly indicated he is not considering appointing women to leadership positions in the nearly all-male Vatican bureaucracy, saying to do so would be to promote a "functionalism" of women's roles in the Catholic church. continue reading
Well. There you have it. Without any further explanation to support his discriminatory beliefs, the pope states that women should not hold “functional roles” within the Roman Catholic Church Leadership. Disappointing. This Pope has many good qualities. However, he clings to some outdated and misguided opinions concerning women. Pope - hear your people - ORDAIN WOMEN
From New Hampshire Public Radio: After Weekend Ordination, Gorham Woman Says She Will Assume Role Of A Roman Catholic Priest By Chris Jensen
A radical event took place Saturday in a most traditional setting: a tiny, white, classic New England church in Shelburne. Mary Catherine White was ordained and now considers herself a Roman Catholic priest.
A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
That we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
'Laudato Si' Encyclical Page 70
From NYT: Gay Marriage’s Moment by Frank Bruni
REMEMBER the AIDS crisis? If you lived in a big American city during its spread, you were witness to constant sorrow and countless examples of gay people treated as second-class citizens.
It is profoundly unfortunate that the Roman Catholic Church has lost so much of it’s moral credibility by fighting AGAINST love and justice. Catholic Church, when will you provide moral leadership? Catholic church - ORDAIN WOMEN, Marry Lesbian and Gay Couples.
From Huffington Post: Pope Francis Releases 'Laudato Si' Encyclical And Lays Out Moral Case For Addressing Climate Change by Jaweed Kaleem
In a highly anticipated papal letter released Thursday, Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to make safeguarding the environment and battling climate change an urgent and top priority of the 21st century.
Full text of the 'Laudato Si' Encyclical
The Community of St. Bridget applauds the Pope for taking a strong position on the issue of Human Caused Global Warming. Francis has made the moral case for immediate and effective change. We, all of humanity, must drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels starting immediately.
From Cleveland.Com: Cuyahoga County courts set to issue same-sex marriage licenses if Supreme Court strikes down ban
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County's probate courts are ready to go should the U.S. Supreme Court legalize same-sex marriage, according to a news release sent Tuesday.
We extend love and prayers to our Muslim sisters and brothers as they begin observation of the Holy Month of Ramadan. This year Ramadan extends from the evening of Wednesday June 17th thru the evening of Friday July 17th.
The Community of St. Bridget believes in a loving, expansive and inclusive interpretation of Gospel Values. We are outspoken advocates for the Ordination of Catholic Women to the Priesthood.
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From NYT: Pope Creates Tribunal for Bishop Negligence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases By Elisabetta Povoledo and Laurie Goodstein
ROME — Roman Catholic bishops accused of covering up or failing to prevent the sexual abuse of children by priests will now be subject to judgment and discipline by a new Vatican tribunal, according to a plan approved on Wednesday by Pope Francis.
This is good news. It would have been even better news thirty years ago.
Dr. Walter Brueggemann will speak at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church on Sunday June 14. Dr. Brueggemann will teach a 9:30am Bible study class and preach for the 11am worship service. At 2pm, Brueggemann will discuss the Biblical response to the wealth inequality that results in an economy of extraction.
As he explains, both Biblical and present-day economic powers thrive by extracting wealth from the vulnerable and transferring it to a powerful elite. The result is a concentration of wealth in the hands of a few at the expense of the many.
According to Brueggemann, the means of such extraction are unfair taxation, debt management, high interest rates, and cheap labor. The Bible speaks against such practices and in favor of restoring economic equity through debt cancellation. Given current U.S. economic policies and practices, this issue is as important today as it was in Biblical times,.
Among the world’s foremost interpreters of the Hebrew Bible, Walter Brueggemann has lectured and preached all over the world. He is the author of over 100 books and articles, including Theology of the Old Testament; Psalms: New Cambridge Bible Commentary with William Bellinger, Sabbath as Resistance; Reality, Grief, Hope; The Prophetic Imagination; and Journey to the Common Good.
Dr. Brueggemann is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theology Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, where he served from 1986 until his retirement in 2003. He is a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ.
Forest Hill Church Presbyterian
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We have a message from Joan Houk Bishop for the Great Waters Region of Roman Catholic Womenpriests:
US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gives a High School graduation speech in which he proves that he lacks the basic understanding of science that would be expected from a High School Graduate. Frightening.
From Think Progress: Justice Scalia Blows Creationist Dog-Whistle During Graduation Speech At Catholic High School by Ian Millhiser
Justice Antonin Scalia spoke on Thursday at his granddaughter’s graduation from a Catholic high school in Bethesda, Maryland. During the speech, however, the sitting Supreme Court justice offered a subtle nod to young earth creationism, the belief that that the earth was created by God and is only several thousand years-old.
The fact that Scalia is Catholic is not an excuse validating his utter ignorance of the basic facts of human development. The frightening part is that this man holds a lifetime appointment to our nations' highest court - and in that position he has a voice in making critical decisions affecting millions of people.
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