February 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm EST | by Steve Charing
Archbishop O’Brien defends traditional marriage

Archbishop O'Brien believes that the marriage bill will fail.

Edwin O’Brien, the Archbishop of Baltimore who will soon be Cardinal, denounced the effort to secure marriage equality in Maryland. His speech from Jan. 25, shown on the Catholic Review website (http://www.catholicreview.org/) ridicules the notion that opposing the bill amounts to discrimination.

O’Brien injected race into his comments.

“Racial discrimination is discrimination because of the pigment of the skin and it can’t be tolerated,” he said. “But marriage goes far deeper than the pigment of the skin. It goes to the very roots of our culture. And we are in it — for keeps.”

He predicted that the coalition that opposes the measure will succeed in derailing the marriage bill.

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  • Actually O’Brien is NOT the current Archbishop of Baltimore; he is the Apostolic Administrator of the archdiocese awaiting his replacement to be named. Last year he was appointed to a Vatican Post and will be leaving as soon as a replacement is named. Of course this makes little difference in the practical effect of the Catholic Church’s continued homophobic embracing of bigotry and discrimitation in its howling protest against all Marylanders being treated equally before the law. The shameless interjection of race into the argument by the archbishop is yet another example of the proposterous links to which the church’s hierarchy will go to to advance its unconvincing position. As an increasing number of their own flock finds the church’s teaching on sexual matters incredible, and sometimes hypocritical, the tact now seems to be to enlist law and government to enforce what the bishops are unable to achieve through their own preaching and example. What a bankrupt approach for a religious institution!

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