In Iowa, Bishop Martin Amos of the Davenport diocese is being criticized and pressured because he refuses to allow a representative of an organization that favors changing the definition of marriage to give a presentation at a Catholic high school’s graduation.
The organization that contradicts Church teaching by supporting the redefinition of marriage, the Eychaner Foundation, is complaining about being prohibited from presenting at the graduation a scholarship that it is giving to one of the students for the student’s “work reducing homophobia.”
Bishop Amos is allowing the student’s scholarship to be announced at graduation–just not by an Eychaner rep. The reason is that the diocese has a policy against allowing “any organization which promotes a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church to present at a diocesan institution.”
The diocese has applied its policy consistently. In fact, Eychaner admits that it has given Catholic students its scholarship for years and has never been allowed to present the scholarship at a diocesan school graduation.
Here once again is the irony in the battle over marriage. The Eychaner Foundation and its allies claim to oppose bullying, but they are bullying a Catholic diocese for not letting them stand up in the diocese’s own podium.
This is why North Carolina’s victory for marriage yesterday is so important. If the definition of marriage is changed, all Christians who believe marriage is one man–one woman will suffer discrimination and bullying because they will be defined as bigots.
Opponents of man-woman marriage don’t want “equality,” they insist on forcing everyone else to cooperate in spreading their message, or else be subject to ridicule and worse.
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