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Catholics for Marriage Equality

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For my Catholic friends and family, learn about Marriage Equality:

Pope Benedict once wrote, “Over the Pope as expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority, there stands one’s own conscience which must be obeyed before all else, even if necessary against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority.”

In the US bishops’ document Faithful Citizenship they write, “Conscience is the voice of God resounding in the human heart, revealing the truth to us and calling us to do what is good while shunning evil.”

We Catholics follow our consciences based on scripture, the teachings of the Church and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Our individual conscience is beyond the claim of external groups, even the official Church. On the subject of approving a civil law regarding marriage equality today in Washington State, we are following our conscience. We believe the stance of our bishops is wrong and hurtful to many.

As Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington State, we believe then new law of our state is consistent with the Gospel values of love, inclusion and fairness.

Sources:

1. Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, Commentary on the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, in vol. 5 Commentary on the Documents of the Vatican II, at 134 (Herbert Vorgrimler, ed., 1969)

2. Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 17 (US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011)

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