A couple of weeks back, I posted about the Reverend Michael Ryan, of the St. James Cathedral in Seattle, who announced that he would not circulate petitions inside his parish for the campaign to repeal Washington's same-sex marriage law. [see post HERE]
That was kind of big news, a minister standing up to the all-mighty, all-knowing, all-powerful....I kid....Catholic Church, but then it happened again.
The Reverend Tim Clark, of Seattle's Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, was the recipient of a standing ovation from his congregation when he announced that his parish would also not gather signatures for that anti-marriage equality referendum.
Clark's parish is now the sixth one in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive for Referendum 74.
Reverend Tim Clark:
“I am happy to report that Our Lady of the Lake parishioners have been overwhelmingly and, thus far, unanimously supportive of the decision I made NOT to gather signatures in support of this Referendum. The standing ovation experienced during one of the Masses says less about me and much more about the health of this parish. I only wished the archbishop could have experienced the sustained applause--the ‘sensus fidelium’--of the people. He needs to listen to this ‘voice.’ That is my prayer.”
“When I first read the archbishop’s letter I was troubled by the content and his intentions. In conscience, I could not allow signatures to be gathered, to allow the faith to be politicized in this way....What troubles me is the message this whole approach sends which I find discriminatory and insensitive. To follow through with his wishes would be hurtful, divisive and a countersign to what we are trying to foster in this Catholic community in Wedgwood. I deeply believe, and say this with boldness, that this approach is not in the mind of Christ.”