Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Anne Underwood, co-founder of Catholics for Marriage Equality, sent an email blast today criticizing her local church (she didn't say which one) for inserting politics into a recent worship service.
"This past Sunday was confusing and painful in my parish," she wrote.
She said the priest told a story about how, for 30 years, a husband always gave his wife the heel of the bread when making sandwiches. She finally asked why, and he said "because it's my favorite part." And she replies,"But I hate the heel."
This lead to a discussion of scripture, according to Underwood, where the priest quoted passages from Mark that denounce divorce.
"From a passage devoted to divorce, he deduced that only opposite gender couples are chosen by God for marriage," she wrote.
After the service, Catholics for Marriage Equality held a banner outside, and passed out buttons and pamphlets. The group has been a vocal critic of the church for its opposition to gay marriage and for its deep involvement in the 2009 campaign to repeal gay marriage in Maine.
This time around, the church has said it will focus on delivering its message after Mass with discussions for those who are interested in the topic.Tweet
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