New York Archbishop Timothy J. Dolan (photo) has put an exclamation point on the Catholic Church’s opposition to the state’s legalization of homosexual “marriage,” issuing a decree that no same-sex wedding ceremonies will be permitted at facilities owned by the archdiocese, which comprises three of New York City's five counties/boroughs, as well as seven counties in New York state.
“No Catholic facility or property, including but not limited to parishes, missions, chapels, meeting halls, Catholic educational, health, or charitable institutions or benevolent orders, or any place dedicated, consecrated, or used for Catholic worship may be used for the solemnization or consecration of same-sex marriages,” the Archbishop said in the October 18th pronouncement.
In addition, he stated that no priest, deacon, or employee of the diocese “may participate in the civil solemnization or celebration of a same-sex marriage,” emphasizing that “[e]cclesiastical solemnization or celebration of same-sex marriages is expressly forbidden by Canon law.”
Dolan’s action comes in response to the state legislature’s legalization of homosexual “marriage” in late June, following a heated campaign by both pro-family and pro-homosexual forces throughout the state. Dolan was a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, and as Governor Andrew Cuomo, himself a Catholic of sorts, pulled out all stops to force the legislation though, recalled LifeSite News, the Archbishop "compared the ‘perilous presumption of the state to re-invent the very definition of an undeniable truth,’ to the actions of totalitarian states and communist governments."
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