But Some Catholic Bishops Are Brave…

March 15, 2010 at 11:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Sometimes I want to resign from the various listservs I’m on. I get up, I’m feeling pretty good, and here comes an email reporting that the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver has expelled (well, not permitted to re-enroll) a little girl from a Catholic school because her parents are gay. And the school is called “Sacred Heart of Jesus.” Picture that particular Jesus appearing and saying, “My heart is a heart of love, except for little girls whose parents’ sexuality is intrinsically disordered.” Sweet Jesus.

Since I have clearly fallen off the wagon regarding my resolution to stop raving about the Vatican and the hierarchy, I now report, in an effort to move on to more productive things, that two other Catholic bishops (not from the US) have done something I am not ashamed of. To wit: the Catholic bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have called on the United States and the rest of the world to take steps to abolish nuclear weapons.

In a press release issued in advance of a nuclear security conference to take place in Washington DC in April, Nagasaki Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami and Hiroshima Bishop Joseph Atsumi Misue say: 

“We, as the bishops of the Catholic Church of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, which is the only country in the world to have suffered nuclear attacks, demand that the president of the United States, the Japanese government and the leaders of other countries make utmost efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.”

They also say that responsibility for the bombings  “should be borne not only by the United States” but “also the other countries, including Japan, which have kept on waging wars throughout their history.” They call on the US  to “limit the purpose of retaining nuclear weapons to deterring others from using such weapons only” so as to move “toward the elimination of nuclear weapons.”

Now begins the wait to see if the US bishops can withdraw their attention from the demonization of little girls who have the wrong parents long enough to amplify this brave call by their brother bishops from Japan.

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