Sunday, May 18, 2008

San Diego speaks on the California Supreme Court ruling

From Bishop James Mathes, Diocese of San Diego, on the recent California Supreme Court ruling [boldface mine]:

May 17, 2008

While visiting the Diocese of El Salvador, I learned of yesterday's ruling by the California Supreme Court that it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to receive a California marriage license. With efforts already underway to place a constitutional amendment on November's ballot banning such marriages, it is clear that this issue will continue to permeate our political life.

I support the Supreme Court's decision and oppose the likely effort to amend the constitution. At a federal level, the constitution has only been successfully amended to expand rights, not remove them, and it follows that California would maintain a similar posture.

While supporting the rights of gays and lesbians, I am mindful that our church has not yet made the decision to bless same-sex unions. We are in the midst of a challenging but vital conversation about holy relationships in this diocese and indeed across the communion. I ask all people of the diocese to hold the court's decision gently. Prayerfully remember that God has placed his children, who share different perspectives on same-sex relationships, next to each other in church every Sunday.

As Archbishop Rowan Williams said, "our baptism puts us in solidarities not of our own choosing." Let us be good stewards of these solidarities and teach each other, and the wider community, how to listen and learn from each other as we accept the Court's decision to allow equal access to the institution of marriage.

The Right Reverend James R. Mathes
Bishop of San Diego

I don't feel like taking this apart right now to illustrate the illogic and bending to the culture that this statement displays (although I might do that later), so I have one word, and one word only, to say to the Episcopal Church: Good-bye.

H/t to Walking with Integrity.

2 comments: said...

Bishop Mathes' announcement is definitely a bold move....Apparently, the poor guy has been waiting all this time for the State of California to say it's OK for him to disobey scripture. Now he's free to talk about his real views more openly. I hope others in the diocese are listening.

As for your announcement, wow. We'll be watching for more on that....Not an easy decision for anyone to make, but very few great decisions are easy. God's peace to you as you make the transition.

Judith L said...

You and yours are in my prayers, Anne.