After posting this comment from Stand Firm's post on St. Margaret's Palm Springs financial struggles:
I live in Palm Desert and now attend services at a Roman Catholic parish in La Quinta (haven't officially jumped ship yet). Several parishioners at St. Margaret's told me that following the recent California Supreme Court's gay marriage decision, Bishop Mathes quietly has given consent for the blessing of same sex relationships. However, he stopped short of allowing clergy to actually perform the nuptials. Clergy are allowed to bless the civil same sex marriage once it has already occurred. Two weeks ago, Rev. Clark Trafton (retired but assisting clergy) announced immediately after delivering the sermon that he and his partner were recently married. Most of the congregation gave them a standing ovation.
I asked Bishop Mathes if he could comment or clarify this rumor, and received this response by email from Howard Smith, his Canon to the Ordinary:
The Bishop has received your email asking him to comment on a rumor. As blogs do not commit to journalistic standards, such as not reporting on rumor, it is not his custom to comment on blogs. With that said, the Bishop is confident that the clergy of our diocese are following his counsel and direction regarding the issue about which you inquired.
Canon to the Ordinary for Finance and Administration
I have to agree, I understand the reasoning and appreciate Bishop Mathes's response. I do, however, disagree with the "journalistic standards" criterion, not that blogs have them - they often don't - but that journalists have them - because they often don't. But that's my quibble, not the bishop's!