The bishops say that by sanctioning same-sex weddings, the state has taken away the rights of children by "redefining marriage in a way that is indifferent to the absence of mother or father." The letter asks that lawmakers approve the proposed ban so that Massachusetts voters can decide the issue in November 2008.
"Marriage is a fundamental social institution," the letter says. "Its definition and meaning are critical concerns for all in society. Because it involves issues of utmost social importance, extending far beyond questions strictly legal, the marriage debate should not be reserved only to lawyers and lawmakers. Every citizen has a stake in the outcome, because every citizen has a stake in the well-being of the family."
So once again, these men, who do not pay taxes like other businessmen (let's be real, the Church is a business) want a say in how the government is run.
I love the fact that they claim that "The State is taking away the rights of children" because of a law (and is false) when the Catholic Church actually aided and abetted the sexual abuse of children. Their continued actions ripped the innocence from THOUSANDS children through sexual abuse.
I don't ever recall the 4 Massachusetts Bishops ever sending a letter to the Massachusetts legislators apologizing for the HUGE child abuse scandal nor a letter to the people of Massachusetts for that matter.
Finally, how do the people, who for years attended their neighbor church only to find that the Bishops closed them down and sold them off, feel about the Massachusetts Bishops telling the legislators to let the people vote on a topic that has nothing to do with them, while the church goers were ripped from their home and beloved parishes with no say whatsoever?