Monday, August 23, 2010

Catholic Church Continues to Interfer in Mexico's Civil Laws

As an institution, the Roman Catholic Church has to be one of the most corrupt on earth given the Church hierarchy's decades old policy of enabling and covering for sexual predators within the priesthood who raped children and youth with abandon in many cases. For the same institution to attempt to block the civil legal rights of citizens is beyond out outrageous. Yet that is precisely what the Catholic Church is doing in Mexico where the nation's highest court upheld CIVIL marriage rights fro same sex couples. In my view, it is long past time that the Catholic Church be stripped of all special privileges, tax exemptions and, indeed, all deference and respect. The institutional Church has become an insult to the very Gospel message it claims to preach and the ranks of the hierarchy are among today's modern day Pharisees. As the Miami Herald reports, Catholic protesters have demonstrated two days in a row in Guadalajara where the local cardinal has alleged that the country's Supreme Court justices were bribed in order to secure the pro-gay ruling. Here are highlights:
Gay rights activists and a group of Roman Catholics in Mexico have yelled insults at each other during dueling demonstrations over same-sex marriage. Some 200 gay rights activists waved rainbow flags and held signs reading "Thank God I'm gay" at a plaza next to the cathedral in Guadalajara on Sunday.
A similar number of protesters opposed to gay marriage prayed at the cathedral's doors. One of them ripped up a sign held by a gay rights activist, prompting screaming by both sides.
It was the second confrontation in two days in Guadalajara, where Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez stirred controversy by suggesting Mexico's Supreme Court was bribed to uphold a Mexico City law allowing adoptions by homosexual couples.

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