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Two former Popes are going in together today to the Holy Mother Church Hall of Fame. John XXIII, he of Vatican II, and John Paul II (or as we originally called him, Pope John Paul John Paul) will be inducted by the present holder of the office. There will be hymns and prayers and maybe even balloons for the kids. And likely, there will be signs of reconciliation and peace among these devout followers of Jesus.

Don't believe it.

For today's local paper also brought news of the local Diocese going the extra mile to shame one of its faith.  Instead of turning the other cheek, it brought out a hot poker and pointed it at the offender.

The story:

Lynn Zlotkowski was married over Memorial Day weekend last year and, like most newlyweds, was so excited she wanted to share news of the joyous occasion with friends.

But when the Sacred Heart Academy graduate sent her wedding announcement and photograph to the school in Amherst for inclusion in its alumni magazine, the submission was rejected.

Zlotkowski, who had married a woman, was told that same-sex marriages could not be placed in Cordecho, the school publication for students, alumni and friends of Sacred Heart.

Zlotkowski, 32 and a member of the Class of ’99, was disappointed.

“I treasure my time at Sacred Heart and feel sad that my school doesn’t feel empowered to support part of their population,” Zlotkowski said during a phone interview from her home in Dedham, Mass.

“I know I am not the only gay alumna Sacred Heart has,” Zlotkowski said. “You can’t just ignore a portion of the people you educated and helped grow into the person they’ve become.”

Zlotkowski received an email response to her wedding announcement request, and while friendly and cordial, it rejected the request for inclusion in the alumni publication.

“I’m very sorry that we can’t publish your pictures and your good news in the Cordecho,” Sister Edith Wyss wrote. “We had a similar request several years ago and we did publish that announcement of the marriage of an alum to her partner. We did expect some negative response and we got some.

“However some readers of the Cordecho also contacted the Diocese of Buffalo. The bishop sent a diocesan official to meet with us at SHA to make sure that we understood what we had done,” Wyss wrote. “In their view, we were publicly supporting same-sex marriage. In our view, we were supporting our alumnae.”

The bottom line, according to Wyss, was that the Cordecho – published three times a year in winter, spring and fall – could not again print news or photos related to same-sex marriage.

Wyss declined to be interviewed for publication, but did return a phone call seeking her comment. The email, she said, was an accurate reflection of her sentiment.

I usually try to avoid the comments on online news sites; they tend to be troll-filled spouts of hate and stupidity with enough flame-throwing to take down a small city.  But the comments to this story included one from the "similar request" that caused such a kerfuffle:

Sacred Heart Academy, from which I graduated in 1981, posted my marriage to Theresa three years ago in the Cordecho. The Bishop then sent his "representative" or goon if you will, to threaten the board of directors and the head of school should they every do that again. I am proud to say there were several SHA alum at my wedding along with two Franciscan Sisters. I heard from many other classmates and former teachers congratulating me, including Sister Edith, quoted in the article. I am confident that SHA would have continued posting lesbian marriages had it not been for the Bishop. If I had a daughter, I would be proud to send her to Sacred Heart Academy. I thank God every day for the faculty and staff who supported me as I struggled all those years ago with my sexual identity. God bless them and save them from narrow minded fools, including the bishop.

Another commenter wisely questioned whether the Bishop has a similar doctrinal aversion to posting wedding announcements from couples who included a previously divorced spouse, or who had cohabitated prior to the wedding- both equally stonable offenses under both commandment and catechism. But those don't flaunt it the way, you know, BEING BORN WITH TEH GAY does. No way His Eminence is going to allow such irrefutable proof of God's sick sense of humor into one of HIS school publications.

Pope Francis's take on the whole issue is, "Who am I to judge?"  No need, Your Holiness; you still have plenty of minions with mitres to do it for you.

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bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: April 27th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should have written this.

Minions with mitres. I love it. But the minions have underlings of their own. And even these lackeys are accorded a special and utterly unwarranted respect in our society. Enough unwarranted respect that the nonsense that just took place in Rome was treated as news rather than what it was - the laughably quaint and curious rituals of primitive superstition.

oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: April 28th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooo... my conservative Catholic friends and family hate it when I point out the remarried divorcees thing.

Mostly because they don't have a coherent answer for it.
liddle_oldman From: liddle_oldman Date: April 28th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or, if they're using Leviticus to back their homophobia, anyone who wears blended fabric, wears red, eats 'q or shrimp, or shaves. These are all abominations! Says so right here in this book.
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