That's the justification offered by Tricia Wittman-Todd, pastoral life coordinator of St. Mary’s Parish in Seattle, for refusing to allow signature gathering in the parish to put Washington's Referendum 74, which is the defense of marriage in the state of Washington, on the ballot.
The highest value in a Catholic Church is getting people into heaven. That requires the avoidance of mortal sin.
She continued "I fear that the collection of signatures would be hurtful and divisive to our parish. I am particularly concerned about our youth who may be questioning their own sexual identity and need our support at this time in their lives.”
The concern of anyone working in a Catholic Church should be Catholic identity, not "sexual identity," which is just a label created to justify sin. And the proper support that a Catholic Church can offer to anyone is Catholicism.
Whitman Todd is not alone. She is joined by Father John Whitney, a Jesuit, of St. Mary's parish, and Father Michael Ryan, pastor of St. James Cathedral.
The signature gathering was requested by His Excellency J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of the Seattle diocese.
The Archbishop should fire Whitman-Todd and remove Frs. Whitney and Ryan from their pastorates.
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney