Running right up to the line separating the public from the spiritual (AKA, the separation of church and state), Father McNeil at St. William Parish in RR has issued a letter to all parishioners reminding them of their obligation as good Catholics not to vote for those who support abortion. The letter is clearly targeted at Diana Maldonado.
Please note, this is NOT a letter coming from Joel McNeil, this is a letter coming from Father Joel McNeil of the St. William Parish.
The letter also makes mention of the ‘redefinition of marriage’, a homophobic rhetorical device designed to give otherwise nice people a reason to discriminate at the ballot box. Maldonado has, at no point, indicated her support for equality for gays and lesbians in unions under state law only. So, we have to ask, why DID Father McNeil choose to throw that in? No one is asking him to perform gay marriage ceremonies. The Catholic Church doesn’t recognize them. That absolutely would not change, even if there were changes in Federal law. It’s that whole ‘separation of church and state’ thing.
I’ll withhold additional comment on this. I think something from Captain Kroc may be more appropriate since he is our resident Catholic.
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