Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, as quoted in the December 2014 issue of the Catholic Telegraph of Cincinnati:
“We have to be compassionate,” the Archbishop said. “Does this mean that a parent (who is a teacher-minister in an archdiocesan school) cannot attend a ceremony should one of his or her children choose to join in a same-sex union? Of course not; parents need to show their love for their children.”
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence in a 2 May 2013 pastoral letter to Rhode Island Catholics:
And because “same-sex marriages” are clearly contrary to God’s plan for the human family, and therefore objectively sinful, Catholics should examine their consciences very carefully before deciding whether or not to endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies, realizing that to do so might harm their relationship with God and cause significant scandal to others.
I had the pleasure of meeting two priests from Bishop Tobin’s diocese on St. Peter’s Square before St. Francis’s midday Angelus during my Rome pilgrimage earlier this month. They are good men serving a thoughtful shepherd.
And for what it’s worth, Archbishop Schnurr’s breezy “of course not” bit is a big part of the problem with his statement, as though it’s a matter that shouldn’t trouble anyone’s conscience. That he makes statements on pressing topics so infrequently makes it all the more glaring.