There they go again. A couple- of ambitious priests are attempting to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else while meddling in public policy. Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde and Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo issued a joint statement which reads, in part:

No politician should be able to reverse the people’s decision. We call on the
attorney general to do the job he was elected to perform, which is to
defend the state laws he agrees with, as well as those state laws with
which he personally disagrees.

When Mark Herring was sworn in as Virginia Attorney General he took an oath of office which includes “I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the united States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia …” If he feels that something is unconstitutional then he has an obligation to do what he can to reverse it.

Unlike AG Herring, these bishops don’t seem to have much respect for the United State Constitution. They don’t care about even a semblance of honoring the separation of church and state.

More importantly, the people don’t get to decide something that the Supreme Court has held to be a basic civil right. It is the people who lacked the authority to ban same-sex marriage in the first place.

These bishops should stick to supervising the priests who minister to their parishioners. They have every right to tell Catholics not to enter into same-sex marriage. They have no right to attempt to force others to obey the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

This is all probably irrelevant anyway. The matter is in the courts and the bishops have no say.  Mark Herring has made his decision and that’s not going to change.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.