Did Your Pastor Preach on the Supremes’ Decision on Gay Marriage?

Did Your Pastor Preach on the Supremes’ Decision on Gay Marriage? June 29, 2015

This is an informal, non-scientific poll that I’m conducting from my own curiosity.

Did you pastor address the Supreme Court decision doing away with marriage in his homily Sunday?

Has he ever preached on the issue of gay marriage?

I’m just curious.


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38 responses to “Did Your Pastor Preach on the Supremes’ Decision on Gay Marriage?”

  1. My parish does not have its own priest; the one who serves our pastoral needs most directly is a very good and holy deacon, who kept us posted about the court’s decision via email. He did speak about it on Sunday, reading both our bishop’s statement and the statement of Archbishop Kurtz for the USCCB, and he has spoken about it before. For the Sacraments, we rely on visiting priests from around the diocese. The priest who said Mass on Sunday was one of our most regular visitors, and he did preach on the ruling — encouraging us to persevere in the truth in love.

  2. Yes, our pastor did mention the decision albeit indirectly. He mentioned the times we’re in as a portent, and he mentioned the Catholic Church’s persecution in Mexico in the 1920’s as an historical example (google “Cristero War”).

    Our pastor has been under heat in the recent past for his sermons opposing same-sex marriage in at least one homily that I myself heard. He was attacked by some of our Catholic parishioners for this. Our Catholic parish is located in the East Bay of the San Francisco area and has many Asian immigrants, mostly from the Philippines who grew up with more traditional and Latin masses.

    This pastor has been placed on a temporary sabbatical beginning just a day ago and will return in November, although we’re not sure if he will remain our pastor or not. Rumor has it that a complaint or accusation was made against him that might have triggered his sabbatical.

    Our congregation has a Latin Mass as part of the many masses it offers. This pastor had reintroduced the Latin Mass and more traditional elements back into the Masses, including some very beautiful sacred choral music. He’s well-loved by the community even though he says unpopular truths, and a huge crowd came to support him before he left.

  3. No, because everyone and their cousin already knows what the church believes about homosexual acts.

  4. No mention in the homily, no preaching on gay marriage at any length – mentioned in passing during a homily on the Sacrament of Marriage.

    Our Diocese’s website published a Statement from the Bishop which will be read from the pulpit this upcoming Sunday.

  5. Yes our priest did make it part of his homily. He used much stronger language than I expected.

  6. My pastor is out of town, but the visiting priest preached on the encyclical. I’ve never heard a sermon directed at homosexuality at all. Our pastor did do a series of homilies on marriage earlier this year, though.

  7. Did your pastor address the Supreme Court decision doing away with marriage in his homily Sunday? – YES

    Has he ever preached on the issue of gay marriage? – YES

  8. I attended my “second parish”–a Maronite parish within a mile of my Roman rite parish. It was the vigil mass on Saturday late afternoon. The chorbishop preached on the ruling, more from a natural law and historicity perspective on marriage being the societal bedrock of families in and for the bringing up of children produced from the marital union. He spoke of how marriage has historically not been about love or “feelings”, as they were often arranged and still are in many parts of the world. Marriage is a unique union that is geared towards the building up of families.

  9. Associate did once.
    There was none of the love or charity that should have been; he went a fire and brimstone route, calling anyone who disagreed with Church teaching “are enemies of the kingdom of God!”

    There were a few who left the mass.

  10. My pastor discussed it in his letter in the weekly bulletin. He didn’t celebrate the Mass I attended but I suspect he said something since his homily usually tracks with his letter.

  11. We had our parochial vicar on Sunday night. Not a word. There was a bulletin insert. I know him, so I know he is faithful to the Church, but people complain a lot to the Bishop. I think our priests don’t want the grief.

  12. My pastor was away on a family thing and I couldn’t tell what the other priest talked about. I was feeling pretty bad and just struggling to stay through the Mass. Looking at the readings doesn’t ring any bells.

    We have a retired priest for the next two or three weeks. In our diocese that can mean anything. I’ll be curious to see if it comes up.

  13. My folks’ church had a letter inserted in the bulletin. But the homily was on the messages to be taken from the readings for the day, so no, it was not preached about.

  14. My pastor was out of town, the guest priest said nothing. But here is my guess. My pastor is a stickler for ” though shalt preach only on the topic in the Gospel and readings” which means we will have to wait until the Gospel of Matthew to hear anything about it.

    The last time the Wedding at Cana came about, he avoided the issue.

    Before that happens, Oregon State Governor Kate Brown, openly bi adulteress, will be persecuting the Catholic Church with vigor.

  15. The subject of my pastor’s sermon wasn’t the decision (as I think he’d prepared it before the announcement was made) but before he began the sermon he made a point to make a statement about the decision and to reaffirm that regardless of what the courts say, we believe marriage is created by God and is exclusively between a man and a woman. This is a black Baptist church in DC, and he is friends with Obama. Oh, and edited to add, yes he has preached on this in the past.

  16. We had a visiting priest from India who spoke on his mission. No word of the legitimization of gay marriage and I don’t expect any once my pastor returns. His inclination is not to offend and I understand his inclination as he is shepherd to the entire parish flock.

  17. Our pastor stuck to the message, on Hosea, but did take time beforehand to talk about the decision. A friend’s church did postpone the message out of Ecclesiastes in favor of a very long sermon on marriage and the courts. My church is currently in the increasingly liberal PC(USA), and being a conservative congregation we have already discussed this issue. Very likely we will be leaving the PC(USA) branch of Presbyterianism, tho not simply because of the gay issue, but because they are in general drifting towards downgrading Jesus, the Cross, and holiness, and lifting up radical feminist theology, social “justice” causes, and in some areas denying the deity, virgin birth, miracles, salvation found in, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all tenets Presbyterians are supposed to hold to but many teachers and elders in positions of power do not in fact hold to any more. :/

  18. Wonder what he preached on today, 30 June. 1st reading was from Genesis, destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and not for being inhospitable.

  19. No. When Pennsylvania legalized gay
    ‘marriage’ a year ago, and our bishop published a letter in our Catholic newspaper reminding our diocese of the truth of marriage, our pastor said nothing. I went to another church not far from ours, whose pastor did talk about it and spoke the truth of what marriage is and is not, and instructed his parochial vicar to do the same. I was deeply disappointed in our pastor. Some clergy seem to avoid the word “sin” and are lukewarm about instructing the faithful.

  20. A pastor is the shepherd to the entire flock, yes, so that raises the question of why shepherding the flock doesn’t include instructing, when, in this case, sinful sex acts have been legalized as ‘marriage’. A true shepherd who loves his flock leads them away from evil and does not countenance it for fear of offending people. Of course some will get offended when they don’t like the message, but one is either for God or against Him. There is no middle ground. Is it not offensive to those who follow God’s law, to know that their pastor pushes the subject under the proverbial rug? Why is it that right and wrong are so morally relative today? The gay marriage issue has been cleverly framed to be one considered equal to blacks’ civil rights, and society’s silence, for fear of being called a bigot, had a part in events over the years unfolding to this dark result.

  21. I went to a daily Mass today and listened to the reading on the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Our pastor’s short homily ignored it. I don’t even recall what generic thing he said during the minute or so homily.

  22. At the end of the mass, our pastor announced a letter from the bishop was posted by the entry for us to read. Nothing directly in the homily.

  23. I live in Los Angeles where anything goes. Some parishes are much stronger than others especially in the Hispanic communities. Archbishop Gomez put out a good response in the Tidings and Hombre Nuevo spoke out very eloquently against this so-called “new law of the land.”

    I already sense some will undermine the Church’s long held teachings on the sacrament of marriage while others will defend it til the end.

    I hope we will be praying for what may come. May the Lord of Life accompany us to hold to the truth and to remain steadfast in prayer and in charity.

  24. Well, the Apostle Paul said that, I’m afraid…:

    “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

    -1 Corinthians 6:9-10

  25. Yeah, and every time someone like him or you puts that out, taken from scripture or not, we chase away good people from the faith.
    It’s Catholic teaching that we’re supposed to approach our LBGT brothers and sisters with dignity and compassion. Remember Pope Francis saying, “Who am I to judge?”

  26. And take what Pope Francis said in context, because he has had a lot more to say since that one comment, which has itself been taken out of context.

    News Flash: Those are the teaching words of an Apostle from the Bible, and that means that they are a part of Church teaching…it would not be compassionate if we ignored that reality, because we could be putting souls in danger.

  27. That doesn’t mean we kick people to the curb for merely being homosexual, David, whether that’s in scripture or not.

    The associate pastor in question wasn’t showing compassion; he was showing the opposite of it, a visceral hatred of people who disagreed. It wasn’t tough love, it wasn’t delivering the truth; it was reinforcing negative stereotypes to separate “Us” from “Them”

  28. Not at all…Neither that pastor, nor I, was suggesting that anyone be kicked to the curb. He was clearly saying that those behind this decision have set themselves up as enemies of God and must repent.

    There is plenty of hope for those who are God’s enemies…he loves them…but God has enemies. That is an unfortunate but clear reality, as this decision showed…yet again.