From CNA with my emphases and comments:
St. Louis Archbishop responds to gay rights protest outside cathedral
St. Louis, Mo., Nov 30, 2009 / 06:17 pm (CNA).- In a statement Monday, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis responded to a demonstration held outside the city’s cathedral by a gay rights group protesting the use of archdiocesan funds to defend traditional marriage in Maine. [Imagine the effrontery! The Catholic Church daring to be involved in a moral issue! Imagine, a Catholic bishop chosing to defend... wait for it... marriage. OH the humanity!] Catholics have an obligation to “carry out Christ’s teachings, whether in the privacy of our own home or in the public square,” stated the prelate on the Archdiocese of St. Louis website. [Do I hear an "Amen!"?]
On Sunday, gay rights organization Show Me No Hate [The Catholic Church's teaching on marriage is not a demonstration of "hate" toward anyone. Undermining God's design, however, is not charity toward anyone.] protested the donation of $10,000 that the Archdiocese of St. Louis made to the “Yes on 1” campaign in Portland, Maine earlier this year. The initiative, which supported traditional marriage between a man and a woman, was voted on and passed during the mid-term elections.
According to The Vital Voice, Show Me No Hate has accused the Archdiocese of St. Louis of misusing the funds, saying the Church has neglected the poor, sick and homeless in the city by donating the money to a campaign against gay “marriage.” [Hey wait... that sounds familiar: "Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray him, said: 'Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?' Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and having the purse, carried the things that were put therein" ( John 12:4-6).] The organization plans to rally outside the cathedral every Sunday for the duration of the season of Advent. [Too bad it doesn't get very cold there.]
“Following Christ’s teaching on marriage does not mean we neglect the poor,” stated Archbishop Carlson in response to the accusations. [How tedious it must be to have to explain that sort of obvious point.] “In fact, no other private institution in the world does as much for the sick and poor as the Catholic Church.”
Archbishop Carlson explained that the funds used for the “Yes on 1” campaign were discretionary, provided by private gifts and sent in response to the request of the Archdiocese of Maine. The archbishop also mentioned that “Yes on 1” succeeded despite the fact that same-sex “marriage” supporters had outraised the campaign by almost $2 million. [Nice touch.]
The Church “always tries to follow the teachings of Jesus in welcoming all people,” and “does not believe in discrimination” said the archbishop in his statement on Monday. He then made reference to the fact that the Archdiocese of St. Louis is currently the largest private contributor to Doorways, an organization that provides services for those living with HIV/AIDS. [I wonder if the protesters will protest that too?]
The archbishop explained, however, that this “does not mean we can change Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage” [Because Catholics are not so arrogant as to think they can edit the Word of God or distort God's will. We don't claim such authority] and added that Catholics have the obligation to “carry out Christ’s teachings, whether in the privacy of our own home or in the public square.” [Do I hear an "Amen!"?]
“Separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor a particular faith,” continued the prelate. “It does not mean that faith-filled people lose their right to speak out publicly and engage in the political process.” [Do I hear another "Amen!"? Well done.]
When it comes to serving the poor and supporting traditional marriage, Archbishop Carlson added that “it’s not an either/or choice when it comes to Christ’s teachings. As Catholics, we are called to live and teach them all.”
"… live and teach them all."
There really is no such thing as a picking and choosing "cafeteria Catholic", is there. Catholics embrace all of it. If you don’t… then you have real questions of identity.