IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2006 GMT:
I received this via email from a reader who contacted the office of the Bishop of Buffalo. Here is the response he received.
Please see the following message from Bishop Malone:
Thank you for your message regarding the sign at SS Brigid-Columba Church here in Buffalo. As soon as I learned of this sign, I took immediate action to have it removed. The pastor of SS Brigid and Columba Church told me that the “2 Dads” were meant to refer to a child who has both a father and stepfather. There are several children in his parish who have both a father and stepfather. However, given the potential for the meaning of this message to be misunderstood and even perceived in a heretical way, it was immediately removed.
God bless you!
Executive Assistant to the Bishop
Diocese of Buffalo
So, I consider this to be closed.
It seems that this was a matter of a poor word choice and that the pastor has taken action to correct the situation… to his credit.
That said, I don’t think it was wrong to jump all over this sign. It was not a good situation, but it has been properly resolved.
I’m closing the combox now.
UPDATE : 1954 GMT:
From a comment, below, comes this important element that must in fairness be considered.
I called the parish office & verified the message from the woman who answered. She handed the phone to the pastor, and he said the message was targeted towards children of divorce. I gently warned him that he was going to be receiving a lot of complaints, and that he should re-word the message.
I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but I have a hard time believing that anyone in these United States, where there was a whole “Heather has two mommies” thing, could post a sign like that and not intend a homosexual relationship rather than a “dad” and “step-dad” situation.
A hard time believing… it is not impossible.. but it’s hard. Maybe it was merely a poor choice of wording.
Hopefully the pastor will immediately change the sign and issue a clarification. If he does, I’ll happily let you know when I am made aware.
____ ORIGINAL Published on: Nov 9, 2015 @ 12:19Edit
A reader sent this horrid photo.
Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity incarnate, has His heavenly Father from all eternity in the First Person of the Trinity. Jesus, the incarnate Word, had His earthly Father in the person of St. Joseph.
That is not what this sign is trying to say, as you can tell from the second and third lines.
This is a pro-homosexual “marriage” and pro-homosexual adoption sign.
In that view, this sign is blasphemous and should be immediately taken down.
The pastor of the parish should be required publicly to apologize for his offense against the Faith and the scandal he caused.
For those of you who think this might be fake or photoshopped, here are two more photos posted at the site of Catholic Family News.
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