Aren't You Ashamed?

04/19/2013 Comments (198)

“Aren’t you ashamed of your Church? How can you be so bigoted to oppose marriage equality? Why do you persecute gay people?” 

That’s how one supporter of redefining marriage put it to me.  Another said about the same thing, only she claimed to be a Catholic. My response:  I am not ashamed of the Catholic Church.  If I am ashamed of Catholics, it is for my failure and others’ failure to live the whole gospel, truth and love.  And I am ashamed when we Catholics are embarrassed by Catholic teaching.

Why is it bigoted to believe, as Jesus did, that marriage is a union of a man and a woman for life? If that’s bigotry, then I am a bigot for Jesus’ sake, I guess. People like to recall the...READ MORE

Filed under church teaching, marriage equality, same sex marriage

About Mark Brumley

Mark Brumley
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Mark Brumley is CEO for Ignatius Press. He is associate publisher of He is project coordinator for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, and editor of Ignatius Press's Modern Apologetics Library, A Study Guide for Joseph Ratzinger's Jesus of Nazareth, A Study Guide for Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, and YOUCAT Study Guide. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications. Mark lives in Napa, California with his wife and children.