Seattle Archbishop Sartain: Catholic Churches may not recognize same-sex ‘marriage’ in any way.

“Since marriage is regulated by both civil and canon law,” he wrote, “clerics must always keep in mind the demands of both law systems.  Now that any two persons regardless of gender are permitted to enter marriage as defined in the state of Washington, the law of the Catholic Church diverges from civil law.”

“This change in civil law is not in the best interest of children or society,” he wrote.

– No priest or deacon or lay minister may officiate at a same-sex “marriage.”
– No church facility or school facility may be offered for such an event, even if it is to be witnessed by a non-Catholic minister or civil official.
– No church facility or school facility may be used for a reception after such an event.
– No church ministers, ordained or lay, may offer “wedding preparation” for such couples.

The refresher also addressed the civil aspects of the law.

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Editor’s note: Also worth considering – those who choose to live in an objective state of mortal sin are typically unable to receive absolution (for ANY sins) in the sacrament of reconciliation – unless/until their living arrangement changes – for the better.

Archbishop Sartain: “Everything I have, I have received … What I have, I will offer you: the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

In his first address to the Catholics in his diocese, the new archbishop offered them clear and practical guidance for following Christ more closely. He advised them to recall God’s presence throughout each day, and in all situations.

“He is always before us, and we are to follow,” Archbishop Sartain exhorted. “The name of Jesus should be on our lips: in every homily, at every meeting, in every counseling session, in every moment of prayer.”

“His name should be in every parish and school mission statement,” he continued, “and as we go through the day, we should pray his name silently to remind ourselves of his nearness, and seek his protection … for Satan does not like to hear his name, and he flees.”

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