Norfolk Catholic Church and schools boycott St. Patricks Day parade after pro-LGBT McAuliffe named Grand Marshal
A Norfolk area priest, his congregation, and several Catholic schools will boycott the local St. Patrick’s Day Parade after Gov. Terry McAuliffe was announced as Grand Marshall of the event. McAuliffe’s support for same-sex marriage, as well as his support for a women’s right to choose were listed as the reasons the church would no longer take part in the event.
“Governor McAuliffe stands contrary to the Catholic Church in not one but many of the most essential teachings of the Church in the political arena. He himself promised to be a “brick wall” against restrictions on abortion, has taken away commonsense protections for women in abortion facilities and lowered safety standards, and consistently takes money from pro-abortion lobbying groups,” wrote Father Dan Beeman in a blog post. Beeman is the Pastor of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church based in Norfolk. “Further, he not only favors the re-definition of marriage, he himself performed a gay “marriage” as soon as a court overturned the law of the Commonwealth.”
Six local Catholic schools have joined in their boycott of the event – Christ the King School is among those who have chosen not to participate.
“As Catholics, we have to stand up for the tenants of our beliefs. Catholics don’t believe in abortion,” Christ the King parent Kay Killian told Norfolk’s WAVY.
In a statement released to WAVY, Gov. McAuliffe described himself as a “lifelong Catholic, who takes his faith very serious.”
“He also believes in keeping government out of decisions that should be left to women and their doctors, or to consenting adults who love each other,” reads the statement from Brian Coy, the Governor’s spokesman. ”He is committed to building a new Virginia economy that is open and welcoming to people of all races, genders, creeds and sexual orientation.”
Norfolk Knights of Columbus Council 3548 has organized the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration every year since 1967. The Knights of Columbus are known as a Catholic organization, and this particular chapter was directly linked to Father Beeman’s congregation until this week’s announcement.
The following letter from the desk of Gov. Terry McAuliffe opens up the 2016 Virginia PrideFest Pride Guide. You can read the guide in its entirety here, otherwise check out words from McAuliffe, as well as a scan of the letter, below: ———- Dear Friends, I am pleased to extend a warm Welcome to everyone [...]September 19, 2016
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