Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/9/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Tourist landmark's decision seen as symbolically powerful gesture

The seat of the Episcopal Church, Washington National Cathedral is one of the world's largest cathedrals. The stately Gothic structure is visited by a half-million tourists annually. The fact that the cathedral will shortly begin hosting same sex weddings there comes as no surprise - the Episcopal Church has long campaigned for gay rights. However, the policy is seen as being symbolically powerful.

The seat of the Episcopal Church, Washington National Cathedral is one of the world's largest cathedrals. The stately Gothic structure is visited by a half-million tourists annually.

The seat of the Episcopal Church, Washington National Cathedral is one of the world's largest cathedrals. The stately Gothic structure is visited by a half-million tourists annually.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/9/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Episcopal Church, Washington National Cathedral, same sex marriages, mainline denominations


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Couples affiliated with the life of the Cathedral are eligible to be married there.

The Episcopal Church is a small but highly prominent part of American Christianity The church has long been supportive of equality for gay men and lesbians. "It's something for us to say we are going to do this in this very visible space where we pray for the president and where we bury leaders," the Reverend Gary Hall, who became dean of Washington National Cathedral, says. "This national spiritual space is now a place where [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people can come and get married."

The vast majority of houses of worship don't host blessings or weddings for people of the same gender.

The Episcopal Church, with two million members, has been something of an exception. Dozens of parishes have broken with the denomination over the issue.

The Washington diocese, which includes the District and the Maryland suburbs, has more than 80 parishes, most of which host same-sex blessings. Longtime observers estimated that more than half of parishes across the denomination host the blessings. Episcopal clergy in Washington have been overseeing blessings for commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples since about the 1980s.

In addition, the church has approved a rite for same-sex blessings. Previously, clergy adapted the rite used for heterosexual couples.

The "heterosexual marriage [ritual] still has some vestiges of patriarchy, with woman being property. There's hope in same-sex marriage that it is a teachable moment for heterosexual couples. The new rite is grounded in baptism and radical equality of all people before God," Hall says.

"I'd like to use it for heterosexual weddings because I think it's so much better than our marriage services."

David Masci, a senior researcher at the Pew Forum who has focused on the issue of same-sex marriage and religion, notes that the larger U.S. faith communities, such as the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and most of the nondenominational Christian world - "aren't even considering these sorts of things."

Masci notes that younger evangelicals generally seem more open on the topic of homosexuality than middle-aged or older ones.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More U.S.

THE THIRD VIDEO: The latest and most shocking footage of Planned Parenthood's abortion practices (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO) Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

First there was a video revealing Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola casually discussing selling aborted baby organs over lunch, and admitting to using partial-birth abortions to get her hands on intact ... continue reading


Planned Parenthood HACKED, private employee information revealed Watch

Image of

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Planned Parenthood's website was hacked by a group of hackers who managed to gain access into Planned Parenthood and acquire the site's databases, including the names and email addresses of employees. These details were released by the hackers to the public. MUNTINLUPA ... continue reading


Threatening note promising revenge attacks found on U.S. military serviceman's car Watch

Image of The anonymous note comes just a week after the tragic shooting at military locations in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Under the windshield wiper of a car, owned by an unidentified serviceman, was a note warning the military of a revenge under investigation. Authorities believe the car was targeted because of the license plate identified the owner is a part of the military service. ... continue reading


Missouri Sheriff's 'inspiring' phrase on police patrol cars enrages atheists Watch

Image of Stone County police cars now have

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Missouri sheriff made the decision to adorn all of his station's police patrol cars with the words, "In God We Trust." It has quickly sparked up a major debate and inevitably, atheist activists are quite frustrated about it. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES -The Missouri ... continue reading


Humility not Haughtiness: Dana Milbank is Absolutely Wrong about Rick Santorum Watch

Image of Pictured: Rick and Karen Santorum at campaign launch

By Keith A Fournier

Dana Milbank was wrong in insinuating that Rick Santorum's use of the third person in referring to his campaign was akin to a - royal we. To the contrary, it reveals the heart of a humble man who deeply cares about others. Humility is such a rare quality these days ... continue reading


Does Planned Parenthood Contribute Anything of Value to Society?

Image of Margaret Sanger

By Matt C. Abbott

Granted, the Church's infallible teaching on the intrinsic immorality of contraception is derided by the libertine left, and too few Catholics assent to it. (At least some of the blame for this sad reality falls on weak and dissident clergy, but that's a subject ... continue reading


Obama to Abortionists: Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. Watch

Image of President Obama at Planned Parenthood conference

By Ken Blackwell

In two startling videos, we have seen Planned Parenthood leaders engaged in a ghoulish traffic in the organs of unborn children whom they have killed. My colleague at Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, discussed this horror on his recent radio show in an ... continue reading


Mystery man found decomposing inside his car identified by fiancee as an undercover agent

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A man was found dead and decomposing inside his car, parked in a neighborhood in Southern California last Friday. Apparently, he had already been dead for two weeks when he was discovered. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - CBS Sacramento Local reported that ... continue reading


Disgusting, horrific stories of abuse: 68-year-old man drugged, sexually abused and performed surgical procedures on a young girl for six years Watch

Image of Girl [not pictured] experiences traumatizing abuse for six years. [Photo by: Alamy]

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 68-year-old man has drugged a young girl, sexually assaulted her with sharp objects and sucked fat from her stomach to inject into her breasts over a devastating span of six years. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - According to the police, Louis Romano ... continue reading


Lone gunman kills two before turning gun on himself in Lafayette movie theater shooting Watch

Image of Fifty-nine-year-old John Russel Houser opened fire at the Grande Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana as they watched the romantic comedy

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In an all-too-common occurrence in American society as of late, a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of innocent civilians, leaving death and injury in his wake. Fifty-nine-year-old John Russel Houser opened fire at the Grande Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana as they ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28
7 Moses used to take the Tent and pitch it outside ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
6 Yahweh acts with uprightness, with justice to all ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:35-43
35 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 28th, 2015 Image

St. Innocent I
July 28: Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter