Wednesday, September 19, 2012

With the Heritage Coalition effort to overturn Ben Gray's anti-gay, lesbian, transgender ordinance, the Archbishop of Omaha's Catholic Diocese, George Lucas, has sent the following letter to the pastors of all Omaha Catholic Churches.

Frankly, we were hoping for an even stronger response from Archbishop Lucas, but we believe that it is a given that the effort will get more than the necessary signatures despite his tepid endorsement of the effort.

Here is the letter he is sending to pastors of Omaha Catholic Churches:

"Dear Father,
You will soon learn from the local media about an effort that is underway to repeal the City of Omaha’s sexual orientation anti-discrimination ordinance.  The sponsor of this initiative – the Heritage Coalition – must collect 12,000 signatures from October to November to place the ordinance on the spring (2013) mayoral ballot.  The sponsor believes that if given the opportunity, Omahans will vote to repeal this ordinance.

Representatives of the Heritage Coalition may try to solicit your support.  As pastor of your parish, you are free to exercise your discretion in determining if and how you want to involve yourself or your parishioners in this effort which addresses an important moral issue.  Examples of your involvement may include speaking about the issue in your parish, giving petitioners access to your parish events, scheduling information nights at your parish to discuss the issue, providing informational handouts to your parishioners, etc.  If you and your parishioners choose to participate in this petition drive, I ask that there be no undue disruption of parish liturgies, nor distraction from the important moral issues at stake in national and state elections this fall.

You can contact Deacon Tim McNeil if you have questions about this ballot initiative.  In the meantime, thank you for the care you provide the souls entrusted to you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,


Archbishop George Lucas"

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