Former Archbishop of Los Angeles: Catholics Need to Stand Tall for Religious Freedom (and Chick-fil-A)


Cardinal Roger Mahony, the former Archbishop of Los Angeles and someone who has advocated for causes on both side of the aisle, comes out strongly in favor of religious freedom and Chick-fil-A:

"...Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco tweeted:  "Closest Chick-fil-A to San Francisco is 40 miles away & and I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer."  California has 59 stores, Mayor Lee, and more are in the works.

... Regarding marriage, the question is rather simple:  Is marriage of God's origin?  Or, is marriage of government origin?  We Catholics and many others of similar belief shout loudly that marriage is of God's origin, and we will never stop our efforts to maintain that understanding and practice of marriage in our broader society.

All Catholics, but especially Catholic business leaders, should be in the forefront of efforts to protect all religious liberties and freedoms across our nation.  Because as we have just seen, lots of folks out there are eager to punish us for clinging to and expressing our faith beliefs, values, and practices.  If government can "punish" a store owner for his faith beliefs and threaten to close his store because of those beliefs, then we are all in big trouble.

We as Catholics need to stand tall, know our faith beliefs, and proclaim those to the whole world in the name of Jesus Christ!


  1. Little Man
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Would civil marriage have ever been defined, form the start, to include same-sex partnerships? Note it's not just an issue as to whether to include 'glad' or 'lesbian' partnerships. Civil Marriage is defined in practical terms for opposite-sex partnerships (even the term 'couples' is originally defined the same way). So, it's either opposite-sex or none at all. Ridiculous to impose civil regulation of all sorts of couples, and not those which are blood-related and opposite-sex. Since so many people are too busy making a living in a bad economy, now was the perfect time to push same-sex marriage through the legislatures and courts. No wonder they were put 'in the closet'.

  2. Paul Mc
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I don't think gays can be put back in the closet. So like most movements towards equality, the pressure doesn't let up until it is achieved. Chik-fil-A, whilst showing a very strong body of opinion in support of current state of marriage, can't be considered a really important cultural touchstone Chicken sandwich doesn't have the resonance to be lasting. Anyways that's my opinion. Enjoy the chicken. It looks tasty at least. Finger likin good?

  3. GFPC
    Posted August 3, 2012 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    He was the guy who allowed Holy Communion for wearers of the Red Sash - openly protesting against the Church's teaching on the immorality homosexual acts.