August 22, 2013
FROM BISHOP LARRY SILVA
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
The issue of same-sex marriage is in the limelight once again in our community, with a move for a
special legislative session to vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii. While the Catholic Church is clear in its insistence that true marriage can only be between one man and one woman, there are many people, even among Catholics, who perceive such insistence as unjust discrimination against our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. Therefore, it is urgent to clarify certain issues.
People with same-sex attraction are a part of our community, even our Catholic community, and they deserve dignity and respect. Unjust discrimination against them is not acceptable. However, not all discrimination – that is, making distinctions – is unjust. [Read more...]