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Over 1,000 leaders in the Catholic Church — “almost a [quarter] of all Catholic priests in England and Wales” — just signed a petition against same-sex marriage:

The priests write: “After centuries of persecution, Catholics have, in recent times, been able to be members of the professions and participate fully in the life of this country.

“Legislation for same sex marriage, should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences, severely restricting the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship.

“It is meaningless to argue that Catholics and others may still teach their beliefs about marriage in schools and other arenas if they are also expected to uphold the opposite view at the same time.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah… we all feel bad for the Catholics and how upcoming legislation will make them feel wildly uncomfortable… even though it’ll change absolutely nothing inside of their Church.

Reader Julien raised a much more interesting point about this:

These priests spent a few weeks gathering 1,000 signatures against gay marriage. As the article notes, this is practically unprecedented.

Which leaves you to wonder: when was the last time that 1,000 priests cared enough to sign a petition and make a big deal about an actual life or death issue? Food insecurity? Global poverty? Disease and vaccinations? Anyone?

So in summary:

People dying: Silence.

Telling priests that they can’t control everyone’s personal decision to start a family: All hell breaks loose.

There are some things in life that are important. For everything else, there’s the Catholic Church.

So wonderfully put. For all the talk about how Christians “love” gay people, nothing forces them to take action more than the idea of two gay people getting married and formally declaring their love for each other.

If only they felt that kind of urgency when it came to wiping out abuse in their own Church.

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.