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Marriage equality: Be careful what you wish for

July 6, 2013

Under the guise of “marriage equality” the dignity of tradition marriage as the permanent, faithful and fruitful union of a man and a woman is under attack....

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reasonrules

Jul-16-13 12:07 PM

Look up "HYPOCRITE" in dictionary you will see NEFF's picture.

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BrookP

Jul-13-13 6:02 PM

Oh, and Mr. Neff, the Catholic church shouldn't have to be a model of reform. It should have been a LEADER of child protection from the very beginning!!

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BrookP

Jul-13-13 5:59 PM

In case you haven't notice for, say, the past 100 years, marriage IS now focused on the happiness of the couple, from the writer's own words. We have gotten by arranged marriages and coupling just for survival purposes. There is no reason for the state to disallow a consenting adult from choosing another consenting adult to love and marry to create a loving home unit. Marriage is a legal contract between two people and the state. This in no way creates "enshrining into law the idea that sexual love is the sole criterion for marriage." Frankly, that was just a unintelligent statement. People don't get married for purely sexual reasons.

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MTOMTO

Jul-10-13 12:58 PM

Bless you, Father.

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FatherJohn

Jul-10-13 11:36 AM

Since people rant against the Catholic Church, the article was written from a purely secular viewpoint. Be that as it may the Church has paid attention to the problem of child molestation as written in an earlier op-ed piece. It has become a model of reform for others in the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children. Fr. John Neff

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iheartallegheny

Jul-09-13 10:00 PM

You're correct, "Letter to the Editor" is where it should be. My point is, to put this in the "Community" section, in the same group with story headlines "Remembering the days of Kinzua," "Local seniors plan busy week..." and "Drizzle can't dampen spirits on 4th of July," was a very poor decision on someone's part. Words hurt. This is one man's opinion, and the kind of thing that creates a culture of hate and fear. If you read any news outside the WTO you've heard the stories of teenagers (someone's child, brother, sister) taking their lives because of things just like this. It's both shocking and embarrassing to think I live in a place that allows it.

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MTOMTO

Jul-09-13 11:07 AM

The "Opinion" section is written by a paper staff person, I believe the Editor. The "Letters to the Editor" is the public opinion forum.

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iheartallegheny

Jul-09-13 10:27 AM

He does have every right to his opinion, which is where this should have been published, in the "opinion" section of the paper.

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MTOMTO

Jul-08-13 4:47 PM

"Why in the world would you publish this in the "community" section of our paper - as if this is how our community feels."

Because the writer is a member of the community and has every right to his opinion? The WTO and the community do not endorse letters to the editor.

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guitbanger

Jul-07-13 3:54 PM

I agree Riggle. He is more worried about 2 consenting adults than the most disgusting abuse of a child anyone can imagine, and nearly in his own back yard, so to speak. He should be writing articles of how to help these young boys rather than promoting the republican warped thinking.

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James5595

Jul-07-13 12:39 PM

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us…You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson

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James5595

Jul-07-13 12:38 PM

Politics, religion, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation – all of these things are secondary to Love. This article shows a great lack of intolerance and humility to which the love preached is not applied or walked in faith. When law becomes our master - love is slowly edged out in the guise of moral principle. The law was made for man, not for man to serve the law. Laws are meant to bring us into the faith, into love – not to be our new chains of bondage to look down our noses at one another, mistreat our fellow humans, and govern each other in fear. We most move past our fears if we are to continue to evolve and grow consciously as a nation that truly believes in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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iheartallegheny

Jul-06-13 3:48 PM

Why in the world would you publish this in the "community" section of our paper - as if this is how our community feels. This is an "opinion" piece, and a rotten one at that.

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Riggle

Jul-06-13 11:22 AM

Rather than rant about the marriage issue, the Catholic church should pay attention to the problem of child molestation it has failed to correct.

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Riggle

Jul-06-13 11:22 AM

Rather than rant about the marriage issue, the Catholic church should pay attention to the problem of child molestation it has failed to correct.

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