(Thanks to an anonymous commenter-tipster for the news about this bulletin blurb.)
Fr. Niskanen quotes from the California bishops' endorsement of Prop 8. But then he writes:
"I deeply respect and submit to the authority of our bishops and the force of traditional Catholic teaching limiting sexual relations to the love and life-giving commitment of heterosexual marriage. But I cannot in conscience unequivocally support Proposition 8 because I cannot in my heart of hearts say with certainty, at this time, that God would not call His gay and lesbian children into a faithful and lifelong covenant with each other."
A bit later, Fr. Niskanen writes:
"My belief is that gay persons, as gay, are good, and part of God's diverse creation. Their expression of love, though different from the majority, does, I believe, participate in both the weakness and selfishness of sin and the generosity and kindness of God's love. They, like the rest of us, are called to chastity; that is, sexual self-control and loving respect for the other in conformity with one's calling in life."
Um, according to that, are "His gay and lesbian children" supposed to have "a faithful and lifelong covenant with each other" with or without committing the sin of sodomy?
There is no "calling in life," and no Sacrament of Marriage, for homosexual "covenants."
Let's pray for this padre and hope he can clear up his thinking through prayer and the counsel of his brother priests and his superiors.