As the May 8 referendum date draws near, the constitutional amendment to protect marriage is becoming a hot topic of discussion in parishes around the diocese and in the media.
Two Charlotte parishes are holding discussion forums in April, and the diocese will take to the public airwaves during March.
Parish forums are scheduled for April 17 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Church in uptown Charlotte, and April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, also in Charlotte.
Pictured above: David Hains, director of communication for the Diocese of Charlotte, and another supporter of the constitutional amendment to protect marriage appeared on WFAE 90.7's morning talk show "Charlotte Talks" with host Mike Collins March 8.
The forums are being held to explain Church teaching as it relates to the marriage amendment and to answer questions from those in attendance.
Susan Krasniewski, director of faith formation and adult education at St. Gabriel Church, said the forum was the idea of pastor Father Frank O'Rourke. "Father wants people to understand what the marriage amendment is, as well as what it is not."
The constitutional amendment defines marriage as being only between one man and one woman. It elevates what is existing state law into the constitution, where it would be protected from political or judicially mandated changes.
Besides the parish forums, on March 8 diocesan director of communication David Hains represented both Bishop Peter Jugis and Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh on WFAE 90.7's morning talk show "Charlotte Talks." A recording of the show is available online at www.wfae.org.
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- Fr. Roger Arnsparger at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
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- Fr. Jason Christian at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Matthew Kauth at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Christopher Riehl's archive from St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe. Listen to homily podcasts.
- Fr. Joshua Voitus at St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in Sylva, including homilies in Spanish
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Gospel reflection videos from St. Matthew Church
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
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