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D.C. Archbishop Goes on the Offensive on Gay Marriage

(Cross-posted from The Post's God in Government blog bu Jacqueline L. Salmon.)

He isn't as polarizing as Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino, but Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., sure has kicked up some dust with his highly-publicized battle against a same-sex initiative in the city.

Wuerl sent a letter to 300 local Catholic priests and called in the media to remind everybody yesterday about the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage. He made the move on the same day that opponents of same-sex marriage filed a request with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to hold an initiative next year defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. It is an effort to head off an effort by the D.C. Council to take up the issue this fall.

It seems like an unusual move for the quiet-spoken archbishop, whom Stephen Schneck, director of the Life Cycle Center at Catholic University, calls a "raging pragmatist." (As opposed to the combative Martino, who announced his resignation this week, who could probably just be called ragin.')

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By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 2, 2009; 6:58 PM ET
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