Fr. Jonathan Morris is a Catholic priest who ministers at Corpus
Christi Church near Columbia University in New York City. He
also is an author, and an analyst for the Fox News Channel.
(CNSNews.com) -- Two men who were celebrating a gay marriage parade in New York City on Sunday spat on a Catholic priest as he was walking by the festivities, the priest, Fr. Jonathan Morris, reported on his Facebook page on June 28.
"Walking down Broadway and 22nd St just now, I ran into gay marriage parade," said Fr. Morris, who serves in campus ministry at Columbia University and is an analyst for the Fox News Channel.
"Two men walked by and spat on me," he said. "Oh well ... I deserve worse."
Not long thereafter, Fr. Morris posted another item on his Facebook page, stating, "the two men who spat on me are probably very good men caught up in excitement and past resentment. Most in that parade would not do that."
The parade in New York City, along with a similar parade in San Francisco on Sunday, was held to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on June 26 that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic, and his live-in girlfriend Sandra Lee, attended the parade along with New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio.
On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that homosexual marriage is a right. Justice Anthony Kennedy, also a Catholic, wrote the majority opinion, and was joined by Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
The four dissenting justices were Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, John Roberts, and Antonin Scalia, all of whom are Catholic.
The Catholic Church opposes same-sex marriage and teaches any form of sex outside of marriage -- defined as one man and one woman united sacramentally for life and open to the procreation of children -- is a sin.
"Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered," states the Catechism of the Catholic Church. "They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved."
In his dissenting opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the decision to declare homosexual marriage a right "will be used to vilify Americans unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy."
"I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools," said Alito.