BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Saints Columba-Brigid Roman Catholic Church was forced to remove a message on a sign in the front lawn because it was drawing protest from across the world.
The sign displayed the following message: "Jesus had 2 Dads and He turned out just fine." As of Monday, the message was on the sign.
John Vennari, the editor of Catholic Family News, caught wind of the sign and snapped a picture of it on Tuesday. He wrote an article that detailed issues surrounding the way the message could be perceived.
"It expresses an idea of a family that's not consistent with what the church has taught for 2,000 years, so it seemed to be giving a stamp of approval of this two dads, two moms set-up," said Vennari.
Bishop Malone of the Buffalo Diocese read the article and immediately ordered the church to remove it.
The Bishop released the following statement: "As soon as I learned of this sign, I took immediate action to have it removed. The pastor of SS. Columba-Brigid Parish told me that the '2 Dads' were meant to refer to a child who has both a father and stepfather. However, given the potential for the meaning of this message to be misunderstood and even perceived in a heretical way, it was immediately removed."
Complaint calls came into the diocese from across the world, with the Bishop fielding many of the calls himself on Monday.
Saints Columba-Brigid Parish followed the orders of the diocese and changed the message. The sign now reads, "Walmart isn't the only saving place."
The church's pastor, Rev. Roy Herberger, told the Diocese that the sign was intended to be a message of encouragement for several children in the parish who had both a father and stepfather.
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