Wyandotte Bishop Prepares to Conduct Marriage Ceremonies for Same-Sex Couples

Bishop Jerry Brohl of the Blessed John XXII Community Church will provide wedding ceremonies Wednesday if the ban on gay marriage is lifted in Michigan.

Bishop Jerry Brohl of the Blessed John XXII Community Church will be prepared to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples Wednesday. Photo credit: Jerry Brohl
Bishop Jerry Brohl of the Blessed John XXII Community Church will be prepared to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples Wednesday. Photo credit: Jerry Brohl

On Wednesday, a U.S. district judge is expected to make a ruling about whether Michigan’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. 

The judge, Bernard Friedman, may also decide whether the state’s ban on same-sex adoption violates the constitution, according to the Detroit Free Press.

If Friedman decides to lift the ban and doesn't choose to keep the law in effect while his decision is appealed, same-sex marriage would be legal in Michigan until a higher court overturned Friedman's decision.

Bishop Jerry Brohl of the Blessed John XXII Community Church in Wyandotte will have his robes on Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of couples seeking a wedding ceremony.

"I guess I really do believe in the old cliche that love conquers all," he wrote in a blog post on Wyandotte Patch. "It may take a while longer but, in the end, love will win and we will all be better off because of it."

Brohl, who considers himself an independent Catholic, blogs on Patch about a wide range of topics, including gun violence and religious freedom.

The case Friedman will hear on Wednesday involves April DeBoer, 42, and Jayne Rowse, 48, of Hazel Park, who want to jointly adopt each other's children, according to Michigan Radio.

Michigan law does not permit unmarried couples to do this, and the couple is asking the court to overturn a 2004 law that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

Michigan State Attorney General Bill Schuette will argue to uphold the marriage ban before Friedman on Wednesday, according to the Free Press.

Bishop Jerry Brohl, COSF October 14, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Suflo, You are correct. I am not a Catholic priest. I am an independent Roman Catholic bishop. You are incorrect. I am not an Episcopalian. You are correct. There are some Catholic teaching which I do not believe. You are incorrect. I did not ordain myself a bishop. I was ordained by two independent Catholic bishops at the request of the community I serve. You are correct. When I administer a sacrament it is illicit because I do not have the peermission of the Vatican to administer it. The sacrament is still valid however which means it effects the grace that is attached to it. You'll have to say more about how I am a danger to the community. I don't understand that comment. I also don't understand how I have given praise to myself. Please explain that one too. By the way, I think I would make a terrible clown.
Sarah Pettigrew October 15, 2013 at 09:49 AM
I am neither Catholic nor Independent Catholic, so I have no authority to speak on the rulings of the Catholic church, but after having the honor of closely watching Bishop Jerry serve our community for the eight years that I know him, I feel that I can definitely speak with authority when I say that he has a heart of gold and that I know few people that live out Christ's example in such a noble fashion. If being a clown comes into question, the only thing I can think of is that sure, maybe Jerry is a clown if it means he is a fool for Jesus. Jerry is the one who dreamed up the soup kitchen that I now direct, and he worked day and night to bring it into existence. Although he moved on to start another ministry where he regularly delivers food goods to those in need (usually at his own expense), he continues to serve regularly at the soup kitchen while also serving in Detroit ministries, delivering meals on wheels, doing overnights with Christnet, and who knows what else that he is too humble to brag about. Jerry is one of the greatest unsung heroes in our midst, but because he chooses to be a champion for those who are our often the least of our brethren, there are no shwanky parties and awards dinners in his honor and often folks just don't know about the impact he has. This is a man of a gentle spirit who has made a life of caring for those who society has cast aside, and he has inspired and lifted up many in our community who have fallen victim to poverty, illness, and strife. I have witnessed as his actions have helped others to turn away from criminal activity, keep heart until a new day dawns, make it past an obstacle, and overcome life's sorrows. If that is the definition of a danger to our community, I hope to also appear on Wyandotte's Most Wanted beside Jerry someday, because I aspire to be just like this compassionate Christian!!!!
Elaine Miller October 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM
AMEN Sarah! It's nice to see that you are willing to set an IGNORANT person straight. Jerry sounds like the definition of what a christian is. A person that gives of himself to others in need...isn't that what Jesus is all about..??
Arthur Oberg October 15, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I am not any kind of catholic. Technically, I am a Presbyterian (USA) minister, but what I am first and foremost is a follower of Jesus Christ. I am proud of our Jerry Brohl. He is one of the few people I know who really get it. He understands that Jesus came not to be served but to serve, and if we want to be His disciples we must pick up our cross and follow in suit. Jerry doesn't just believe in Jesus, he lives as Jesus calls us all to live everyday, touching the face of Jesus every time he brings a meal and a cup of fresh water to the least of Jesus' brothers and sisters who so desperately need it. I am also proud that he has the courage to stand up and be a champion for the homosexuals of our community who have been so marginalized. I challange anyone, who has any understanding of the righteous and impossible demands of God's law, to comdemn a homosexual or anyone else without condemning themselves by the same standard. Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew "You have heard it said do not commit adultery. I tell you if you even look at another woman (or man) lustfully, you have already committed adultery with her (or him) in your heart". In other words, let he or she who has no sin cast the first stone. Good luck finding someone without any sin.
Suflo October 15, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I think what surprises me most is that you, Rev Oberg, support same sex marriage. It is anti-biblical, both in Mosaic Law and New Testament Law. We all sin. Because of Christ, we have the opportunity to remedy it. However, remedy is a permanent intention. We intend to amend our lives. Homosexuality is a disorder. It is against natural law. I do believe that (particularly men) are born with this burden. Jesus called us all to chastity outside of marriage, which is very clearly defined as between ONE man and ONE woman. Mr. Brohl, you are not an Independent Catholic priest. There is no such thing. And you are misinforming people who do not know of the Catholic Church, intentionally misleading them in the practices of the Faith. #1. You are not a priest under the laws of the Catholic Church. Your actions, in claiming yourself Catholic, much less Roman, amount to heresy and heterodoxy. #2. You cannot be a Catholic and pick and choose your beliefs. That is probably why you haven't been ordained a Catholic priest. Part of the vows are total obedience to your ordinary and the Holy Father. God knows, there are many priests who were ordained in the confusion after Vatican II, who had no business being priests. By the grace of God, we now have many men in the seminaries who intend to be in full Union with the Church. #3. Your actions are admirable. I notice in the picture that you are wearing the Tau of the SFO. I am not an SFO, but I am a Third Order Franciscan of a pontifically approved Order. I have nothing to say about your feeding the hungry and clothing the naked, but we are to do that in private, and never to be prideful in our service. I think St. Francis would have a few things to say to you. I am not ignorant. Quite the contrary. Ms. Miller feels that she had to stoop to name calling because she does not have the tools to debate properly. Einstein said, "Better to remain quiet and be considered a fool, rather to speak and remove all doubt." Ms. Miller, and Ms. Pettigrew, you can pick up a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and an Ignatius Study Bible in any library. My prayers will be for all of you, for you do not have any idea of the evil you support.
Megan Fisher October 15, 2013 at 04:02 PM
This makes me so happy and proud. THANK YOU for standing up for what is right!!!!
Sue Czarnecki October 15, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Suflo - If anyone is a danger to the community, it is you and your out-dated views. I thought we were all God's children.
James Trickington October 15, 2013 at 06:25 PM
You can't just call yourself a bishop.. And if you can, then just call me the mayor of wyandotte.
James Trickington October 15, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Listen, I'd love for same sex couples to be able to marry everywhere, especially in my home town, but Jerry Brohl is a lunatic who claims to be some great man but has taken a personal interest in creating more turmoil in my family. This guy is a joke.
Bishop Jerry Brohl, COSF October 15, 2013 at 06:44 PM
I want to thank Channel 7's Tara Edwards for the wonderful job she did on the same-sex marriage ban report on tonight's 6pm newscast. I would, however, like to clarify a couple of points she made. 1. I was never a Roman Catholic priest of the Vatican's church. Over the years, I was ordained an independent Catholic deacon, priest, and last March a bishop. 2. Blessed John XXIII Community is not a church in the denominational sense. Nor do we identify as primarily Roman Catholic any longer. While our founders were all independent Roman Catholics, we have now become interfaith with not only Roman Catholic members but also Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist members. Our community is open to ALL, Christians and non-Christians alike.
Bishop Jerry Brohl, COSF October 15, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Mr. Trickington, I want to assure that I do not consider family turmoil over this issue a joke. I will pray for you and your family.
Suflo October 15, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Nor do we identify as primarily Roman Catholic any longer. While our founders were all independent Roman Catholics, we have now become interfaith with not only Roman Catholic members but also Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist members. Our community is open to ALL, Christians and non-Christians alike. You, yourself identified yourself as an independent ROMAN Catholic Bishop. You were never ordained as a CATHOLIC clergy in the very loosest sense of the word. You probably could be a deacon in a protestant church, but you have not, are not, and NEVER will be Catholic. If you pretend that you are confecting the Eucharist, let's just say, I wouldn't want to be you at your last breath. And if you are administering it to whoever wants it, you are not only putting your own immortal soul, but the souls of the people you lie to in eternal danger. Ms. Czarnecki, I'm sorry you feel that way. If you are a Catholic, and in line with ANY of Mr. Brohl's inaccurate and heretical beliefs, I suggest you get to a REAL Catholic priest and go to confession. The Church has not changed in 2000 years. It's mad men like Muhammad and Luther who altered Scripture to their own desires. That is why there are so many denominations. Mr. Brohl wants to run them all. Mr. Brohl, as an educated, practicing Catholic, I will pray for you to receive the Holy Spirit and renounce your heresy. Of course, this is where free will comes in. Myself, I would rather stumble along the way to doing God's will.
Katey Reedy October 15, 2013 at 07:04 PM
I applaud you Bishop Brohl. What you are preparing to do is absolutely wonderful. Some of the posts in this blog section have disgusted me to no end with their small minded point of views. What a wonderful thing you are doing!
Suflo October 15, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Because this posting system does not break paragraphs, I was quoting Mr. Brohl up to the line, "Our community is open to All, Christians and non-Christians alike. My response follows that sentence. I wish we could quote and bold here.
JJ October 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Jerry,you are not an independent Roman Catholic Bishop,but someone who selected two individuals,who are neither Catholics nor bishops in the sense that we of the Catholic church recognize Bishops! YOU cleverly use the phrase Independent ( Roman ) Catholic Church to mislead people. YOU admit that you are not an Ordained Catholic Priest! Then pray tell,how does one go from not being an ordained Catholic priest to a bishop! I'll tell you how,by playing the word game! Your nothing more than an egotistical CON MAN. The church you just CREATED is called the Independent Catholic Church and you were Ordained in this church by???????WHO knows!!! YOUR A CON-MAN of the highest order and a LIAR by misleading people to believe exactly what you hoped they'd believe!SHAME-SHAME-SHAME
Sabrina Stramecki October 16, 2013 at 09:24 AM
I love those who use the bible as an excuse against gay marriage and being gay by saying it's "illegal" and a "sin". All of you better be following the rest of it then - do you eat pork? That's a no-no, a sin. Do you shave your beards or cut your hair? A sin. Forgive me here but if a man, do you sleep in the same bed with your wife when she's menstruating? Then you're both unclean, as is the bed you're in - or any other chair she sat on. Do you wear more than one fiber in your clothing - such as a polyester blend or a rayon blend? A sin. Before you judge, consider this - what did Jesus teach??? He taught FORGIVENESS, DO UNTO OTHERS and LOVE!!!!
Sabrina Stramecki October 16, 2013 at 09:27 AM
I was raised Catholic, went to Lutheranism for a while and finally decided that organized religion is based on man's rules. I pray to one God, one who is forgiving, one who is loving. No "one" religion is perfect and no "one" religion is the "right" one. If you think about it, if we're following Jesus' teachings, we should be Jewish!!!!!
Mark Auchter-Bruening October 16, 2013 at 09:44 AM
Oh Myyyy. Hater's gonna hate.
Tara Schmitt Pepke October 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Many people show compassion that are not Christians, feed people ect. We are not supposed to boast upon, tell our neighbor or tell the other hand that feeds. As for out dated views....the bible doesn't roll with the times. Its the word of God written by man, his followers. Choose to follow it and be a Christian or dont. Its not to pick and choose what part you want to follow or pick which parts you choose to call outdated for the sake of your rebuttal....yes, we all sin, which is why we were blessed with Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. Homosexuality isnt just listed as a sin in the bible, its a abomination (flat out) the only SIN listed as a abomination I believe. So the bible is not a excuse for not accepting homosexuality. If you want to except that sort of sexual deviance and call yourself a Christian thats between you and maker. You can love everyone, but that doesn't mean you have to accept or support their behavior or life style. As for Jerry...LMAO
edgarapoe4 October 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM
thank you for being a leader in this matter, equality in this country is elusive at best for many of its citizens, keep fighting the good fight, god is with you
Lois Gallagher October 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I am finding some of these comments heartless. It is obvious that the most abrasive of these comments are from people that do not know Bishop Brohl and all of the things he does for the downriver community. One of the things the bible teaches is love one another and the other more difficult one for humans to carry through is not to judge others.
Sue Czarnecki October 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Suflo - the church has not changed in 200 years? Then why can I now go to church without a head covering -and- eat meat on Friday ????
JJ October 16, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Lois,Mr. Brohl brought all this upon himself by trying to deceive people into #1. Believing that he was a Catholic Priest!#2 That two bishops from his church ( not that of the Vatican ) ordained him a bishop! The two being from the church he created,called The Independent Catholic Church. He even in order to confuse and deceive more people,calls himself an Independent Roman Catholic Bishop! Mr. Brohl is a con man plain and simple. So if those of you still chose to follow Mr. Brohl,that's your choice. Now as for you Sabrina. I now know why you've changed sects so often,it's because you don't &*#@ about religion. Yes Jesus was a Jew,even when he died on the cross but his preachings and teachings were not accepted by those of those of the Jewish faith and after his death his apostles did as he asked and preached his word,thus leading to Christianity! Also,I have no problem with those who are gay in having a Bonding Joining or even a partnership ETC but please don't call it a marriage Notice,God did not create Adam & Adam,buy Adam $ Eve,so they could procreate. BOTTOM-LINE,all Mr. Brohl had to do was ( for all intent purposes ) was call his church " The Independent Christian Church and leave it at that! Period!
Suflo October 16, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Ms. Czarnecki, you have just shown that you do not know your faith. Head covering and abstinence were never dogma, or even doctrine. They were disciplines. Because Bl. John XXIII died during the middle of the Council, it's taken the Church 50 years to sort it out. Head covering was never addressed in Vatican II, but that doesn't automatically make it okey dokey. As for not eating meat on Friday, that SPECIFIC discipline was made clear that if you do eat meat on Friday, you should make some other sacrifice in order to join your sufferings to the Holy Cross. Mr. Brohl won't tell you that, because he doesn't know. You do not want to argue theology with someone well more knowledgeable than yourself. You won't win. I bet you voted for Obama. Twice. How's that workin out for you all?
Bishop Jerry Brohl, COSF October 16, 2013 at 03:23 PM
James, I assure I would never deliberately intrude on a particular family's problems without being invited. I will pray for you and your family.
Jacob Terry October 16, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Sounds like you're a nice guy embracing that which we forget is most important: Freedom. No catholic, or any other religious member or leader has any say, whatsoever in the way the law is formulated past their one single vote. That is it. The idea that this state or nation was founded based upon christian law is purely incorrect. Most of the founding fathers were pagan and specifically wrote protections into our constitution to save our nation from degenerating into a theocracy. This man wants to bring two happy, consenting people together into a partnership. Does that offend you? GOOD. Show me where in this country or this state's laws you have protections against being offended. You do not. Mind your own damn business about what other people want to do with their lives. If you feel you have the moral or religious power to tell me or any other person what to do, you are NOT an American. How dare you conservatives climb on to your soap boxes and preach economic freedom and recoil in fear at the idea of socialism yet instill your personal societal norms and religious values upon the rest of us. That is not freedom. Freedom means I can do whatever I want as long as it doesn't infringe upon the freedoms of any other red-blooded American. Mr. Brohl, I applaud you for standing up to this ancient, theocratic, hate-driven nonsense bigotry against gay marriage. If God truly hated the homosexuals, why are they here? Hang in there, padre.
Lois Gallagher October 16, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Well put Jacob.
Bishop Jerry Brohl, COSF October 16, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Suflo, I would be happy to discuss with you any theological topic you choose.
Suflo October 16, 2013 at 08:21 PM
After a full day of work and extra thinking between, I wish to recess until at least tomorrow. No, Friday. I have my grandchildren tomorrow. Mr. Jacob Terry, I laughed when I read your post. Freedom is to be able to take as many souls with you to hell when you die. Freedom is the spouting off of hate speech (read Jacob Terry) against gay marriage, and HE has the audacity to tell ME that I am imposing my personal societal norms upon him. Tolerance is the answer, even when tolerance only goes one way; yours. There are several of us who have spoken the truth as Jesus would have it, and the closer you realize that we have the Truth, the more manic your side gets. Mr. Terry, I'd like you to try an assignment. *Listen* to what the opposition has to say. I like when liberals think everyone is equal as long as they are not conservative. Speaks volumes of knowledge and/or lack of same. I'll put in a call to the Archdiocese tomorrow, and see if this layman can be silenced, or at least not to lead in lies that you are a bishop. If there is nothing the Administrators can do, I can guarantee that you will be blocked from offering marriages by a great number of people. Not all Catholics. We're no Westboro Baptist Church. Jesus turned over the money changer's tables in the temple. Expect NO LESS from us.
Bishop Jerry Brohl, COSF October 16, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Suflo, I'll be waiting for you on Fri. Have a restful sleep. Enjoy your grandchildren.


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