“Church steps up gay rights attack” reads the headline on the BBC website.
The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti has written an outstanding letter to every parish in Scotland, urging Catholics to voice their opposition to gay “marriage” in the forthcoming consultation.
I’d be interested to learn what rights the BBC feel are under attack? Are there any legal privileges currently granted to married couples that are denied to those in civil partnerships? How are those in same-sex relationships under attack?
What is it precisely that the Church is aiming to take away or attack?
I guess “Church seeks to uphold the sanctity of marriage” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it?
This is Archbishop Conti’s message. The Catholic Church simply wishes to uphold the special and unique meaning of marriage as being the union of one man and one woman for the procreation of children.
Marriage is neither simply about love, nor is it a private contractual arrangement, otherwise why would the government seek to afford it particular rights and privileges? Both church and state recognise that marriage forms part of the common good, however neither church nor state can take ownership, no matter how much the government might like to.
Once marriage is separated from children, its value is instantly diluted, it becomes purely about love and it is precisely this notion that marriage is only about romantic Iove, coupled with no-fault divorce that has already done so much damage to society over the past fifty years, the fruits of which became apparent on the streets of London this summer.
David Cameron clearly believes that it is no longer important or desirable for a child to be brought up by a mother and a father and wishes to enshrine this in law. He also wishes to re-write article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
I’d suggest “Cameron announces that a mother and a father are no longer the most desirable environment for a baby” as being the more accurate headline instead of the non-existent attack on rights.
Now that really is of note and it can be of no surprise that the Catholic Church wishes to challenge it. Even if the “conservative” party won’t.