The Importance of Ecumenical Dialogue

The Importance of Ecumenical Dialogue
"Oh PLEASE say I'm the Archbishop of Canterbury!"

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Church Same-Sex Weddings?

The Bishop of Paisley (Scotland), Philip Tartaglia has written to David Cameron, quoting comments the Prime Minister made during a Gay Pride reception at 10 Downing Street in June.

Cameron said then: “I am pleased to announce that we are taking a further step, and I think a good step and a right step – ­and I say this as someone who believes in marriage, who believes in civil partnership, who believes in commitment –­ and that is to say that if religious organisations, if churches, if mosques, if temples want to have civil partnerships celebrated at religious places of worship, that should be able to happen and we should make that happen.”

Now the Bishop of Paisley (Scotland), Philip Tartaglia has written to Cameron, saying: “Your statement is vague enough to have more than one outcome in practice. But you and your Government need to be aware from the outset that the Catholic Church will not register civil partnerships nor celebrate same-sex unions: not now, not in the future, not ever, no matter what legislation or regulations your Government enacts or endorses.”

(Thanks to John Smeaton for the link to this story)

1 comment:

Left-Footer said...

Thank God for plain speaking. I with Archbishop Vincent Nichols would speak out.