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"More Than 1,000 Priests Sign Letter Claiming Gay Marriage is Biggest Threat to Religious Freedoms Since the Reformation"

 

The UK Daily Mail:

More than 1000 priests have signed a letter voicing concerns about how same-sex marriage will threaten religious freedoms and may even lead to Catholics being excluded from jobs.

In the letter, which is one of the biggest open letters of its type ever written, the priests claim that same-sex marriage could threaten freedoms in a way that was last seen during centuries of persecution of Catholics in England.

The letter, signed by 1054 priests as well as 13 bishops, abbots and other senior Catholic figures, expresses fears that the simple acts of practising or speaking about their faith will be severely limited.

They even claim the freedom to speak freely from the pulpit could be at risk.

Published in The Daily Telegraph, the letter goes as far as to compare David Cameron's proposed changes to the meaning of marriage to those of Henry VIII, whose efforts to divorce Catherine of Aragon sparked centuries of upheaval between Church and State.

Their fear is that Catholics who believe in the traditional meaning of marriage would effectively be excluded from some jobs - in the same way as Catholics were barred from many professions from the Reformation until the 19th century.

It said: 'After centuries of persecution, Catholics have, in recent times, been able to be members of the professions and participate fully in the life of this country.

'Legislation for same-sex marriage, should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences, severely restricting the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship.

'It is meaningless to argue that Catholics and others may still teach their beliefs about marriage in schools and other arenas if they are also expected to uphold the opposite view at the same time.'

The Equal Marriage Bill, allowing couples of the same sex to marry, is due to be published this month.

6 Comments

  1. Marc Paul
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    "It is meaningless to argue that Catholics and others may still teach their beliefs about marriage in schools and other arenas if they are also expected to uphold the opposite view at the same time.'

    They seem to manage fine when teaching the RC version of marriage vs the current UK civil version. Likewise with the concepts of adultery, contraception, abortion which happily co-exist with RC catechical teachings about them.

    Catholic teachers and Catholic lawyers and judges and social workers and youth workers and public officials and MPs and policemen and policewomen and soliders all free to believe and speak what they will about the churches teachings. SO long as they don't seek to infringe on the rights of tohers.

    Same thing with equal marriage.

    The letter is frankly, hysterical. Reformation? Persecution?

  2. Posted January 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    "Their fear is that Catholics who believe in the traditional meaning of marriage would effectively be excluded from some jobs "

    They already are. There have been several such lawsuits in the UK recently. And there was that blatant case of the Christian couple that was denied the right to be foster parents because of their healthy and wholesome views on sexuality.

    They were smeared and persecuted by the State. And, what is more disturbing is that the court ruled there was no religious discrimination, when the entire reason for the attack of the State on them was their religious beliefs.

    You can be sure that with homosexual marriage, not only will the UK State persecute all social conservatives, it will blame them for their persecution.

    It is just like a modern version of the Middle Ages.

  3. Marc Paul
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Allessandra. References for the Catholics you mention?

    There have been legal cases involving born again Christians. A tiny tiny number. Not I any way can they be construed as evidence of systematic persecution by the state.

    The couple you mention we're not excluded from being foster parents because of their region because of their refusal to agree to treating gay kids with respect. A quite different matter.

    It's the kids, who will think of the kids.

  4. OldKingBlog
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    "...because of their refusal to agree to treating gay kids with respect." Pure leftspeak from Marc. The translation? Those foster parents actually want to teach normalcy and values, and NOT let the children in their charge do whatever they want to do sexually.

  5. Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Marc Paul wrote: The couple you mention we're not excluded from being foster parents because of their region because of their refusal to agree to treating gay kids with respect.
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    That's one big lie. They (Owen and Eunice Johns) told the State their religious views on sexuality and relationships.

    In return, they were declared by the State to be unfit human beings as parents because of their RELIGIOUS beliefs concerning sexuality and relationships. They have Christian views about homosexuality; Christianity is a religion, and that's what the State considered a "crime."

    So, if a person has a healthy and wholesome view about sexuality, which means they understand that having a homosexual problem is not normal and it is a psycho-sexual-cultural dysfunction and disorientation, and they believe this because this is what their religion teaches them, according to your liberal ideology, they are unfit to be a parent.

    All Christians and all other religious people, and why not all atheists who hold the same understanding as this UK couple have been implicitly declared by the UK court to be unfit to be parents.

    And it is completely insane that this wonderful, caring, loving couple, who has raised several children of their own, in addition to having been successful foster parents in the past, are now being declared unfit people by the State.

    Furthermore, if the Johns have been smeared and vilified in such a horrible way, the State is not applying the same laws to everyone.

    If this couple cannot be parents, because they have been declared unfit, every other person in the UK who holds similar views must be forbidden to have children or must have their children taken away. According to the State, they are all unfit.

    if this wonderful couple is unfit because of their beliefs, so is everyone else that thinks like them.

    Why should only this couple be singled out?

    It's just like the Middle Ages.

  6. Posted January 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Is robbing children of their mother treating them with respect? How is an anti-gender home respectful or equal?

    Having same sex attraction is one thing. Discriminating against gender and segregating married couples by gender is another thing entirely.

    Keep marriage pro-gender. Because gender matters to everyone, including children (whether they are "gay" or not).