I was pleased that Cardinal Keith O’Brian condemned the proposal by the Government to permit civil Gay “marriage” although he might have used less controversial language to do so instead of “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right". Having said that, I do agree with the essence what he writes.
I believe marriage to be a Sacrament between one man and one woman for life.I acknowledge that that is the ideal and, regrettably, sometimes a marriage can break down. However, a partnership between two men or two women is not, and never can be, a marriage. I have no problems with Civil Partnership and can see the wisdom of these. O’Brian argues that within a civil partnership homosexual couples have all the legal rights of marriage.
At present the proposal is that gay marriages should be civil ceremonies; how long will it be before the church comes under pressure to permit these in church or to provide a church blessing following a civil ceremony?
I understand that there will be a similar statement from the RC hierarchy read in all Roman Catholic Churches this forth coming Sunday. In the CofE the Archbishop of York Dr. John Sentamu issued similar condemnatory statement in the Daily Telegraph on the 27th January read here