Senin, 05 Maret 2012
UK:Vincent Nichols :We must protect true meaning of marriage, says Roman Catholic leader
UK Telegraph reports the true meaning of marriage is in danger of being lost under David Cameron�s plans to extend it to same-sex couples, the leader of five million Roman Catholics in England and Wales will warn this weekend.
Redefining marriage to include homosexuals would be a �profoundly radical step� stripping it of its �distinctive nature�, the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, will say.
The warning, the most significant intervention yet into the debate on gay marriage, is in a letter to be read from the pulpit in 2,500 churches during Mass this Sunday. It has been seen by The Daily Telegraph as the Government prepares to announce the terms of a national consultation on a proposed change to the law on marriage.
The last time the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church intervened on a political issue, during the threat to impose quotas on faith schools in 2007, ministers climbed down within days.
Significantly, the letter, co-signed by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith, adopts a strikingly moderate tone, in contrast with that of Cardinal Keith O�Brien, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, who accused the Coalition of a �grotesque subversion� at the weekend.
I gotta feeling with Timothy Cardinal Dolan in New York jumping into the debate against President Obama�s religious bigotry, the Church on both sides of the pond is engaged. Now, if we can only get Protestants to jump in too�
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