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Equality Network: The Catholic Church needs to separate the issue of sexual orientation and abuse’

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  1. Craig Denney 5 Mar 2013, 4:22pm

    Lets hope there will be no more of this crazy right wing opposition to gay rights in the future?

  2. Luis Ciphier 5 Mar 2013, 5:06pm

    Let’s hope the Catholic Church ceases to exist in the very near future.

  3. Julian Morrison 5 Mar 2013, 5:28pm

    The Catholic hierarchy has long had a policy on consent: it opposes consent and promotes non-consent. Every chance they have, they take the wrong side.

  4. On The Other Hand 5 Mar 2013, 5:46pm

    The tone with which the Church spoke in this debate, and which earned the Bigot of the Year prize for the Cardinal, it has now emerged was deliberately inflammatory in order to get headlines. This totally vindicates Stonewall in the awarding of the prize.

    An MSP in a TV discussion refers to advisors to the Bishops Conference telling him this, which he thought was a self-defeating tactic. If these were media advisors, I think we should be told who they were, for example was it the newish Vatican spin machine “Catholic Voices”? What was the precise nature of the advice?

    See the panellist in the following STV discussion, at about 14m0s:

    http://news.stv.tv/scotland/216358-has-the-catholic-church-handled-the-cardinals-resignation-well/

    1. Equality Network 5 Mar 2013, 6:15pm

      I think that if we knew all the facts, we’d probably find that the decision to go with deliberately unpleasant language to get headlines, was on the advice of the Scottish Catholic Media Office. There a been quite a lot of press comment in the past few days that that office is now discredited.

      1. casparthegood 5 Mar 2013, 7:01pm

        As long as the ‘new improved’ version shows common sense that will be good news.My fear is they may try going on the attack to justify their position. That should prove an interesting dilemma for the press up here as to how much credibility they have left.

    2. It was a very good debate.

      In addition to the use deliberately inflammatory tone in order to get headlines, I believe they also had do this to get money from their benefactors, probably Opus Die and various other tycoons, etc.

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