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Australia: Catholic priest breaks with official teachings to support civil unions

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  1. That There Other David 2 May 2013, 3:14pm

    That’s another one exkersterminated then. We’ll be able to count the world’s Catholics on our fingers if this carries on :-)

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 2 May 2013, 3:43pm

    Yet he still can’t get his head around the word ‘marriage’ for gay couples. Biblical ‘marriages’ were varied and were not a natural phenomenon at all. There is no actual word for marriage anywhere in the bible. Citing a verse that describes a man and a woman becoming one is open to interpretation. Taking the rib of a human and creating a female as a way to procreate didn’t explicitly define it as marriage either. It’s really all a man-made invention, nothing natural about it if you look at the pre-Jewish, pre biblical era. Procreation has existed long before marriage and its patriarchal origins. It had absolutely NO connection to any formal societal union between a man and a woman.

    Last not least, civil marriage is definitely not natural, a recent invention by males.

    1. The concept of ‘marriage’ was highjacked by religion. Marriage is, and should remain, a CIVIL contract. If those of a religious persuasion want some kind of ceremony to sancify their union – let them have one but they’ll need to find a religion more loving and caring than those who are anti-equality. But equality should NOT be denied to those who wish not to be regarded as ‘different’. This is about EQUALITY in the provision of a STATE santioned union. Gay people should NOT be second-class citizens governed by different laws to heterosexuals.

  3. I see by the news the RCC clergy are dropping like flies all over the world .That is a good thing. I wonder how the Vatican is going to hold back the tide within it`s ranks who want the church to reform and get with the program. I don`t think they have enough fingers to plug the dike of all the holes that will be coming soon. If you think about it it is like the story of Peter Pan.. As one more child is born , a fairy dies. As one more person comes out as gay, a priest gives up his vocation.Sounds just about right to me.I hope more people will have the courage to come out so that we can rid the world of these parisitic priests.

  4. Brave – but probably ill advised. He’ll be out on his ear before he knows it …..

  5. Christopher Coleman 2 May 2013, 5:14pm

    We should support priests who have the courage to stand up against the Church leadership. Several priests (and their congregations) in the US state of Washington disobeyed their bishops last year and supported a referendum for marriage equality. The majority of Catholics support gay rights; they have to make their leaders recognize this fact. The Church should be for the people, not for the mere exercise of power by those in charge. This is also true of citizens and their governments in so-called democracies; the people should not tolerate government polices that work against themselves and their wellbeing. At the very least governments can be voted out of office, but church members are stuck with their bishops, archbishops, and popes. It is no easy matter for Catholics to influence their leaders, but it looks like some of them are trying. And that’s good.

  6. Kaleidoscope 2 May 2013, 5:18pm

    It is an important step in the Catholic church. More priests should follow this old father!

  7. My magical powers to see the friggin obvious are telling me that an excommunication is on it’s way.

  8. Quite frankly I don’t care what ANY religious cult or its clergy and leadership think about civil marriage.

    It is none of their business.

    People who want a cult blessing should leave their cult if it is opposed to civil marriage equality and find one which is.

    Christian, muslim, jew, hindu – they all worship a fake ‘god’ so it is entirely irrelevant which cult they join.

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