Skip to main content

UK: Could the Church be forced to celebrate gay weddings? - Vatican Insider

Given that the UK shares the same common law legal tradition as Canada, how can it be that the Church would not be able to give the same guarantees to be able to act in accordance with its teachings as we enjoy here? Something doesn't seem right about this story. Any thoughts?

UK: Could the Church be forced to celebrate gay weddings? - Vatican Insider

Comments

  1. It is to do with the Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act 2010 and being part of the EU with laws passed in Europe effecting Britain. Hope that helps.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Have you ever been asked to perform a Gay wedding, Tim?

    How about if it was not forced? What if a Catholic priest , serving among a non homophobic catholic community, decided, with the support of the community, to perform the sacrament of marriage between any sincere and committed couple?

    Isn't that what the the church is really concerned about? The loss of control among the faithful? Independent catholic laity?

    ReplyDelete
  3. The Catholic Church has chosen not to marry couples where one couple was previously married and no one has forced them to change their practices.

    Also the old bugbear of churches renting out their halls and horror of horrors a gay couple has their reception there. Why was there never an outcry when a remarried couple had their reception in the same hall? I personally know of one Catholic who got remarried (outside the Church) and had her reception in a Catholic facility.

    Rationalist1

    ReplyDelete
  4. If the church was concerned about loosing control they'd cave to the flavours of the day like many denominations have done since appeasement is the only way to keep people voluntarily coming to church if their minds are set that its moral teaching is wrong. If the church were a social club and not responsible for preserving and preaching the truth, then marrying two men, two women, two men and one woman, etc etc. would be good policy if the secular winds of the day were blowing in that direction.

    Cheers
    Paul

    ReplyDelete
  5. Rationalist: Such an event wouldn't happen in our diocese as we are forbidden from permitting some rentals. I would have thought it was the same in Toronto. God knows, there are lots of other options open to any couple who marry in Toronto so it would be no inconvenience for such a couple. It is an authentic hardship up here as often the parish hall is the only public space available to rent for such a reception. Couples who marry outside of the Church have to travel to another town or hold their reception outside in tents. A priest in TO has no grounds to rent the parish hall in such a case and I assume that if his Chancery Office were to find out what he did, he would be called on to the carpet with his Bishop.

    Fr. Tim

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Sisters of Life

Here is an excellent website for any and all interested in the pro-life cause. The Sisters of Life are a religious order than began in New York City under the authority of Cardinal Jon O'Connor (RIP) in the 1980's. Their traditional religious lifestyle and clear charism have led them to grow much faster than many other orders. As a result, these wonderful women are moving beyond the boundaries of NYC and have opened a convent in Toronto. Here is a link to a news account from LifesiteNews which explains in greater detail their history and mission in Toronto. The Sisters of Life count among their numbers a woman from our Parish here in Mattawa who is soon to take her final profession. This is one of the greatest blessings that we have received as a parish. Anytime a religious vocation comes forward from a parish community, many graces flow back to the local church. I can only pray that as the Sisters of Life establish their ministry in Canada that more and more women will join
 

Canadian Euthanasia Information

The May 2010 Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Newsletter can now be found at: http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/Newsletters/Newsletter108(May2010)(RGB).pdf Bill C-384 was soundly defeated by a vote of 228 to 59. Check how the Members of Parliament voted at: http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/HowTheyVoted.pdf On June 5, 2010, we are co-hosting the US/Canda Push-Back Seminar at the Radisson Gateway Hotel at the Seattle/Tacoma Airport. The overwhelming defeat of Bill C-384 proved that we can Push-Back the euthanasia lobby in the US and Canada and convince people that euthanasia and assisted suicide are a dangerous public policy. Register for the Seminar at: http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/2010SeminarFlyer(RGB)(LetterFormat).pdf The Schindler family are being attacked by a Florida television station and Michael Schiavo. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is standing in solidarity with the Schindler family. My blog comments: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2010/05/att