Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lucia We think it's time that Catholics stop being Catholic

A letter from the NZ Bishops to the young people in this country has finally made it to the Dominion Post this morning. But, rather than really highlighting the contents of the letter, the paper chose to add some controversy by getting a quote by a group of non-Catholics who are basically calling upon Catholics to stop being so Catholic!! What on earth is our problem, believing that morality is set in stone and unable to change with the times??

A letter to young people from Roman Catholic bishops condemning gay marriage has been rejected by other Christian leaders.

The letter to "Kiwis of Generation Y" from all six of New Zealand's Catholic bishops advises against allowing same-sex couples to marry in the eyes of the law for the sake of "society as a whole".

"This is no small matter, nor quibbling about words; this is an attempt to re-engineer the status and structure of family life in New Zealand," they wrote.

Fifty clergy and laity from Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist and Quaker denominations lashed out at the bishops and called on them to reconsider their position on the Marriage Amendment Bill.

"We think it's time the Church recognises and encourages those in same-gender relationships who wish to pledge their love and fidelity to each other in the rite of marriage," the group wrote back to the bishops.

"To suggest, as you do, that marriage based on biblical precepts is frozen in stone and cannot develop or change is to ignore reality."

Right.

Related link : Bishops damn gay marriage in letter ~ Dominion Post

6 comment(s):

Andrei said...

Fifty clergy and laity from Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist and Quaker denominations lashed out at the bishops and called on them to reconsider their position on the Marriage Amendment Bill.

Andrei shakes head

Is it any wonder those churches are dying?

BTW did you see that Patriarch Kirill is in Warsaw meeting

Good stuff

Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Knm3KYg9MU&feature=g-all-u

Andrei said...

Isn't it amazing that the bulk of this story is not about what the Bishops wrote but opposition to what the Bishops wrote from marginal "clergy" from declining confessions

Chris Sullivan said...

I think one has to acknowledge that support for Gay Marriage amongst non-Catholic Christians is huge, even if misguided. Support is huge among Catholics too - U.S. polls show most Catholics support Gay Marriage.

I suppose that the silver lining (every cloud has one) is that Gay Marriage will help reduce anti-gay prejudice and bigotry and may even help encourage greater fidelity and less promiscuity among gay partners.

God Bless

Andrei said...

I think one has to acknowledge that support for Gay Marriage amongst non-Catholic Christians is huge,

I don't think so Chris Sullivan!

Silly little clergy persons presiding over empty churches can get their day in the sun by coming out for gay "marriage" and the media a drawn to them like flies to ......

Jeremy Harris said...

I'm not Catholic - Baptist. I couldn't disagree more with this group of non-Catholic denomination "leaders". Nor does more than a handful of Christians (and quite a few non-Christians) I know.

leftrightout said...

Aren't we fortunate that we live in a country where the bishops can have their say, then we can ignore them and get on with life.

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