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Catholics are living in an ‘alien land’ after same-sex marriage legalisation, says bishop

By on Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Bishop Philip Egan (Photo: Mazur)

Bishop Philip Egan (Photo: Mazur)

Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage Catholics are in an alien land with unfamiliar language and customs, the Bishop of Portsmouth has said.

In a statement released by his diocese, Bishop Philip Egan said that with the greater use of contraception, the unitive and procreative aspects of sexual intercourse have become separated, leading to pleasure without responsibility and widespread sex outside marriage.

Bishop Egan said: “As Catholics, like Israel in Egypt, we now find ourselves in an alien land that speaks a foreign language with unfamiliar customs. For what we mean by matrimony, sexual intercourse and family life is no longer what today’s world, the Government, the NHS and policy-makers understand by marriage, sex and the family.

“Parliament’s Orwellian attempt to redefine marriage radically changes the social context and this presents a massive challenge to the Church in England and Wales: to those who wish to marry in our churches, to Catholic parents bringing up children, to teachers in our Catholic schools, and to the clergy engaged in pastoral ministry. It may also be a legal minefield, although we will have to wait before the full implications of the new legislation take effect.”

He continued: “We will certainly need to review our preaching, teaching and school curricula, which henceforth must recognise that our Catholic system of meanings and values is strikingly different from what secular culture now deems normal or acceptable.”

Bishop Egan reaffirmed that “the Church loves homosexual persons, even if we hold firm to our Christian conviction that sexual relations find their true place within marriage”.

He concluded with a call to the faithful: “As Catholics, let us be on our guard, and continue compassionately to warn our society of the wrong turns it is taking.”

Bishop Egan said that the passing of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill was “the inevitable outcome of a process that has been gathering pace since the sexual revolutions of the 1960s.”

  • rod masom

    Time to meditate on the words of our new Pope; The following was said by Pope Francis while he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, in 2010, in a letter to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, as follows: (“Gay marriage”) is a machination of the father of lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” In other words, “gay” marriage (an oxymoron) is a TOOL of LUCIFER, intentioned to deceive the elect. Could anything be clearer? May the eternal Father God have mercy on us all. May the Holy and Blessed Virgin, under whose delicate heel the head of satan will one day be crushed, pray for us. GOD BLESS ALL, MARKRITE

  • http://aaglaas.blogspot.com/ aaglaas

    Not at all… I’m well aware that many here lack the ability to read for very long… especially history that proves their point wrong.

  • Tridentinus
  • Tridentinus

    According to the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973:-

    12 Grounds on which a marriage is voidable.A marriage celebrated after 31st July 1971 shall be voidable on the following grounds only, that is to say—

    (a)that the marriage has not been consummated owing to the incapacity of either party to consummate it;
    (b)that the marriage has not been consummated owing to the wilful refusal of the respondent to consummate it;

    So stop calling people liars!

  • Tridentinus

    They have to cheat with someone of the opposite sex according to the Law.

  • MarkOH

    How convenient.

  • MarkOH

    Uh, can you cite said law?

  • http://aaglaas.blogspot.com/ aaglaas

    That’s odd… Christ never even once mentioned the subject of homosexuality..

  • MarkOH

    LOL, it’s call paraphrasing. And your comment about Catholicism is no different than someone would make about the Taliban.

  • MarkOH

    SO, it’s a law. Show me a single case where they checked. And who did the checking. Course, what constitutes consummation?

  • Tridentinus

    I wondered how long it would be before the mud-slinging started.

  • MarkOH

    It’s in the law, doesn’t mean it’s EVER been used.

    And, what is consummation and how is it proven it did or did not happen?

  • Tridentinus

    Exactly, Bishop Egan,s use of the term is spot on then.

  • http://aaglaas.blogspot.com/ aaglaas

    And then in Genesis 19:8, Lot offered up his two young virgin daughters for gang rape to the crowd…how um… ‘righteous’ of him?? “Look now, I have two daughters which have not yet known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out to you, and do whatever you wish to with them.”

  • Tridentinus

    Yes, but they are are not married in the eyes of God so they are still having sex outside marriage.

  • http://aaglaas.blogspot.com/ aaglaas

    Not true… many churches perform same sex marriage, and just as Jonathan and David made a spiritual covenant to join each other’s souls together before the Lord, their spiritual covenants of joining together are just as valid.

    I know you think only ‘your’ religious views are valid, but other Christians and other churches disagree.