Skip to comments.Church Prayer Angers French Gay Rights Groups
Posted on 08/10/2012 1:35:59 PM PDT by marshmallow
A tradition will be revived in France next week when a Prayer for France will be read out at Catholic churches across the country. The text, which attacks the governments plan to legalise same-sex marriage, has angered Frances gay rights groups.
Gay rights groups in France have reacted angrily to the Catholic Church after it issued a call to prayer to protect the sacriment of marriage from same-sex couples.
The controversial Prayer for France has been sent out to churches across the country to be read out on August 15 to mark the feast of the Assumption.
The prayers subject matter is designed to mobilise Catholics against François Hollandes Socialist Party government, which recently affirmed plans to open up marriage and adoption to gay couples.
In a thinly veiled reference to the proposed gay marriage bill Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois asked church goers to pray for newly elected officials to put their sense of common good over pressure to meet special demands.
These words have angered gay rights groups across France, who have slammed the church for "homophobia" and interfering in poltics.
Francois Hollande is committed to these reforms and they have been reaffirmed by his government, Nicolas Gougain of Inter LGBT told FRANCE 24.
We can count on getting a majority in parliament and no prayer will be able to block this necessary legisation. Religion has no place in politics, he added.
"No prayer can stop legislation"
The annual Prayer for France was a centuries old custom but died out after World War Two. It was first uttered in the seventeenth century after King Louis XIII decreed all churches would pray on August 15 for the good of the country.
Church spokesman Monsignor Bernard Podvin said its revival was timed to raise the consciouness of public opinion about grave social choices.
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>>Religion has no place in politics
Except, of course, for the secular religion of gay worship. But they really mean that God has no place in politics, and that is territory you enter at your own risk. Stay strong French Catholics!
“These words have angered gay rights groups across France”
Wow. In one article they are beginning to expel illegals and now this. France - who’d a thunk it?
“Gay rights groups in France have reacted angrily to the Catholic Church after it issued a call to prayer to protect the sacriment of marriage from same-sex couples.”
It’s simple, Liberty that is. Don’t go where, don’t bother with people you disagree with. To the gay activists, just don’t bother going to church (then you don’t have to hear what they say). To the faithful Catholics, just stay out of “gay bars”. Somehow I think one of the two already respects that essential of Liberty.
Good for them.
I just wonder how many church-going Catholics there actually are in France these days, though.
Re: Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois — It’s been almost 50 years, so I am pretty rusty, but I think “vingt-trois” means “23”. How odd if that is his name.