Skip to comments.French Catholic Church pro-marriage prayer provokes gay rights row
Posted on 09/07/2012 8:20:44 AM PDT by Cronos
Roman Catholic congregations in churches across France prayed for traditional marriage on Wednesday, provoking accusations of homophobia from gay rights groups as Paris prepares to legalize same-sex matrimony.
The rare clerical foray into political debate, on the Assumption Day holiday observed in traditionally Catholic countries in Europe, referred only indirectly to the new marriage law the government plans to pass next year
But the carefully worded text, first published earlier this month, dominated the news headlines in France, where the media have presented it as a strong attack on the reform.
Church leaders insisted their aim was to launch an open debate about plans to legalize same-sex marriage and euthanasia, two in a list of 60 pledges made by Francois Hollande in his successful election campaign for the presidency last spring.
...Gay rights groups disagreed. "This message is fertile ground for discrimination and homophobia," Michael Bouvard of the SOS Homophobie group told LCI. Secularists have also asked if the Church should publicly take sides in a political debate.
..Civitas, a group of traditionalist Catholics that has criticized the French Church in the past for not speaking out more in public, has said it also plans to campaign against the coming legalization of same-sex marriage.
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freedom looks like a lost cause sometimes
Cronos! Where have you been? I’ve missed our verbal jousting!
65% percent of the French approve of gay marriage, and the Church it would seem has become a voice in the wilderness: Here too, and especially in Europe. One would hope that there can yet be a reversal of things as we enter globally testing times. I cannot believe that things will always be moving in this postmodern secular direction.
Help me understand: if libs believe there is no God, why do they care if people pray?
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