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Sunday, 05 July 2015

Straights spoiled mariage's image

SEEMS to me Roman Catholic cardinals, senior Anglican churchmen and obedient parish priests are getting themselves in a right old knot over the gay marriage issue.

EM Anne Pickles
Anne Pickles

It’s most people’s understanding government plans to legalise same-sex marriage have little or nothing to do with churches – any churches. And as for God – I’d be surprised if He were interested where or how it took place so long as love was at the heart of it.

Marriage isn’t a solely religious preserve. Neither is a church wedding – which these days has more to do with a great backdrop for photos and a day out than divine approval.

If two people want to make their vows before God, there are many ways of doing so, without ever having to darken the door of a reluctant priest.

Marriage is about a legally, honestly binding contract between two people who love each other enough to want rights and protections, recognised by the state, to last for life... or at least until the divorce.

Is my life diminished at all if two people of the same gender make those promises to each other, believing in lasting commitment? Not one iota. Good luck to them.

Last week Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, said the “grotesque” plans would “shame the UK in the eyes of the world” if implemented. A bit hysterical, if you ask me.

The Pope has denounced the marriage plans and cardinals and archbishops have warned legalised gay unions will seriously reduce the significance and sanctity of marriage. But I’d have thought heterosexuals had already managed to do that very well.

The toughest knot to untangle presents itself when we remember how, for more years than any of us can bear to dwell on without fury, disgust and sorrow, senior churchmen have had to be cornered into saying anything at all about the long-term sexual abuse of young boys by priests and so-called Christian carers.

And even when the Church did raise its shamed head to speak apology, it did so in a muffled whisper.

So, what exactly is the point here? Sex without strings, love or responsibility – and so long as you’re not found out – is fine, but marriage is to be avoided?

Sounds to me that what we have here is just another bunch of men terrified of commitment.

Have your say

Bob T and BM, I so agree!Anyone who can't spell marriage must be scared of it. You just can't get the staff these days... A.

Posted by Anne P on 20 March 2012 at 10:16

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur: we are out of the dark ages in case you hadn't noticed!

Posted by Mike on 19 March 2012 at 09:31

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