Twenty per cent would refuse the invitation to a gay marriage


Father Edmund Montgomery's ordination, though you would have thought that the Catholic Church would have obviated the need for the unfortunate positioning of these two men. Well, it is the Catholic Church!

Father Edmund Montgomery’s ordination, though you would have thought that the Catholic Church would have obviated the need for the unfortunate positioning of these two men. Well, it is the Catholic Church!

One of the trending topics today is gay marriage, with the BBC giving details of a poll that revealed that 20% of the respondents would not go to a gay marriage. In my opinion, about 20% of people would not go to any kind of marriage. It is typical of the media that the statistic that is trumpeted is the minority who wouldn’t go, not the vast majority who would!

But Catholic Voices, which represents the Catholic Church, said the findings of the survey reflected the reality that people remained “deeply uncomfortable” with being honest about their true feelings on the meaning of marriage. Father Edmund Montgomery, a member of the organisation and a Catholic priest in Greater Manchester, said: “As the Church, we love those seeking a same-sex union, but our love for them requires we tell them the true meaning of marriage, something which that fifth of respondents find difficult but have the integrity to do by turning down the invitation. In our modern culture it is increasingly difficult to have an open debate without being labelled as bigoted or intolerant.”

Having said that, Father Montgomery then lectured us about the rights and wrongs of the state changing the scope of whom can get married, by adding that, as marriage predates “the State”, it should not be the government’s place to change its meaning.” Having explained how difficult it is to have an open debate he then decides all by himself exactly who can’t rewrite the rules, simply to suit his own beliefs! Note too his comment about the refuseniks having difficulty “but have the integrity to do by turning down the invitation”. So the other four-fifths have no integrity?  Sorry Father, but that is a paradigm of bigotry and intolerance.

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2 thoughts on “Twenty per cent would refuse the invitation to a gay marriage

    • Personally, I cannot understand the logic of the Catholic church because, for example, Father Montgomery says “As the Church, we love those seeking a same-sex union” and yet the Church of Rome appears to say its not a sin to be gay unless you act upon your desires (having gay sex), in which case it is a paradigm in bigotry because if that is not an example of intolerance, what is?

      The OED definition of a bigot is “Intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself”. Claiming that those who hold fast against gay marriage “have integrity” likely means that those who agree with gay marriage must not have ‘integrity’ by default, well certainly not Father Montgomery’s version of it anyway. The OED definition of integrity is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles”. Are we to take it that the Catholic Church believes that the position of those agreeing with gay marriage demonstrates dishonesty or a poor moral compass? If that is the case then the Church, and its servants that uphold these tenets are indeed bigoted simply because they fit the criteria of the definition of the word.

      Flawless logic because you can disagree with someone and be a bigot doing so if you are showing intolerance to someone who doesn’t share your values. Marriage existed before the church was created, yet Adam and Eve were not married as far as I know, despite the fact that ‘god’ had a wonderful opportunity to intervene considering that he wouldn’t have been cold-calling, he knew them and they, indeed knew him, and as they were the only people alive on earth, ‘god’ was the only person who could have conducted a ceremony, but he chose not to.

      Marriage must have come considerably later in the 6,000 years that earth has existed ;o) and then mainly to record who had married who and had sired who, once the custom of marrying only within the limits of a local community, clan, or tribe (endogamy) had been abandoned as a bad idea and it became difficult to keep track of genetic lineage. Personally, I cannot fathom why any gay couple would want to join this failing institution, which is increasingly being abandoned by most heterosexuals.

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