Recent legislation that accords homosexual couples more rights, in particular the right to adoption, infringes on the rights of religious conscience and risks making Catholic beliefs unacceptable in public life, said Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow.
“The moral teaching of the Church held for centuries and stemming from the old and new testaments provided the basis for our country’s laws and public morality,” he said in his homily Sunday. “Today, it is contradicted by new political ideologies.”
The archbishop referred to the prospect of Catholic adoption agencies closing due to the new regulations, which would force them to go against Church teaching on marriage and family, and to place children with homosexual couples.
The archbishop noted that the Christian Lawyers’ Association has stated that the new regulations for adoption mean that the rights accorded to homosexuals trump the rights of religious conscience.
“The irony is that by attempting to treat homosexuals fairly the Government has acted unfairly to another, much larger section of the community, not simply in a matter of social or fiscal policy but on an issue of basic morality - touching the very nature of sexual relationships and the unique character of conjugal love,” the archbishop said.
“Catholic citizens are committed to a just society where all are treated fairly,” he stated. “The new laws will now make Catholic beliefs on life unacceptable in public life.”
Archbishop Conti warned that the adoption issue is just the “tip of the iceberg.” He urged the Catholic community to be attentive to the wider issues that are going on.