Loading
Scottish cardinal ends dialogue with government over 'gay marriage'
By David Kerr
Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien of St. Andrews & Edinburgh.
Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien of St. Andrews & Edinburgh.

.- Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien has broken-off direct talks with the Scottish government in protest over their decision to back “same-sex marriage.”

“The Cardinal wants to maintain a dialogue with the Scottish government but that can be difficult when you feel that everything you have had to say, to date at least, has been completely ignored,” Peter Kearney, spokesman for Cardinal O’Brien, told CNA Aug. 20.

The cardinal’s actions follow the Scottish government’s move last month to legislate for “same-sex marriage,” despite nearly two-thirds of those who responded to their official consultation being against the initiative. In total, 64 percent of the 77,508 who replied said they did not want marriage redefined.

Meanwhile, Cardinal O’Brien’s subsequent call for a referendum on the issue was also quickly dismissed by the Edinburgh administration. He has now told the Scottish government that any future discussions on the matter should take place between officials.

“While this is an honest disagreement over policy, on a personal level relations between the First Minister and the Cardinal are extremely good,” said a spokesman for Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond. The spokesman also confirmed that the two men spoke over the phone this past weekend and added that “Mr. Salmond holds the Cardinal in the highest regard and will always do so.”

In June, leading Scottish lawyer Aidan O’Neill warned that “same-sex marriage” legislation will radically undermine religious liberty in Scotland.

He predicted that a change in the law could see employees sacked for opposing “same-sex marriage,” ministers and priests sued for refusing to allow “wedding” ceremonies in their churches, school children forced to attend homosexual history lessons and couples rejected as foster parents if they oppose the new legislation.

The Scottish government’s decision comes as the United Kingdom’s government, led by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, has just concluded its consultation on the same issue. It has already promised to legislate for “same-sex marriage” in England and Wales by 2015.

 

Tags: Gay Marriage, Marriage


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors
Jul
23

Liturgical Calendar

July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
07/23/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 1:1, 4-10
Gospel:: Mt 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Homily
Date
07/23/14
07/21/14
07/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: