“Catholic” bishop: There’s a good argument for legalizing gay ‘marriage’

“Catholic” bishop: There’s a good argument for legalizing gay ‘marriage’

[Another Aussie bishop cops out on the issue of the upcoming referendum]

Lisa Bourne

NEWCASTLE WEST, Australia, September 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — An Australian bishop says he believes there’s a valid “common good” argument for the government to legalize same-sex “marriage”.

As the country votes in a postal survey on the issue, Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Bishop Bill Wright all but suggested Catholics can vote “yes” in a August article for the diocesan magazine Aurora.

“The question about any proposed law is not whether it squares with church teaching or a moral ideal, but whether it is a good practical rule for people living in this society at this time,” the bishop argues in his September 6 article. “Such a ‘common good’ argument can be made that, in our pluralist society, it does more for community peace and harmony for gay couples to have a place in the recognised structures than for them to be excluded.”

The voluntary plebiscite runs from September 12 through November 7.

Legalizing same-sex “marriage,” the bishop writes, ‘‘won’t be the end of the world.’’

‘‘It would be better to save the name ‘marriage’ for the thing it has long defined: the shared life-project of a man and a woman who commit to a lifelong partnership, intending to have children together and to create a home and family,” Bishop Wright wrote. “But the time for that has probably passed.’’

If the postal ballots come back with a “Yes” majority, the government will introduce a bill to legalize same-sex “marriage.” If Australian citizens vote “No” in the majority, gay “marriage” activists will likely mount a challenge.

Bishop Wright conceded defeat in the fight for marriage in the country’s culture.

‘‘Let’s face it,” he said, “there is already a lot of daylight between marriage as understood by Catholics and ‘marriage’ in Australian law and majority social consensus.’’

His comments were covered last month in the Newcastle Herald, which said they conflicted with an official Australian Bishops Conference statement, as well as the stance of his associate from Manly seminary, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Abbott, a supporter of Biblical marriage, was ousted from office in 2015.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference May statement titled ‘‘Don’t Mess With Marriage’’ said marriage was key to the well-being of children, and redefining it would be ‘‘gravely unjust’’ to them.

They said changing the law would be ‘‘a serious injustice’’ that would ‘‘undermine that common good for which the civil law exists.’’

Conversely, Bishop Wright contended that law was ‘‘not there to impose ideals or to teach a moral code, but to keep society functioning smoothly.’’

‘‘Law has to take account of how people actually live,” he said. “It will permit or regulate certain behaviors when the attempt to suppress them would cause more harm than it remedied.’’

His comments preceded those from fellow Australian Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta, who seemed to suggest recently that it did not matter how his flock voted in the plebiscite.

“It should not be a matter of a simple answer Yes or No to the postal survey,” Bishop Van Nguyen wrote, rather the vote “should also be an opportunity for us to listen to what the Spirit is saying through the signs of the time.”

A recent poll commissioned by same-sex “marriage” advocates said 66 percent of Catholics are leaning toward a “yes” vote in the upcoming postal survey, the same percentage as the general population.

According to a survey conducted by the University of Melbourne, 59 percent of Australian men and 67 percent of Australian women think homosexual couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples.

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One comment on ““Catholic” bishop: There’s a good argument for legalizing gay ‘marriage’

  1. “The question about any proposed law is not whether it squares with church teaching or a moral ideal,…”

    Completely false. The Church’s moral teaching is the only true one. Therefore all proposed laws must be inspired by it.

    “… but whether it is a good practical rule for people living in this society at this time,…”

    The practicality of a rule depends solely on whether it achieves the purpose for which the rule exists.

    “…a ‘common good’ argument can be made that, in our pluralist society, it does more for community peace and harmony for gay couples to have a place in the recognised structures than for them to be excluded.”

    Ah, so “peace and harmony” in this world is the purpose of man’s existence. Thanks for clarifying that. First of all, that is anti-Catholic, and a heresy. But obviously that’s what you think. So you think we’re going to have such peace and harmony by approving of homosexuality? By allowing fags to raise children and train them up in faggery also? By making pure hedonism and unnatural vice into a virtue? To a far lesser extent, the ancient Romans, among many other cultures throughout history, tried letting go of their “hang ups” in that regard too. How’d that work out for them?

    The next logical step is already in progress: Gender dysphoria must no longer be considered a mental or spiritual disease, but must be respected, because it will promote “peace and harmony”. (Never mind that the suicide rate of trans people is sky high, even among those who have been “reassigned”, and accepted by their peers. Like homosexuals, they will never have interior peace and harmony until they learn to stop fighting against nature, which is a fight they can never win, and start fighting for nature, which is a fight they can win, and so have peace.)

    Bishop Bill, you also are fighting against nature, and against God. Your own soul is destroyed, and you are destroying others. Repent, because if not there is a place of high dishonor reserved for you in hell.

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