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British Catholic Priests Say Marriage Equality Bigger Threat Than 16th Century Reformation

GetoveritWho should be more offended here, gays or protestants?

1,054 Catholic priests, 13 Bishops and assorted Catholic abbots have signed a massive open letter claiming that legalizing marriage equality in England is a greater threat to religious freedom in general, and Catholicism specifically, since the Reformation, the 16th Century split that led to the rise of Protestantism.

Here's a sample of the letter, via The Daily Mail:

After centuries of persecution, Catholics have, in recent times, been able to be members of the professions and participate fully in the life of this country.

Legislation for same-sex marriage, should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences, severely restricting the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship.

It is meaningless to argue that Catholics and others may still teach their beliefs about marriage in schools and other arenas if they are also expected to uphold the opposite view at the same time.

It is germane to point out here that Martin Luther, John Calvin and the other 16th Century Reformers were protesting what they found to be a corrupt, archaic Catholic church. Their efforts were clearly successful, greatly reducing number of Catholics in England (Yes, Henry VIII played a role in the church's erosion of power by erecting the Anglican Church of England, but for far different reasons, though around the same time.)

So, now we have the modern - well, as modern as it can be - Catholic Church claiming that allowing fellow human beings to marry the people they love will somehow destroy their religion. It seems to be that the only thing destroying their religion is their consistent refusal to adapt to the times.

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  1. @DaveL: while the practice of exaggerated headlines is common (mostly I presume as advertising to get people to read the article), I think there is a legitimate reason to complain about it in general: it makes life harder for people looking for articles on a particular topic, and the resulting inefficiency, summed over all the searches people do, is extraordinarily expensive. Adding an extra 5 seconds to a search may seem trivial on an individual level, but when you multiply it by the number of people searching for the same thing, it comes out to a significant loss of time.

    Sometimes minor cultural differences make a significant difference. For instance, in the U.S. people stand anywhere they like on escalators. If you visit Germany, you'll see people standing staying to the right so that people who are in a hurry can easily get by. In places like train stations, this slightly more courteous behavior makes a significant difference as being a few seconds late can mean having to take a later train.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 13, 2013 1:27:12 AM

  2. Nice to know these people think it is not the 21st Century and that society in the United Kingdom is still medieval!!!!!!

    Posted by: Darrell | Jan 13, 2013 2:14:01 AM

  3. By their own words, those Catholic priests have just acknowledged the inevitability of marriage equality. In the Kingdom of Great Britain, witchcraft ceased to be an act punishable by law with the Witchcraft Act of 1735.

    That historic “loss of religious freedom” is inarguably a good thing and inarguably occurred after the reformation.

    Posted by: OUTinMinnesota | Jan 13, 2013 7:04:13 AM

  4. Pedophile priests, a threat to children everywhere!!

    Posted by: billmiller | Jan 13, 2013 7:32:19 AM

  5. The biggest threat to the Catholic Church in the 21st Century is TRUTH!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jan 13, 2013 8:57:17 AM

  6. My new t-shirt:

    "If I can tolerate your children, you can tolerate my husband." (C)

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Jan 13, 2013 1:37:24 PM

  7. ALL Religions were created by rulers to control the masses by claiming that natural events that caused destruction (Storms, Floods, earthquakes, Lightning strikes, etc) were the acts of "Gods" that were punishments for things people did that displeased those "Gods". Then, Rulers realized that they could create a whole bunch of rules that these "Gods" wanted the masses to observe, or suffer the consequences when they died. Religions are the result of the perpetuation of these ancient cults; even though we all know that the God crap is nothing but the perpetuation of living off of the "Fear of the unknown".

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Jan 13, 2013 8:17:39 PM

  8. @Andrew, well said - well said.

    Posted by: RexT | Jan 14, 2013 3:17:40 PM

  9. Here's the actual letter:

    Some responses to the above - and other matters:

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 14, 2013 11:22:16 PM

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