In a post on the BBC website supporting government plans for gay marriage Marie Jackson reports that gay Catholics want to receive the sacrament of marriage from the Catholic Church:
Matias Wibowo is four months away from his civil partnership to partner, John Falcone.
As devout Catholics, they are hoping to follow their summer ceremony at Islington Town Hall in north London with a trip to New York next year to receive the sacrament of marriage from a priest involved with the local gay Catholic community.
“It will mean getting the gift from God and our community but, for me, it is also about practising social justice.”
He believes the Catholic view of marriage – defined as a union between man and woman – is misleading as that has not always been the case.
However, he says the components of traditional marriage – love, family and raising children – are “exactly the reasons why I would like to get married”.
“I do want to raise children, to profess my love and be supported by the community.”
Outspoken remarks from those within his own church have been hard for him to hear, but are nothing new, he says.
“Since coming out as a gay catholic, I have felt I was living in an oppressive community.”
He says, though, he feels compassion for the church leaders who are filled with fear because they are constrained by the boundaries of their argument and have not had the opportunity to talk to gay Catholics on a deep level.’
Protect the Pope comment: This BBC interview with a gay Catholic reveals the future collision between the Church and the State set out clearly for all to see. There can be no doubt that gay Catholics will use equality legislation in an attempt to force the Church to recognise man-man, woman-woman unions.
It also shows the price we’re having to pay for the failure of the hierarchy and catechetical establishment in this country for not challenging the dissent from Catholic teaching and discipline. That a self-professed devout Catholic thinks that homosexuals could receive the sacrament of marriage is an indictment of catechesis over the past 40 years.