Bishop Campbell warns Cameron that his gay marriage law will unjustly brand Catholics ‘bigots’

Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster has written a strongly worded letter to David Cameron warning that his same-sex legislation threatens to unjustly brand Catholics in this country bigots:

‘Those who continue to distinguish between genuine marital union and same sex arrangements will surely be regarded in time – despite your assurances and proposed safeguards to the contrary – as discriminatory; the equivalent of bigots. The proposed legislation will certainly have long term consequences because laws teach; they tell us in the main what is socially acceptable and what is not, and most people conform to the dictates of their respective society, at least in the short-run’.

Bishop Campbell also takes up a theme that Pope Benedict XVI has emphasized on the peril to society caused by those who abandon their created nature as human beings as male and female:

‘Should you continue to push through the proposed legislation our individual lives are set to become artificial constructs protected by civil “rights” that will go on to destroy natural rights.Human dignity and human rights are then reduced to the whims of political majorities. When the ways of nature conflict with civil law, society is in genuine peril. It is to that peril that we direct your attention and urge you not to proceed with the proposed legislation towards so called ‘same-sex marriage’ in our country.’

Bishop Campbell’s full letter can be down loaded from the Diocese of Lancaster’s website:

Dear Prime Minister,

From: Rt. Rev. Michael G Campbell OSA, Bishop of Lancaster

I write to you with the promise of prayers and best wishes from the Catholics of the Diocese of Lancaster as we begin a New Year full of genuine promise and yet serious challenge in our country. A serious challenge vexing many of us in England at present is your government’s expressed desire to move forward with legislation in Parliament that will redefine the nature of marriage.

I believe – along with many people of all religions and none – that marriage comes to us all – from nature. The human species comes in two complementary sexes, male and female. Their sexual union is called marital.It not only creates a place of love for two adults but also a home for loving and raising their children. It also provides the biological basis for personal identity.

Like many citizens of our country – of deep or no particular religious affiliation- I believe in good conscience that it is physically impossible for two men or two women to consummate a marriage, even when they share a deep friendship or love. Does this mean nature is cruel or that God is unfair? No,but it does mean that marriage is what nature tells us it is and that the State cannot change what makes for natural marriage. Indeed, civil laws that establish “same-sex marriage” create a legal fiction because the State has no power in my mind to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible.

Mr Cameron, I am more than aware that the Church did not create marriage –but nor did the State or our public servants. The basis of marriage comes to all of us from nature. Does this mean that the Church is anti-gay? No, for the Church strives to welcome everyone, respects each one personally and gives to each the spiritual means necessary to convert to God’s ways and maintain friendship with Christ.

Besides, the Catholic Church teaches that any form of violence toward or hatred of homosexually oriented men and women is to be condemned. Good pastoral practice in the Church encourages families to accept all their children and not break relationships with them. People live out their sexual identity indifferent ways, but the Church offers the means to live chastely in all circumstances, as the love and grace of God both obliges and makes possible.

It is my view – shared by many people of all political persuasions in our country – that should our elected politicians take up the passage of a “same sex marriage” law, they will be acting against the common good of society and taking ‘a step too far’. We will all have to pretend to accept the imposition of something that is contrary to the common sense of the human race.

Those who continue to distinguish between genuine marital union and same sex arrangements will surely be regarded in time – despite your assurances and proposed safeguards to the contrary – as discriminatory; the equivalent of bigots. The proposed legislation will certainly have long term consequences because laws teach; they tell us in the main what is socially acceptable and what is not, and most people conform to the dictates of their respective society, at least in the short-run.

Prime Minister, if we ignore in law the natural complementary of man and woman in creation, then the natural family is most certainly to be undermined in our country. The fact that this move is to be presided over by a Conservative Prime Minister will surely go down in the history of the Conservative Party as a sorry moment! Should you continue to push through the proposed legislation our individual lives are set to become artificial constructs protected by civil “rights” that will go on to destroy natural rights.Human dignity and human rights are then reduced to the whims of political majorities.

When the ways of nature conflict with civil law, society is in genuine peril. It is to that peril that we direct your attention and urge you not to proceed with the proposed legislation towards so called ‘same-sex marriage’ in our country.

With a promise of prayers and best wishes,Yours sincerely, + Michael

Protect the Pope comment: King Henry VIII’s Oath of Supremacy made English Catholics into ‘traitors’ in the eyes of the law because their loyalty to the successor to St.Peter meant they could not accept the English monarch as the Head of the Church.

The Bishop of Lancaster is right to object to the prospect of David Cameron’s same-sex marriage legislation making Catholics in this country into ‘bigots in the eyes of the law because we will not accept the impossibility of man-made laws overturning God’s law of marriage written into our nature as men and women.

http://www.lancasterdiocese.org.uk/Articles/339550/The_Diocese_of/Our_Bishop/Bishop_Campbell_writes.aspx

 

10 comments to Bishop Campbell warns Cameron that his gay marriage law will unjustly brand Catholics ‘bigots’

  • Joseph Matthew

    The bishop is spot on. Will Catholic schools be allowed to discriminate between marriage and ” gay marriage ” ?

  • Simon

    Would you care to join the Kingdom in the C20?

  • Michael Petek

    We’re bigots only in the eyes of their law. They are heretics and infidels in the eyes of ours.

  • Mike2

    I would have thought that as far as many of its proponents are concerned one of the main benefits of redefining marriage is that it will indeed brand Catholics (and other defenders of true marriage) as ‘bigots’. Among the other main ‘benefits’ of this change will be the huge burden it will place on the Catholic Church and other individuals and organisations which promote true marriage. And all of this for such a ‘modest’ little Bill. No huge and controversial legislation to restrict religious freedom – just a ‘minor’ change in the law concerning marriage. This is now the strategy of opponents of Christianity. Instead of a direct attack – which they see as being too difficult – they use indirect means such as the Sexual Orientation Regulations. We can look forward to further proposals which are apparently designed to promote ‘equality’ but in reality are designed to attack religion.

  • John Dare

    Its a bit like this folks, if there was a bill against eating people that would disadvantage cannibals. No drawing any correlation, but you get my drift?

  • ms Catholic state

    Catholics need to stick together….and become as shrewd as serpents. Believe me….our opponents are. We have been asleep or the past 4 decades. They haven’t.

    • Michael Petek

      Here’s how to be nice and shrewd. Any campaign of persecution against Christians in the UK would also be an attack on the person of Her Majesty inasmuch as she is a member of the Body of Christ and a Christian Sovereign. High treason I think. Which means that the ‘turn the other cheek’ rule is distinguishable on the facts of the case and may be disapplied.

  • Good of Bishop Campbell to have written this letter. He is showing strong leadership here, and this is truly brave of him. There is one comment I would make however.

    ‘Indeed, civil laws that establish “same-sex marriage” create a legal fiction because the State has no power in my mind to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible.’

    If I may, your Grace, it is not just in your mind that the State does not have this power. It simply doesn’t.
    Whatever one believes to be right or wrong, nature does what she does – what she was created for – and does not accept any interference from man, as human experience has shown us time and time again. This is why we are bound to abide by the Natural Law. We cannot mess around with nature without facing a disaster somewhere down the line.

    If we are to make our case, Catholics we need to abandon this attitude of always presenting morality as something relative to us because this weakens our position rather than strengthens it. The other side certainly doesn’t follow that line. I understand that we have to polite, but it should not be at the expense of the Truth.

    Otherwise, congratulations again to Bishop Campbell. Let us hope and pray that the Prime Minister will eventually follow Wisdom, which he clearly doesn’t at the moment.

  • Andrew Connor

    Bishop Michael
    Please think about what it is like to be gay in the church. It is not like you describe. The intentions are good but the reality has made me suicidal. The very fact that there is an admonishment of those whom would be violent towards gay Catholics is sufficient evidence that all is far from God’s desire for us all. This theological stance is well rehearsed but has some deep roots in sexual repression and, in particular, homophobia. When many of your own priests cannot dare to say they are actively gay, what hope is there for us?
    The Catholic Church has much to answer for in terms of screwing up many who have been faithful servants to a regime that silences them in terms of their own God-given sexuality. God made me gay if he made you straight. Discuss.
    Saddened as ever,
    Andrew.

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