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Same-sex marriage supporters show their ugly side outside Brisbane Catholic church

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EYEWITNESSES have described “an angry chanting crowd” of protesters outside a Brisbane Catholic church hours after the High Court agreed to allow the same-sex marriage postal vote to go ahead on September 7. Dozens of same-sex marriage supporters chanted, blocked the driveway entrance and spilled into the car park of St Michael’s Church, Dorrington as they awaited people arriving for ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop releases new pastoral letter defending traditional marriage

Marriage between a man and a woman

AS battle lines deepen over whether Australians voters should oppose or support same-sex marriage, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has advised of the importance of upholding traditional marriage. “This debate is about the meaning of marriage, and that’s why it’s important that everyone have their say in the postal vote,” Archbishop Coleridge wrote in a pastoral letter, which is published in ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan: Part II

IN the previous edition of The Catholic Leader, I urged Catholics firstly to engage in the marriage debate with truth and love, and secondly to understand that we are not debating equality or love, we are debating whether the definition of marriage should change. It is necessary to point out that there are many kinds of loving relationships. I have ... Read More »

Sydney bishop calls Edmund Rice Centre guide on same-sex marriage confusing

Phil Glendenning

AN Australian bishop has called an Edmund Rice Centre “guide” on same-sex marriage confusing to Catholics and recommended changing it to match Church teachings. Former Brisbane priest, Sydney auxiliary Bishop Anthony Randazzo made the call after reading Rights for LGBTQI Australians – A Guide to the Marriage Equality Plebiscite – a document published on the Edmund Rice Centre website. It ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan

Pellicaan wedding

ON January 9, 2010, I looked into the eyes of my beloved and vowed to take her as my wife,’to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part’. Seven years and car full of children later, there can be no doubt that those ... Read More »

Sydney ethicist says same-sex marriage campaign ignores a child’s right to a mother and father

children's rights ignored

LEADING Catholic bioethicist Margaret Somerville is familiar with the jibes and attacks that accompany a national debate about same-sex marriage. About 15 years ago, the now Sydney-based Notre Dame University professor of bioethics lived through heated ideological battles as Canada edged towards same-sex marriage laws. Canada progressively introduced legislation in several provinces by court decisions beginning in 2003 before legally ... Read More »

Pyne’s same-sex prediction at odds with Liberal policy and traditional marriage voters

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IT is supposed to be the long, winter break for our federal politicians, but Government frontbencher Christopher Pyne’s leaked foray into the same-sex marriage debate fuelled a factional boilover within his own party, and heated rebuke from advocates for traditional marriage. Mr Pyne was caught on tape predicting same-sex marriage could be legalised “sooner than everyone thinks” as he addressed ... Read More »

Clergy and politicians say a change in the definition of marriage will impact all Church members

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ALL members of religious groups deserve the right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies if they hold a traditional view of marriage, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said in a submission to a Senate inquiry. The Australian Senate has established a select committee to examine draft exemptions in proposed same-sex legislation for ministers of religion, civil celebrants and service ... Read More »

The worldwide outreach helping same-sex attracted people find the Courage to be chaste

Fr Phillip Bochanski

SAME-sex attracted Americans rejoiced the day the United States Supreme Court legalised gay marriage. Well, not all of them. Some, according to Fr Phillip Bochanski, the executive director of an international Catholic ministry for same-sex attracted people, were, and are, looking for chastity. As a chaplain for Courage, Fr Bochanski has journeyed with same-sex attracted men and women for seven ... Read More »

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