Monday 18 March 2013

Deadline for Scottish same sex 'marriage' consultation

The deadline for submitting responses to the Scottish Government's final same sex 'marriage' consultation is 5pm on 20 March 2013. Responses are welcome from outside Scotland.

As I have previously noted, Scotland for Marriage have produced a convenient response form which already contains the main points most Catholics would want to make:

The Scotland for Marriage form is here.

The full consultation reply form is here.

Perhaps this is an opportune moment to reproduce Pope Francis' letter on the subject of the introduction of same sex 'marriage' in Argentina:

[Letter of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, to the Carmelite Nuns of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires (June 22, 2010)]

Dear Sisters,

I write this letter to each one of you in the four Monasteries of Buenos Aires. The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex.

The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy. A clear rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts, is in jeopardy.

I recall words of Saint Thérèse when she speaks of the infirmity of her childhood. She says that the envy of the Devil tried to extort her family after her older sister joined the Carmel. Here, the envy of the Devil, through which sin entered the world, is also present, and deceitfully intends to destroy the image of God: man and woman, who receive the mandate to grow, multiply, and conquer the earth. Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a "move" of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.

Jesus tells us that, in order to defend us from this lying accuser, he will send us the Spirit of Truth. Today, the Nation [patria], before this situation, needs the special assistance of the Holy Ghost that may place the light of Truth amid the shadows of error; it needs this Advocate who may defend us from the enchantment of so many sophisms with which this bill is being justified, and which confuse and deceive even people of good will.

That is why I turn to you and ask from you prayer and sacrifice, the two invincible weapons which Saint Thérèse confessed to have. Cry out to the Lord that he may send his Spirit to the Senators who are to place their votes. That they may not do it moved by error or by circumstantial matters, but rather according to what the natural law and the law of God tell them. Pray for them, for their families; that the Lord may visit, strengthen, and console them. Pray that they may do great good for the Nation.

This bill will be discussed in the Senate after July 13. Let us look towards Saint Joseph, to Mary, the Child, and let us ask with fervor that they will defend the Argentine family in this moment. Let us recall what God himself told his people in a time of great anguish: "this war is not yours, but God's". That they may succour, defend, and accompany us in this war of God.

Thank you for what you will do in this struggle for the Nation. And, please, I beg you, pray for me also. May Jesus bless you, and may the Blessed Virgin protect you.


Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio s.j., Archbishop of Buenos Aires

(H/T: Rorate caeli)


  1. BTW, Lazarus, I've awarded you a Liebster Award - see here Onerous, but may result in some new people passing by...

  2. Nothing wrong with same sex marriage because we are aware that there's third sex and it's not their choice so we should understand them.

    zinc testosterone

    1. I don't agree that there is a third sex. Is homosexuality a sex in the same way that being a woman is a sex? Are male and female homosexuals different sexes? Is a male homosexual not really a man? Turning to the LGBTQI agenda, if 'L' and 'G' are another sex, what are BTQ and I? (Are they different sexes as well, or can we just ignore them because unless you're a 'sex', you don't really matter?)

      I appreciate that a combox doesn't provide much room for more than a slogan, but I don't think this idea of a 'third sex' has much going for it. My own thoughts on sexual identity are sketched here:

  3. This comment has been removed by the author.