Comments: civil partnerships and the Scottish RC bishops

In our pluralist democracy it is for the State and not for the Church to regulate civil marriage.

If only all clerics would hear this and hear it good - and keep their unwelcome and uninvited noses out of the business of that which does not concern them.

Posted by Merseymike at Monday, 27 February 2006 at 10:07pm GMT

"In our pluralist democracy it is for the State and not for the Church to regulate civil marriage."

I sort of echo Merseymike's sentiment as well. The distinction between state "civil" and religious/christian/church marriage has always been fairly noticeable in my lifetime, with the extension of the civil partnership to folks of the same sex being another line on which the various churches can seek to do what they want.

Posted by Tim at Monday, 27 February 2006 at 11:43pm GMT

I still find it remarkable that a group of cossetted celibate men consider it their prerogative to decide who gets to be 'in' a family relationship. This coming from people who, despite the lack of any fruit from their own loins, glory in the titles of Father and call each other Brother. But then again, it is so much easier to talk about sex as an abstract proposition when you're theoretically not meant to be distracted by it from your real work...

Posted by k1eranc at Tuesday, 28 February 2006 at 3:30am GMT

I welcome Aidan O’Neill's article as a reasoned and coherent contribution to the debate [though I think he is wrong about the legal redefinition of "family", the equivalence with childless couples and that "love" justifies any relationship].

However, I find it amazing that so-called liberal commentators question other people's right to make moral statements. Do we want a free society or a neo-stalinist autocracy? Since when have liberals thought that Catholic Bishops have less right than anyone else to say what they believe about marriage and family, about homosexuality and about legal recognition of same-sex partnerships?

Posted by Dave at Friday, 3 March 2006 at 7:21pm GMT
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