CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 23 September 2017

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Faith and same-sex marriage and politics

HONG KONG (SE): While house minority leader in the congress in Washington DC, Nancy Pelosi, announced on May 9 that her Catholic faith compels her to believe in same sex marriage, the non-religious faith of Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard, is prompting her to say that she will vote against legal recognition of same sex marriage when a pending bill comes before the parliament.
 
Hot on the heels of the May 8 confession of conversion to same sex marriage by the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, Pelosi said that her Catholic faith compels her to be against discrimination of any kind and so she is for same-sex marriage as a result.
 
Pelosi was quoted by CWNews.com as saying that she believes that Obama went a long way towards shortening the difference between the inevitable and the inconceivable in the introduction of same sex marriage.
 
“It is a matter of time. It is all about time. And on these issues, what is inevitable to some of us is inconceivable to others,” she said.
 
Pelosi added that one of the things that she loves about Catholicism is that it compels a believer to be against discrimination of all kinds, and she believes that to bar same sex marriage is discriminatory.
 
However, on the same day, Gillard, a professed non-believer in God, said that she will not support a bid for legal recognition of same sex marriage.
 
Gillard indicated to the press that she will vote against a bill that is pending in the parliament in Canberra.
 
“I believe what I believe,” the Labour prime minister said.
 
However, on  May 13, CathNews reported on a story in the Sydney Morning Herald, which said that the president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, would be urging Gillard to support same-sex marriage, after an Australian pair became the first foreign same-sex couple to marry in the South American country.
 
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, however expressed its dismay at Obama’s declaration. 
 
“We cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society,” said conference head, Timothy Cardinal Dolan. “The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better.”

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