Posts Tagged ‘Same-sex marriage’

Restrictions on same-sex marriage removed – Episcopal church Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Restrictions on same-sex marriage have been removed and couples can marry in their home churches, United States Episcopal church bishops have decided. Until Friday’s decision, 93 US dioceses allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry in the church. Eight did not. The decision by the Episcopal church’s governing body overrides those local decisions. Same-sex couples Read more

Australian Jesuit banned from speaking on same-sex marriage in Tasmania Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

An Australian Jesuit priest has been banned by the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart from speaking publicly about same-sex marriage in the archdiocese. The ban was announced after Fr Frank Brennan SJ defended Catholics’ right to speak according to their conscience about the issue. He had been invited to speak at a CatholicCare Tasmania conference in Read more

Vicar resigns over proposal to allow same-sex blessings Comments 0

Monday, May 21st, 2018
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Vicar Jay Behan of St Stephen’s church in Shirley has resigned from the Anglican general synod and says he is looking at ways to leave the church. He disagrees with the recent decision made by the Anglican Synod to give bishops the freedom to allow the blessing of same-sex couples in their dioceses. The motion allows only for blessing Read more

Bermuda – same sex marriage u-turn likely Comments 0

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Bermuda may be the first country to ban same-sex marriage – six months after legalising it. The ruling Progressive Labour Party’s bill to replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnership arrangements was passed in the House of Assembly last Friday. The Domestic Partnership Act 2017 was passed with 24 MPs supporting the bill and 10 opposing Read more

Same-sex marriage law passed in Australia Comments 0

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Same-sex marriage has been passed into law in Australia. The new legal definitions and requirements resulting from the law change took effect last Saturday. Weddings using the new legislation can be celebrated from 9 January 2018. A commentary about the new laws has been published. This notes: “The legal definition of marriage in the Marriage Read more

Australia’s Catholic Church in crisis Comments 0

Monday, December 4th, 2017

During the past 12 months, Australia’s Catholic Church has had to face several moral issues. These include a sex abuse crisis as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse published reports about abuse at Catholic schools and institutions, losing the same-sex marriage referendum and Victoria government’s upper house voting to allow euthanasia. Read more

Priests imitate Luther – stick complaints on cathedral doors Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Priests from the Church of England copied Martin Luther’s means of protest against the Church during the past week. They stuck a copy of their complaints to the doors of five cathedrals. The priests’ actions mimic the fable that Luther nailed his 95 theses against the Catholic Church to the door of a chapel in Read more

Paramatta bishop says show respect in gay marriage vote Comments 1

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Individual opinions about Australia’s gay marriage postal survey are personal, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta Diocese says. In a pastoral letter published on the Catholic Outlook website last week, Nguyen said “when voting there must be a deep sense of respect for all concerned, and for the opinion and decision that each person Read more

British MP hounded for Catholic views Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

A British MP is being given a hard time for his Catholic views: opposing abortion in all circumstances and disagreeing with same-sex marriage. In an interview on Good Morning Britain, Jacob Rees-Mogg said he was “completely opposed to abortion” including in cases of rape and incest. “Life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of Read more

Same-sex marriage? You’re fired, says Australian Catholic Church Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Australia’s Catholic church is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised. The Church’s threats come as opponents and supporters of marriage equality stand firm to their view while the countdown to the federal government’s postal vote to decide the issue continues. The Archbishop of Read more