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Scotland approves same-sex marriage, archbishop foresees challenge to Church

February 05, 2014

Scotland’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly to recognize same-sex marriage, drawing an expression of keen disappointment from the Scottish Catholic bishops.

By a vote of 105-18, lawmakers followed the path of England and Wales, which have already approved same-sex marriage. Scotland had previously allowed for registration of civil partnerships by homosexual couples.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said that he did not think the bill passed by parliament would require Catholic priests to officiate at same-sex marriages, but he was not certain that the Church would remain untouched. “We cannot exclude the eventuality that, in the future, some individuals will initiate legal action against a Catholic priest or the Church because they won't accept to celebrate gay marriages,” he said.


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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Feb. 06, 2014 12:35 PM ET USA

    This is an early indication of what Scottish Catholics can expect from their government should the people vote for independence from the UK this year. The gay-loving SNP is an extreme left-wing party which has a stranglehold on the Scottish Parliament, and further anti-Christian legislation can now be expected to follow this ridiculous law. It is ominous that the proposed conscience clauses in the legislation were rejected by the MPs. They will allow no one to dissent from their diktat.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 06, 2014 11:02 AM ET USA

    Hear, hear, Deacon. Not only our lamentations, but how long will it be before we are forced to defend our faith with our blood? Pope John Paul II saw this coming when he wrote Veritatis Splendor.

  • Posted by: deacondcronk8813 - Feb. 05, 2014 8:02 PM ET USA

    The bishop of Scotland gets it: the church will be dragged into court and found guilty by the same people who just voted to turn the marrisge covenant into a lie. Jesus knew he was a lier from the first, the father of lies.and now we weep for more lost sheep.Where are the sheperds now? Our lamentations are only just now starting to build.