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Australian bishop tells voters: read ‘signs of the times’ on same-sex marriage

September 18, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: While most Australian Catholic bishops have urged the faithful to support marriage, and the episcopal conference has called for a month of prayer before a nationwide poll on same-sex marriage, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta has said that Catholics are not obliged to reject legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Saying that the Church's teachings will not change, he encouraged voters to read the "signs of the times" on the issue.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 21, 2017 7:19 AM ET USA

    "[W]hatever the outcome of the same-sex plebiscite that will take place later this year, it won’t change the teaching of the Church." This has yet to be determined. Note that all kinds of changing of "Church teaching" are now taking place under the guise of "discernment." The purpose of the vote is to take a stand either for or against something. We are to salt the earth, not to leave it bland. The vote is a public witness to what we believe is important and true. It should not be taken lightly.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Sep. 20, 2017 12:30 AM ET USA

    This is an excellent example of "confusion speak" and the short summary above doesn't begin to do justice to it; read the Crux story for a number of fascinatingly contradictory statements. One could wander in the weeds speculating on all this given the appointer but it would only be that: speculation; the facts however do speak and then doublespeak for themselves.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Sep. 18, 2017 8:00 PM ET USA

    And he's only 54 years old. That means we may have 21 more years of accommodation-with-sin from Bp. Nguyen until he reaches mandatory retirement age! One wonders on what other topics Bp. Nguyen thinks the Church should "read the signs of the times" and just give up trying to influence secular society. Abortion? Euthanasia? Embryonic stem cell research? Polyamory? Bestiality?