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English bishop: same-sex marriage the ‘inevitable outcome’ of artificial contraception

August 02, 2013

In a message to his diocese, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said that the recent legislative passage of same-sex marriage in England and Wales is “the inevitable outcome of a process that has been gathering pace since the sexual revolutions of the 1960s,” particularly artificial contraception, “which split [the] two ends of sexual intercourse, separating the unitive and suppressing the procreative aspect.”

“In the revised understanding of sexual intercourse and family life, powerful lobby groups have enabled homosexual relationships to become socially acceptable, and so the Government’s attempt to extend marriage to same-sex couples - and in time, presumably, to other combinations and partnerships - is an inevitable development,” continued the prelate, who was ordained a bishop in 2012.

“As Catholics, like Israel in Egypt, we now find ourselves in an alien land that speaks a foreign language with unfamiliar customs,” he added. “Parliament’s Orwellian attempt to redefine marriage radically changes the social context and this presents a massive challenge to the Church in England and Wales: to those who wish to marry in our churches, to Catholic parents bringing up children, to teachers in our Catholic schools, and to the clergy engaged in pastoral ministry. It may also be a legal minefield, although we will have to wait before the full implications of the new legislation take effect.”


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  • Posted by: kwonbbl1 - Aug. 03, 2013 12:20 AM ET USA

    It is inevitable course on the slippery slope - a satanic device. Pleasure principle is not something can glue marriage together. Such hedonistic human mindset (in addition to the power principle - as in homo hedonicus and potentas, replacing homo sapiens) is at the root of most of human evil and degradation, with ultimately demoting God to a mere tool or means for their action and agenda, not only by atheists but also those who hold on their religions.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 02, 2013 4:30 PM ET USA

    California gay author Richard Rodriguez rightly notes that "Contracepting couples are heterosexual gays." Gays and contraceptors share the same overall view of sex, gender and marriage. Of sex, that it's a mutually pleasuring activity with no kids; of gender, that it's essentially irrelevant; on marriage, that it's whatever the two adults want it to be, a kind of me-ism for two. Even "gay marriage" doesn't redefine marriage as radically as contraception does. Contraception queered marriage.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 02, 2013 4:20 PM ET USA

    Actually, it all started with the Lambeth Conference of 1930, when the Anglicans first approved of artificial birth control---the first Christian sect to do so.