British religious homophobia

This video from the USA says about itself:

In recent months a number of abuse claims have emerged in the US, leading to increasing pressure on Pope Benedict XVI to issue a public apology.

In Arizona Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, is accused of siding with priests rather than those they are accused of abusing.

Al Jazeera’s John Terrett reports from the US state on a scandal that has gripped North America.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Cardinal’s anti-gay rant ‘unacceptable’

Gay rights: Catholic Cardinal Keith O’Brien was dismissed as a scaremonger today after a tirade against civil gay marriages in which he branded the plans a “grotesque subversion” of human rights.

The hysterical cleric said it would create a society “which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father.”

But lesbian Tory MP Margot James said: “I think it is a completely unacceptable way for a prelate to talk.”

See also here. And here.

His Eminence Keith O’Brien should worry about clerical sexual abuse, aided and abetted by his church’s hierarchy, including the highest level in the Vatican; instead of about people loving each other and wanting to marry.

Catholics will be told of their ‘duty to oppose gay marriage’ at mass this weekend: here.

Did the Catholic Voices poll show a Britain opposed to gay marriage? Not really: here.

USA: ’80s sitcom star turned religious activist Kirk Cameron is not a fan of homosexuality and he isn’t shy about sharing his feelings on the subject: here.

8 thoughts on “British religious homophobia

  1. Homophobia here is shocking

    Tuesday 06 March 2012

    As a new arrival from Poland, I thought that in Britain I wouldn’t be exposed to homophobia.

    But the vitriolic and fallacious attack of Cardinal O’Brien on gay marriage has reminded me of the worst post-communist hate speech in eastern Europe.

    The cleric is wrong about the “grotesque madness” of same-sex marriage as the recognition of relationship is a human right and belongs to the people, and not to the church.

    Uniting in a marriage is a social act which should not be prohibited and condemned, but celebrated.

    Tomasz Kitlinski


  2. Civil partnerships ‘just a friendship’

    RIGHTS: The head of England and Wales’s Catholic church sparked outrage today after claiming that civil partnerships were not marriages but just friendships.

    Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols told a bemused Jeremy Paxman on Thursday night he respected gay, lesbian and trans couples, but “what they are called to is not marriage but a very profound and lifelong friendship.”


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