Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Media Mis-represents the Pope on SSM

Today, NOM Blog reports on the furore surrounding a report that the Pope has "Called for Catholic Church Re-think on Gay Parents", as reported, for example, here.

The remarks come from a recently published conversation with the leaders of certain religious orders, by a Jesuit journal on Friday. In it, Pope Francis called for the Church to reevaluate the way in which children in difficult circumstances are engaged through catechesis and evangelisation.
As children of same-sex couples were mentioned, the media of course went into its full spin cycle, with "Italian media on Sunday [running] headlines saying the pope's words were an opening to legal provisions for civil unions for gay couples" [SOURCE].

However, the Vatican's Press Secretary called these reports "a 'manipulation' of the Pope's words," and said that the Pope was "alluding to the suffering of children" and how the Church addresses those sufferings.

Indeed, far from a softening of the Church's stance against redefining marriage, the Pope's remarks reaffirm that the Church recognises the children raised in such abnormal circumstances as disadvantaged and indeed even "suffering" a violation of their fundamental right to enjoy the love of both a mother and a father. There is nothing new in the Pope's teachings, therefore, but simply a call to reemphasise the need of such children to be approached with compassion and clarity, lest they feel alienated and are further victimised when the situations in which they are raised are no fault of their own.

But don't wait for the mainstream media to present you with that angle, or you'll be waiting a very long time.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

A message from Brentwood Diocese' Marriage & Family Life Coordinator

Dear Friends,

Following the report stages this Bill will now reach its third reading in the House of Commons on the 20th and 21st May (this Monday). Click this link to see the details.

This is by no means a ‘done deal’ and there is still time to let your MP know how you feel. There is considerable feeling in both government and within the communities that this Bill is being rushed through with no mandate.

Marriage does matter and I have attached a copy of the leaflet we produced. Please do all you can to ensure that we give everyone the simple facts about this. In short, this proposal gives no additional rights that existing Civil Partnerships don’t already give. There is no great demand from society to push this legislation through with such haste. If we change the definition of marriage now we will change it forever.

Please continue to pray in support of those MP’s and leaders who continue to speak out against this legislation.

With ever best wish,


Phil Butcher. MA,MBA.
Director – Commission for Justice and Social Responsibility
Marriage and Family Life Diocesan Coordinator
Diocese of Brentwood
Cathedral House, Ingrave Road, Brentwood. CM15 8AT
Tel 01277 265252
Mob 07777 663724 
Skype phil.butcher3

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Ryan Anderson Stands up For Marriage

Ryan Anderson is co-author of a well-written book called What is Marriage: A Man and a Woman, a Defense.

In this video, he takes on the opposition and does really well I think. Certainly it took a lot of courage for him to go before this hanging judge and allow himself to be treated the way he was on CNN Live.

His attackers were Piers Morgan and Suzie Orman. Suzie Orman is particularly pejorative in her attack demonstrating her own extreme ignorance, in that her sole argument is ad hominem and again we see the reality of liberal fascism--the modern reality that you can say anything as long as it is acceptable to the liberal thought police. If you fall foul of their rules, you're attacked as a bigot. The main thrust of her argument seems to be to keep shouting that Ryan is vastly in the minority. Piers Morgan on the other hand is rude and certainly not objective in his approach. He keeps interrupting and making all kinds of accusations against Ryan.

How can you deny these two people a marriage if they want one? You would deny them on grounds of consanguinity, polygamy, and various other situations. That's what the law does.

I think Ryan Anderson handled himself well, with dignity, integrity and aplomb. When you consider that he was up against two television professionals, he came out pretty well.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The Same Sex Marriage Debate

This is a very good debate between David Robertson and Peter D Williams vs Patrick Harvie MSP and William Rennie MSP in Charlotte Chapel Edinburgh, produced by Seraph Media for Solas CPC. It presents a very comprehensive argument from both sides.

David Robertson demonstrates that the debate about this has been stifled and that it has nothing to do with bigotry and reveals the real agenda behind this purely political move.

So-called 'gay marriage' undermines and destroys Marriage and the nuclear family.


The Consequences of Re-defining Marriage

Coalition For Marriage Events

This is a note of the upcoming Coalition for Marriage meetings in the Essex area. At these events you will be able to find out more about how you can help the Coalition for Marriage campaign in simple, practical ways.
Epping: Monday 13 May, 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The Bell Hotel, High Road, Epping, CM16 4DG
Rayleigh: Tuesday 14 May, 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The Rayleigh Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh, SS6 9QS
Eastcote: Wednesday 15 May, 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The Tudor Lodge, 50 Field End Road, Eastcote, HA5 2QN
The same presentation will be given at each venue. Please come to one of the meetings and feel free to bring along fellow marriage supporters. The events will include tea and coffee.
We look forward to seeing you at one of these important events so that you can get involved in defending marriage.