Canada has its share of yippers and yappers who won't stop chewing on the bone of homosexuals and same-sex marriage. The purest example of the intolerant and irrational may be Calgary's Roman Catholic Bishop Fred Henry.
He is adamantly and incessantly anti-gay, anti-gay rights and most certainly anti-same-sex marriage, law or not. He is a publicity hound, who publishes widely and will not pass a dais without leaping behind it to orate.
Among his many public pronouncements are:
- Same-sex marriage will "usher in an era of intolerance and discrimination the likes of which we have rarely seen before." His main point is that bigoted speech may be prosecuted.
- "It's about the children, stupid!" Same-sex marriage makes "children's rights secondary to adults." He contends that "stable and exclusive homosexual coupling is the exception rather than the norm." (This link is a PDF.)
- The hidden agenda — "Contrary to what is normally alleged, the primary goals in seeking legalization of same-sex 'marriage' are not financial or health benefits associated with marriage; nor are the goals the search for stability and exclusivity in a homosexual relationship. The principal objective in seeking same-sex 'marriage' is not really even about rights."
- Democracy should be a moral weapon. "The denial of the social and legal status of marriage to same-sex couples is not discrimination. It is not something opposed to justice; on the contrary, justice requires such an opposition. The goal is to acquire a powerful psychological weapon to change society's rejection of homosexual activity and lifestyle into gradual, even if reluctant, acceptance."
Yes, I would refuse him Communion. I felt in conscience that I had to write a pastoral letter to my people in which I explained that his position was morally inconsistent and incoherent and that there was no way in which he could claim to be a good practicing Catholic and at the same time espouse this pushing of the same-sex union legislation and his position on abortion.So, it's his way or the road to hell. Hmmm, think, think, think.
By the bye, Martin's home-parish priest, Rev. John Walsh, in Quebec disagrees and offers the PM communion. "We can't use the eucharist as a time...to judge a person's conscience by refusing them communion," he said on CJAD radio.