|Sydney||ARCHBISHOPS SPEAK OUT AGAINST MARDI GRAS|
Sydney's Catholic and Anglican archbishops have called the forthcoming Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras an exercise in gross exhibitionism that is undeserving of the presence or support of Christians.
Cardinal Clancy, writing in the
Catholic Weekly, said homosexual practices were contrary to moral law and gays should exhibit self-discipline.
"The annual Gay Mardi Gras is an exercise in gross exhibitionism that promotes a homosexual lifestyle, and does not merit our presence or our support," Cardinal Clancy said in the weekly magazine, which will be distributed to Catholic churches on Sunday.
Archbiship Goodhew added his support to the Catholic Church's message, saying Cardinal Clancy was quite correct in labelling the Mardi Gras as gross exhibitionism.
"In highly erotic display it promotes a homosexual lifestyle, and is certainly not deserving of the presence or support of citizens of this city," he said.
Both religious leaders said homosexuals had access to all pastoral support churches had to offer.
"The church recognises that there may be no responsibility on the part of homosexuals for their homosexual condition," Cardinal Clancy said. "The church, however, teaches that homosexual practices are contrary to the moral law."