Vatican set to target gay marriage
Later this week, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will publish a teaching document detailing the Church's stance on legally recognised union between same-sex partners.
Congregation Prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has already signed and circulated the document among the world's bishops, and it will be officially released on Thursday. Its 12 pages focus on "considerations regarding proposals to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual partners".
Sources suggest the document does not contain any major new teaching, but reiterates the traditional teachings of the Church regarding homosexuality and homosexual acts. It then provides a series of clear and logical arguments against the legal recognition of same-sex unions.
Vatican officials indicate that the document will be directed particularly toward politicians. Church officials have been alarmed by the escalating trend towards legalising same-sex union in variety of countries including Canada.
Catholic World News says the writers of the document appeal to scientific principles, and not exclusively the Bible or other forms of religious revelation recognised by the Church. It will be followed by another document giving instructions on whether gay men should be admitted to study for the priesthood.
Catholic World News
Document on recognition of homosexual unions (Vatican Information Service)
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It's Your Duty To Oppose Gay Marriage Vatican Tells Politicians (365gay.com)
Bishop Gabino Zavala: The Church's Ministry to Homosexual Persons (The Tidings)
Pope speaks out against gay marriage (11/6/03)
Italian Priest Defies Vatican Ban On Gay Marriage (365gay.com)
29 Jul 2003