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Pope wades into UK gay clergy battle

I love the Holy Father. I wonder what others think of this article? If it was wrong 2000 years ago should the pope change his stance because people are more accepting of sin?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:50 AM on Feb. 2, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • London, England (CNN) -- A furor has erupted in Britain over comments by the pope seen as critical of a new law the Roman Catholic church fears will force it to accept homosexuals into its ranks.

    In remarks to 35 British and Welsh Catholic bishops during a visit to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI urged them challenge what he said were attempts to restrict religious freedoms.
    "Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society," the pope said, according to the Vatican Information Service.

    "Yet, the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs."


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:51 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • The Catholic News Service said pope's comments were a direct assault on a new Equality Bill under debate in the British Parliament that the Catholic clergy say will expose them to prosecution if they reject priesthood candidates on the basis of sexual orientation.

    The upper House of Lords has amended the legislation to exempt priests or ministers, but both the Roman Catholic Church and Church of England say it still affects other clerical staff and have called for a return to the status quo.

    Pope Benedict, who is due to visit the UK this year, urged the bishops to uphold religious principles and press their case with "national debate through respectful dialogue with other elements in society," CNS reported.

    "When so many of the population claim to be Christian, how could anyone dispute the Gospel's right to be heard?" he said.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:52 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • "Fidelity to the Gospel in no way restricts the freedom of others -- on the contrary, it serves their freedom by offering them the truth," he said.

    Britain's conservative Daily Telegraph newspaper described the comments, which come ahead of a general election that could unseat the ruling Labour Party, as a "strongly worded intervention in British politics."

    Gavin D'Costa, a professor in Catholic Theology at the UK's University of Bristol said the pope was more likely to be airing the concerns of his bishops than wading in with direct criticism of British political policy.

    "He is speaking about a theme, about how the state and religion relate and whether the state has a right to interfere with the running of religious groups," he told CNN.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:52 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • He needs to stick to his guns. Just because something might be more acceptable to mainstream/secular society doesn't mean the Church should follow suit. The Catholic Church is not about all being "popular", it's about following their beliefs and doing what they think is right regardless of what others think.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:51 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • It is of no account with God if PEOPLE become more accepting of sin.

    "What! Do you not know that unrighteous persons will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be misled. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men kept for unnatural purposes, nor men who lie with men, nor thieves, nor greedy persons, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit God’s kingdom." 1Cor.6:9

    "Do not be misled". God does not, cannot, lie. - Titus 1:2

    Answer by JoojooJW at 10:55 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • Wow if the pope seriously gives into that, doesn't that only prove the pope is totally and completely pointless? if he was truly there appointed down from peter or whoever, dont you think there wouldn't even BE a debate? really... mr. pope, lay down the law already. the bible is the word or god. follow it. obey it. sheesh.

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 12:08 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • did you not hear what the pope said missbreezy?

    he already laid down the law
    "When so many of the population claim to be Christian, how could anyone dispute the Gospel's right to be heard?" he said

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:57 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • The Pope is a helper to the anti christ not just a single one but the position of. I mean the catholic church has changed times and laws, we now go by the calendar of a pope, the catholic has changed sabbath from sat to sun *as a symbol of her own authority* the church's own wording btw. So why not change others bible laws too?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:16 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • Also the catholic church changed the original date of the passover and if you don't believe me look up Asia Minor. They were persecuted FOR A DAY!!!! They refused to uphold the new passover day and they were killed for a day. it will happen again Sunday Law is coming don't worry Sunday Christians you are safe from man but NOT from God!

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:18 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • the anti Catholic anon has returned

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:21 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

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