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Daily Mail: Scottish bishop calls same-sex marriage ‘cultural vandalism’

Scotland’s Philip Tartaglia, a senior bishop in the Catholic church, says that any government which legalizes gay marriage is committing “cultural vandalism.”

The Bishop of Paisley said that any such move by Scottish legislators would “shame Scotland in the eyes of the world,” according to the British newspaper the Daily Mail.

“A government which favors and allows for same sex “marriage” does wrong. It fails in its duty to society,” Tartaglia said as the Scottish government began a 14-week consultation on whether homosexual couples should be allowed to marry in a civil or religious ceremony. “It undermines the common good. It commits an act of cultural vandalism.”


The Daily Mail continues:

“Such a government does not deserve the trust which the nation, and including many in the Catholic community, has shown in it.”

Current laws allow same-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership, which provides those involved with all the legal rights of a married couple, but cannot be conducted on religious premises.

Bishop Tartaglia also said that as marriage predates any government, ministers do not have the authority to change its meaning.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment G Godzi

    God give us more Bishops like this one. I could not agree with him more on the FACT that marriage predates Government and Politics. Anyway, Governments of the world belong to Satan and there will be no stopping of this sinfull trend; “Jesus said at it was in the days of Sodom so sdhal it be in the end times” Remember in the days of Sodom the sinfull and wicked men did dare force the door of Lot’s house so they could carnaly know Angels from Heaven. There is no stopping these sinners I tell you, except fire and bristone. EVEN SO COME LORD JESUS.

  • http://Samesexmarriage! Michelle Weathers

    It is a disgrace to God! I will not embrace this! Satan’s mission is to kill steal and destroy; we, the children of God; can’t continue to sit behind church doors and do nothing. Where is the strength that God placed in us? Our government has failed us But my God won’t. I will stand on His WORD because His WORD DON’T LIE! THANK YOU, GOD FOR YOUR WORD; FOR JESUS IS THE LIVING WORD, and the same strength that was in Him; He left with me and that is THE HOLY SPIRIT! I AM SOLD OUT TO JESUS; NON REFUNDABLE!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment omeggaqq

    Amen, only wish the US(esp.the current president) had the same view before its too late.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Monk21

    With same sex couples, one of the two is acting a role they are not.

  • http://None Patsy Davis

    At least the Bishop in Scotland is noting that same sex marriages are against the Bible. I agree with him totally in the article.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sandy

    I agree with you 100%. America ought to be ashamed for allowing this but then again they are trying to do away with out Constitution and Amendments a little at a time. Just as with the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, it will be punished too for not obeying Gods word. God Bless

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment E

    If ministers of the state do not own marriage, neither do ministers of the Church.

    Couldn’t those who are adamantly opposed to gay marriage continue to attend their conservative congregations without feeling threatened? It’s not like “gay marriage” is the only definition of marriage that goes against the Christian norm: there is also secular marriage, Buddhist marriage, neopagan marriage, etc. Are we Christians supposed to take up arms against those definitions too? Don’t we have better things to do, like taking care of widows and orphans?

    It is not obvious that marriage was even established as a sacrament before the council of Trent. Is it not curious that God did not see it fit to reveal an explicit wedding liturgy in either Testament?

    Even into Jesus’ time it seems that marriage was not a terribly religious affair. Was there a priest in Cana? If so, the evangelists omitted to tell us. Old Testament laws regarding marriage have more to do with property and cleanliness than any metaphysical notion of moral purity. It’s clear that Jesus did not think that the importance of marriage reached any further than earthly life.

    We are commanded to love God and the Truth with all of our strength, heart and MIND. We do disservice to God and to the Truth when we mistake social constructs for eternal institutions.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BEV


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Debbie-ann smith

    Good day all

    G.Godzi said it my way. We as the body of christ are not expecting better of this world. This world is being preserved as the scripture states to be destroyed by fire. We await the return of christ as the scripture tells us HE WHO WILL COME, WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY. Peace of God,

  • http://Marriageisn'tarightforsamesexcoouplesit'sfor1manand1woman,period! Your Name

    Homosexuals do not have a “right to marry

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Robert

    Wow are there not more divorces among CHRISTIAN
    Couples in the world, also we have no right to judge first stone, plank in eye and such. Jesus said let the things of this world be of the world and the things of I AM be of I AM, this is the reason so many are leaving the faith because we profess to know HIS will. During the day of judgement they will have to answer, but until then we need to stop acting holier the thou

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Scott

    I do know that the Bible specifically states that a man shall NOT lay with another man.
    God loves all people. God hates and condemns the sin of homosexuality. Homosexuality is a choice, a sin mankind has chosen to commit. In order to be saved, one must turn from this and from all sin.
    ROM 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    God hates and condemns the practice of homosexuality. Both in the Old Testament and the New, this is made clear in many passages. It is against the physical make-up of men and women and the purpose of marriage. Please read the following passages.

    LEV 20:13 ‘If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.

    ROM 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
    ROM 1:19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
    ROM 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
    ROM 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    ROM 1:22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
    ROM 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
    ROM 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them.
    ROM 1:25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

    These passages clearly state God’s position on homosexuality. Why some people want to cloud the issue with a lot of double-talk and adding their interpretation to a scripture that is only interpretable in one way, really causes lots of people to stumble into sin. Jesus said that it would be better for that person to have a millstone placed around his neck and cast to the depths of the sea than to caus one of my children to stumble and sin. Matthew 18:6

    Personally, I hope that those who think that homosexuality is okay and we should just accept it as a way of life will wake up before it’s too late.
    God bless you all.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jule

    Tell me how the Congress, Senate, and House of Reprentatives can JUSTIFY,the $3000 a month raise they gave themselves. When no one received a anything for social security for two yrs. Are these senators and congressman and congresswomen working for us or themselves and making it better for them.Here is my solution WE THE PEOPLE TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY BY STARTING PETITIONS, THAT, THEY, THE SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN ONLY GET 2 TERMS IN OFFICE JUST LIKE THE PRESIDENT. AND NO BENEFITS LET THEM PAY INTO SOCIAL SECURITY LIKE THE REST OF US. And ship all the illegal aliens back to there country and let them fix there country, their are enough of them here .

  • http://http// jim osurmann

    homosexual marriages is not only “cultural vandalism”.. it is one of the WORST EVIL man can do. Look at the animals, they follow God’s design for them – you cannot see male dog “sexually attached” to another male dog… have you seen pigs, cats, deers, elephants, horses, bears, lions, tigers, etc., etc.,etc., who do it? They are animals… but human today, because of the “evilness” of the world system allows homosexuality to be free, are worst than animals!!!

    God forgives us!!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Petra

    I agree with the Scottish Bishop. These people are sick and are to be pitied and helped by governments and not be allowed to marry for heavens sake

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dr. James Shorten

    No man or Government has the right to change God’s Law… But, we shall not judge. Therefore “Current laws allow same-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership, which provides those involved with all the legal rights of a married couple, but cannot be conducted on religious premises”. I do believe that a man can have the brain of a woman and a woman the brain of a man. Therefore I will not judge them. God understands this chemistry better then any of us. But God did say that a marriage is between a man and a woman. I believe that say’s it all….

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment John

    If god and nature wanted same sex marrage they would have created two Admse or two Eves not one Adm and one eve

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jenni

    In nature, there are homosexual animals.. Marriage is a legally binding contract..

    Marriage used to be about property rights/slave trade and marrying your 12 year old daughter off to a 40 year old man.

    Why are people so insistent on quoting the bible.

    I can do that too.. It says some horrible things that none of you would dream of doing. Either do it all or do nothing stop picking and choosing.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment VVVA

    If no marriages had religious affiliations, would questions about religious acceptance or religious sanctions and what should be regarded as a religious breech no longer be attached to the communal joining of persons in marriage.
    Would this even occur to a society as a political issue?
    A marriage may be viewed as a social contract. Governmental policy only begins to play a role in this union for tax purposes. Otherwise why would laws about any marriage exist. Partners in same sex marriages are hypothetically only going to be responsible for the same amount of taxes as any average couple. Why do laws governing marriage even exist???? And furthermore, ignorance of the bible is no excuse. Stop quoting the bible (which is all about the discipline of love) to be long winded, intolerant, bordering on committing the sin of not loving your neighbor as your self, and doomsayers.

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